Guest Post by Stacey Greenberg
I played soccer growing up, all the way through high school, and into college. I tore my ACL freshman year and had to endure surgery and eight months of rehab. That resulted in a much higher interest in barhopping than sports for the rest of my college days…and well, my twenties as a whole.
After having kids in my 30s, I somehow ended up on a Roller Derby team. It was super fun until I had my leg broken in two places, which resulted in another surgery. This time I had a twelve inch metal rod hammered into my tibia.
Desperately needing to get in shape as my forties approached, I signed up for a boot camp class. It only took two weeks before I hurt my knee and had to take a break.
See a pattern here?
Despite thinking I couldn’t run because of all of the metal in my legs, a friend and I muddled our way through the Couch to 5K app, and then continued running on our own for about a year. We weren’t really getting any faster or going any further on our own, so we decided to sign up with Star Runners last fall for the half marathon training group. It seemed like a crazy idea at the time—a half marathon!—but we did it.
And then we did another one. And then we signed up for Star’s triathlon training group. We completed the Memphis in May Sprint, the Dragonfly Tri, and have two more races fast approaching. Now I don’t just run on a regular basis, I swim and bike too.
This is all in less than a year!
I think what’s most notable, at least for me, is that I have been 100% injury free. Star is very serious about everyone sticking to a plan and not overdoing things. She has provided so much guidance and offered so much support, it’s been impossible to fail. I’m in the best shape of my life, and for the first time in over twenty years, I think of myself as an athlete.
Thank you, Star!