My name is Charlotte. I am a Family Medicine Resident, CrossFitter, and vegan triathlete. I adopted a vegetarian diet as a first year medical student, when I discovered the link between diet and exercise and health. Throughout the course of my graduate education, I gradually transitioned to a high raw vegan diet. It's been 3 years and I've never felt better!
While I don't have any interest in bodybuilding per se, I am enamored with the human form and in pursuit of my own best physical fitness. I love to train. Nearly 5 years ago, I signed up for my first marathon and subsequently fell in love with running. Sadly, 10 weeks prior to race day (and only 1 week before my wedding), I was sidelined with a femoral neck stress fracture and later learned I had osteopenia. After 6 long months, I began to return to running, but it took me until just a few months ago (nearly 4.5 years post injury) to return to full form. I started CrossFit at a local gym to help build my bone density through functional strength movement, found a coach, set a new PR for the 5K and the 1 mile, and signed up for another marathon to take care of unfinished business.
8 weeks into my marathon training, I had a glorious 8 mile run on a snowy trail under the light of the full moon. I returned home high on endorphins, only to develop that all too familiar pain in my opposite hip as the day went on. X-ray is negative for injury (as it often is in acute stress reactions) and MRI won't take place until next week. Until then, my sports doc is assuming the worst and has me strict non-weight bearing on a fancy new set of crutches. Marathon attempt #2 - failed.
I refuse to give up on the sport I love. And I refuse to allow this setback to hold me back for another 4 years. My goal for 2012 is to return to my pre-injury level of running through aggressive physical therapy, continued mobilization, strength through CrossFit, and a very carefully planned, conservative running plan. I'll get started just as soon as I have the MRI results, so that I know exactly what I'm dealing with. Given my history, I may not have a marathon in my future, but I can still run.