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CHAPTER: Palo Alto

FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Trail Running

DAY JOB: Certified Personal Trainer

Living life to the fullest has always been a priority of mine. I crave new experiences, whether it’s through outdoor adventures, a different type of work out, meeting new people, tasting new foods, you get the picture. Like many others, there have been times where life threw lemons at me and I had to make lemonade by being bold, taking risks, and making the adjustments necessary to keep fulfilling the needs of my body, mind, and soul. About 4 years ago, I started to have severe pain in my hip and groin whenever I would go trail running or hiking, my two FAVORITE physical activities in the world! I would push through it for the next few weeks and continue running and hiking, until I humbly realized it wasn’t getting any better and I needed to get to the bottom of this pain. I had an MRI done and was determined that surgery would be the last option for me. It took a lot of resting and healing to become pain free, combined with physical therapy and a set of prescribed strengthening exercises and stretches over the course of the next 3.5 years to get back to hiking and trail running again the way I used to, without surgery. There was a lot of trial and error during this time. I tried several times in those 3.5 years to run trails and to hike when I thought I had made enough progress to do so, only to be let down by the pain that would last for days after my favorite activities, time and time again. I often wondered if I was ever going to be able to run and hike again. I knew that running and hiking had always made me come alive, and after not feeling like myself for way too long, I was determined that I was going to be alright and that this was not going to last forever, and it didn’t! I realized that my recovery was just as much about taking care of my body through the prescribed exercises and stretches, as it was my mental outlook on the future. I kept envisioning myself being able to do my favorite activities again as if I was already doing them. I became more patient with my body’s progress and the time and consistency it needed to fully recover and become strong again, and four years later, I am 6 months into trail running 5+ miles again and hiking 10-16 miles a week in Northern California! I am humbled by the experience of not having running and hiking be a part of my life for so long, and grateful that it wasn’t worse and that I was able to find other activities and adventures along the way that I could feed my spirit with, as shown in this picture. My message: be bold, be grateful, and don't give up, ever!

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