My name is MJ. I’m 28 years old and I live in Jersey City, NJ. I’m originally from Miami and moved to NYC at the very end of August 2014. In the month of March 2015, I moved to Jersey and although there’s nothing like my way-too-small apt in Brooklyn, I’m truly enjoying my life on the other side of the Hudson River.
I moved to NYC at 190lbs. I had previously done CrossFit, where with a Paleo diet lifestyle, I managed to lose 27lbs. I then gained the weight back, slowly but surely, and it was a roller-coaster for a while after. After a breakup, I tried to go back to focus on running. Unfortunately trying to de-stress that much only resulted in an injury. However, just after nearly 4 years of moving, I’m feeling much healthier and stronger. The battle on the scale is ongoing but now I focus more on how I feel rather than succumbing to whatever the numbers are screaming at me.
I ran my first race in Sept 2011 and I absolutely fell in love with running. I’ve ran 5Ks, 10Ks, 4, 5, 6, 10 milers, two half marathon and obstacle races (one of which was the Spartan Citi Field Sprint.) I also enjoy spinning and I’ve even done the Fight for Air Stair Climb in 2 separate occasions. Lifting is also something I enjoy a lot and biking is a part of my daily commute.
I’ve dealt with a few injuries since 2011: herniated disc and lots of low back issues (mostly due to congenital issues), IT band flare-ups, shin splints and currently peroneal, posterior tibial and achilles tendinitis with microtears on both the achilles and the ATFL.. retrocalcaneal bursitis and we can now add plantar fasciitis (yes, I live an exciting life, haha). I have seen a chiropractor in the past as well as gone through PT sessions. I currently undergo physical therapy sessions at Ignite PT, a great physical therapy facility located in Bayonne, NJ and I have to say they played a huge role in getting me to run my first half every after low back issues so bad I could barely walk.
Some of you might remember me from a previous blog, MJ Runs, which was my baby for over a year. After some unexpected events in my life I am now able to dedicate time again to to sharing my stories, tips, my favorite or most efficient workouts, and occasionally some recipes that have helped me create a healthier and happier lifestyle change. Here, I plan to share how my runs have improved, my attempts at meal prepping, how running helps me reduce my anxiety, a current bout of acute depression, and the journey I have ahead of me as I lose the unwanted weight and build muscle mass. And yes, while the injuries pop up every once in a while, I’m a much smarter runner than when I started nearly a decade ago. I have learned to look at these “setbacks” as ways to grow and instead find resources to aid in my progress.
I invite you to stick around, take a look and see what you can take from me and what you can share with me. Let’s use each others knowledge, mistakes and experiences to live a life full of health and happiness.
Run. Bike. Jump. Spin. Lift. Throw, punch or kick things. Do all that you enjoy.