My guest on the show today is someone that found running a bit later in life.
The trails are where she feels most at home and she aspires to keep pushing her limits for as long as her body allows.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Pamela Weir.
Holding Tight To Running
Pamela first began running for a simple reason…she is admittedly frugal and didn’t want to join a gym.
In the past, when life threw obstacles in her way running was often the first thing she neglected.
A traumatic event 6 years ago occurred when a close family member was assaulted.
Pamela was deeply affected and was adamant that nothing else be taken from her, including her running.
It was at that moment that she made a commitment to put herself first regardless of circumstances.
In the years that followed, she has stuck with her promise and made running a priority.
Trial and Error
Running for Pamela, like for so many, was trial and error.
Early on in her running, she suffered from a stress fracture due to not listening to her body.
With experience, Pamela has learned to listen to her body and make gradual increases in her training as needed.
Pamela also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis which can occasionally hinder her running.
She takes medication to help control her symptoms.
Her Doctor suggested that the amount of running she is doing may actually be helping her arthritis rather than making it worse.
The extra aches and pains have not stopped her from going the distance.
Currently, her longest race completed is a 50k with plans to go longer in the future.
Running primarily on trails carries inherent risks.
One precaution Pamela takes while running is to never wear headphones.
She has encountered numerous wild animals, such as rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and coyotes.
Staying aware of her surroundings has kept her safe on more than one occasion.
An incident with an injured runner spurred her to carry more supplies in her emergency kit which she always brings with her.
For Pamela, it’s typically not her body that gives out first, it’s her mind.
A strategy that she has found successful while running long is to always try to run the flat parts because she will hike up the hills.
All the tough points that Pamela has experienced in running have only helped her to grow and gain more clarity.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Tiger Balm
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