Em here. I'm holding the best damn burrito in Seattle in the above picture. This plant-powered goodness has been fueling me these days (plus chips + guac, of course).
I can't begin without commenting on the amount of chaos and pain happening in the world right now. So many in Seattle are showing support, working towards racial equity, and I'm so thankful to be in this city. My mission each day is to bring more love into the world. There needs to be BIG change. My heart aches for so many. I also recognize that most of the people I connect with in this space are Vestibular Warriors. Healing does start with the kindness we show ourselves and how we nourish our minds and bodies. We can in turn bring kindness into the world. Let the spark ignite within you, so together we can create change.
As I write this post I feel like I've gone back in time. In 2013 I created my first blog Love A Latte where I shared my life as a plant-based eater, runner and my journey into motherhood. I just talked about my life and a lot of that was all the running I was doing. I'd wake up before work and run. I'd put together training plans and share all about them connecting with others who were passionate about health + wellness. Man, it was so much fun! The blogging world was such a different place back then. I just recently stopped paying for my old site- felt like the right time to let it go considering I hadn't written on it in three years. Also, the vestibular something changed my world. I feel like a new me in so many ways (which I'm sure you understand if you too are a Vestibular Warrior).
My heart feels happy just to let the words flow and share with you my next adventure. Running is a best friend of mine. It brought me back to life in 2018 when I was starting to recover my wellness after the vestibular storm. I slowlyyy got back out on the trails. I placed no expectations on myself and just craved being out in nature again. I'd run for a few minutes and then walk some. I'd walk some more and then run when I felt up to. I felt the ground beneath my feet and over weeks of taking to the trail a few days a week, I was just running again. It was an awakening. It built up my confidence after it had been shattered by vestibular neuritis + vestibular migraines.
I had one of my worst attacks in the summer of 2018. Running was my comeback. I remember listening to books like Girl, Wash Your Face and Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me and music like Macklemore and Daft Punk...and uncovering a heck of a lot of bliss as I felt my body working for me.
Fast forward two years, I've recovered my wellness (and still working to heal and thrive each day) and I'm really excited to set my next goal. I also thought it would be fun to get back in the blogging groove. In July I'm diving into getting a Plant-based Nutrition Certificate with eCornell just to take things up a notch. I love learning about plant-based nutrition and I thought it would be a beautiful addition in my nutrition consulting. Along with that 6-week program I want to start hitting the trails again. Basically getting my body in shape to begin training (see below) in August for a race come November.
Here's my training plan. I'm sharing it to make myself accountable, but also because I love to read about others training adventures, so thought there might be someone else out there who enjoys reading about mine. I know this space is typically dedicated to just to vestibular condition healing, but a big part of the healing is moving beyond the vestibular storm. This is me doing just that. I should also mention that I've been a runner the last decade+. I started running my last year of college and it's been a love of mine since. I've run a few half marathons, one full and a few shorter races. But ultra running, that's the dream... Rich Roll is someone I certainly look up to.
I was tempted to just start training for a 50k. I have daydreams about just being out in Pacific Northwest nature, endless trails and just enjoying the bliss all around me. I know I shouldn't just dive back in like that though. All in good time... I did buy this book though and had to start reading it just because I like to mentally prepare myself (and I find it thrilling). Come January I'll start looking for ultra races.
I have no idea what this training will look like! I feel like a new running-me post-vestibular stufffff.
I know how to take better care of my health now.
I know how to nourish and fuel my body from the inside out (hey plants!).
I know how to use my holistic toolkit of pure essential oils and supplements for extra support.
And I feel so thankful for all the incredible people I've connected with along the way...
So here I go! I'll be back soon to update you.