How I’m Learning to Love Running Again

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⇥ Leggings: CW-X | Sports Bra: Fabletics (similar here & here) | Sneakers: Nike
⇥ Smart Watch: Apple + Nike Sports Band | Headband: Nike

Back in my middle & high school years, I ran track and absolutely loved it. Still to this day, I love having the ability to run outside during the spring, summer, and early fall seasons. However, it took a while for me to get back to this state of “loving” it because of a painful, chronic injury that kept me from even the lightest form of jogging…

During my Sophomore year of high school, I developed Compartment Syndrome in both my calves as a result of increased muscle mass. For a solid year I felt like I had a permanent charley horse in both legs. Needless to say this was incredibly painful to tolerate, even walking felt torturous. The only options I had were 1) surgery, and 2) physical therapy to relieve the pressure & pain.


During this time, I was Nationally ranked as a horseback rider & working towards receiving a full-ride to compete on a collegiate NCAA Division 1 team. Therefore, if I received surgery then I wouldn’t have been able to ride for the 6 months that counted the most for recruitment. So my only option was to receive physical therapy for a year, which I did 2x a week at Lenox Hill.

Slowly but surely I regained strength in my calves and with the amazing assistance of my doctor, I got back to a state of being able to run again! However, I still have to take it easy with certain conditions: such as the ground I run on (pavement vs dirt) and limiting activities that request me to bounce on my toes (i.e. jumping jacks.)


I’m very lucky to be able to run again but I still would feel hesitant here & there; I felt like my legs were stronger on some days more than others. I craved more support, similar to a calf compression sleeve but without the extreme level of tightness in a localized area. So I was super excited to try out these CW-X Endurance Generator Tights after reading about the dual muscle & joint support provided.

Not only are my calves fully supported during each run, but so are my knees, hips, quads, & hamstrings! With maximum shock absorption & stability, every run I go on wearing these tights feels increasingly reassuring. If you’re someone with an ongoing injury, then I highly suggest getting a pair of these; they will change your life & allow you to fall in love with running again.


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8 Comments

  • Reply Ryan Kaine August 1, 2018 at 7:11 am

    What’s your ab routine ?y

    • Reply Tilden August 1, 2018 at 7:44 am

      I do alternating days of BBG & 30/60/90 workouts! Sometimes I throw my own mix of abs in there as well, if I’m feeling up to it. I try to exercise them every day, as its the one part of my body that I’m most proud of and want to keep up in appearance! 😀

      Here are the links to some posts that feature my routines:
      https://tobebright.com/abs-ass-30-minutes/
      https://tobebright.com/what-motivates-me-to-workout/
      https://tobebright.com/in-the-pink-a-fitness-update/
      https://tobebright.com/fitness-update-june-july/

      xx

      • Reply Ryan Kaine August 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

        Thank you. How did you find 30/60/90? What is it? Do you have recommendations on food/ diet?

        • Reply Tilden August 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

          My sister found out about it while browsing GILT – they had a coupon deal to start so we tried it out and fell in love with it! We’ve seen the best results so quickly and unexpectedly. She (my sister) just finished the training program and will soon be holding classes herself! 30/60/90 used to be an Equinox class but they’ve branched out to be more available for people to take it.

          In terms for food/diet, I’m going to do a more specified post about the smoothies I make each morning, post workout and on days I don’t make it to the gym! xx

  • Reply Shannon Kennedy August 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I just found your blog through facebook and wow i love these photos! You look great in this running wear! I love the bright yellow of the sports bra! I’m starting my weight loss journey and i’m not ready to start running yet but looking for inspiration!
    Shannon
    http://www.shaykennedy.me

    • Reply Tilden August 1, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Thank you so much Shannon!

      Wishing you the best of luck with your journey <3 If you're looking for workout ideas that are very effective & can be easily done at home (not always a gym) I highly suggest looking into the Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines! I've been doing it since January and I started noticing results by week 3! They're 35 minute workouts and super effective if you stick to the 3x per week program along with clean eating habits!

      Here's a link to one of my past posts that talks about what motivates me to workout & a bit about my personal BBG journey: https://tobebright.com/what-motivates-me-to-workout/

      Check out Kayla’s Instagram too, she posts a ton of before & after transformation pics of people who post about their BBG journeys: https://www.instagram.com/kayla_itsines/

      xx

  • Reply Maria Kelly August 2, 2018 at 3:14 am

    So pleased to hear you are getting your passion for running again. You look amazing! xx

    • Reply Tilden August 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks babe!! xx

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