Hi! I’m “Just a Running Chick,” or “Miss E.” I am writing this blog mostly for me. For exercise, I like to walk, swim, and run. I’m trying to get back into running (May 2013) after a long hiatus. I thought if I were committed to posting to a blog, it would help me train better (and run more!). In the summer I tend to swim more. I also like wine, a good book, and virtual worlds.
I started running in high school as a way to lose weight. I loved the runner’s high and how I felt as a runner. When I was in college, I was on the cross-country team for a season.
It wasn’t until my 20s when I realized I had depression – this after seeing therapists for years. Running was my lifeline as I journeyed to get better.
Around the time I turned 30, I suddenly could not walk up the stairs. My knees had given way. I went to physical therapy, but thought I could never run again. I was devastated. I turned to swimming, which I’m actually good at as I grew up swimming on swim teams from age 4 to 12. I still tried to run during the summers, being the “fair weather” runner I’d always despised! I also sometimes ran on treadmills. But I never really got back into running.
For some reason, in spring of this year (2013), I decided I was going to get back into running full time. At the time, I was stressed out by work and overweight. I didn’t like how I felt about myself. This blog is my record (for me) of trying to get back into running. Right now, I’d be happy if I could run 30 minutes straight.
I have celiac disease, which means I cannot eat wheat, rye, barley, or malt (since it’s made from barley). I had it as a baby, but back then, the doctors thought it “went away.” I went through decades of problems before being re-diagnosed. Unfortunately, if you had celiac disease as a baby, you never outgrew it. The doctors now know that it never goes away. For whatever reason, it is now being diagnosed more frequently than in the past; whether the blood test for antibodies is making it easier to diagnose this disease, or something else is going on, I don’t know. I recently read of an Australian study that combines a genetic test with the blood test. The researchers in the study believe that, instead of the “1 in 100” number of people with celiac, it could now be as high as 1 in 60 women and 1 in 80 men.
As an added bonus, I’m lactose intolerant, and I cannot eat MSG without getting terrible migraines. Some days I feel like Leonard in The Big Bang Theory! So whenever I have tummy troubles, I basically have to go back to eating basic, unprocessed foods – vegetables, nuts, etc. – to make sure that it was nothing I ate.
Regarding my posts on wine: I am not a wine critic, but I like to keep notes on the wines I enjoy. I hope that maybe in posting these wines you might find a wine you enjoy, too. You can find plenty of reviews on these wines by Googling them.