I wanted to write this inspiring story in the spirit of the Olympics. I was pretty moved by it, even though I’m not a runner and if I tried to use Rollerblades I’d probably hurt myself.
Amanda Russell, who is currently a professional trainer and fitness spokesperson, came to the US from Canada on a full-athletic scholarship for track at The University of Virginia. As her running progressed through college, it became clear that she was the front-runner athlete to compete for Canada in the 10,000M track event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Just two weeks prior to time trials (where she had held the top seed) her fibula split, effectively ruining her Olympic Dream.
Then Amanda was able to make a comeback with the help of inline skating. One year later, she entered her first triathlon and won.
Inline skating burns almost exactly the same amount of calories as running but with much greater muscular benefits. For instance, a 125-pound athlete skating at a moderate pace for an hour burns roughly 700 calories; running for an hour at a moderate pace, the same athlete would burn 730 calories. Skating also happens to be 50% easier on your knees, hips and other joints than running (a real number from a University of Massachussetts medical study). Physical therapists love inline skating because it gets people outside and is a full body-body strengthening workout. In addition to legs, inline skating works your core, back and shoulder muscles.
In the spirit of Amanda’s determination, Rollerblade USA created an App that makes it easier to track your progress skating. Inline skaters can track their skate time, route, speed, altitude as well as record their history so that you can track progress and compare sessions with other skaters.
Amanda Russell has a lot of Tips & Advice on Nutrition, Fitness and Lifestyle to help motivate you as well as inspire you to keep trying no matter what; whether it is skating or just figuring out how to get motivated enough to start a routine. I’ve found her website to be very useful; especially for back suffers like me who really hate trying to find routines that won’t feel as though they are effectively trying to make us immobile.
I hope this inspires you to get up and start moving! Just because sometimes you fall down (metaphorically or actually), doesn’t mean you can’t reach your goal if you are determined enough to get back up.
I was not given anything for this promotion outside of the information provided. I just thought it was inspiring.