Welcome to my blog, my sanctuary of my thoughts, rambles, and rants as I do the unfathomable and become a runner. I'm positive you will laugh, giggle, maybe tear up and rant along with me-all at my expense. Which is exactly the point of this. I need to do this as a form of accountability for myself, and its a little cheap therapy for my PCOS and normal frustrations along the way.
SO.....why am I deciding to become a runner? I am 25, I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and I'm tired of not fighting, sitting back and not making a change. So finally I got so tired of it, that I agreed to do something crazy....I am doing a Half-Marathon with my old college roommates in May. I round up some more friends in my other social circles, and let my family and friends know, so that they would understand when I decided to go run and meet them later. Now....with months to go I am starting with baby steps-literally and following a slow start conditioning program.
PCOS- a genetic endocrine disorder that directly effects the female reproductive system, hormones, and metabolism. Some side effects include: insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, infertility, lack of menstrual cycle, acne, weight gain, male pattern hair growth, loss of hair, and a variety of more symptoms all linked together- Lovely huh? (I suggest Google or WebMDing the topic for an in depth formal explanation- I did NOT go to Medical School) It affects 1 in 10 women, and many women have these symptoms and they go undiagnosed for far too long.
I was a ridiculously active 11 year old who within in month of starting her journey to womanhood, had a bunch of these symptoms pop up and with one visit to my Primary Care Physician-my life has never been the same. I continued to be very active all through college, mostly did water polo, rowing, some cycling, and yoga in college. Now, after a whirl wind 2 years in the "real" world, I am here.
So there you have the huge nutshell....welcome to my journey! It's going to be a bitch-but nothing worth having, comes without hard work.