I started running in December 2012. It wasn’t my intention. I had been asking for a treadmill for years. I think my husband was afraid I didn’t really want it and it would be one of those purchases he would “pay for” for years to come. Kind of like when you buy your wife a new vacuum sweeper or a new ironing board as a gift, when she really wanted something not so domesticated and with a little bit more shine and glitter. When he realized I was serious he finally got me one for Christmas 2012. I really just wanted something that I could walk on, and get moving with, while watching TV.
When one of my cousins found out I started walking, she challenged me to run a 5K with her in June 2013. At this point, I didn’t even know what a 5k was, let alone how many miles it is. I do my research, find an app that I can track my runs with, find a training program and get to work. As long as I’ve got someone that’s done this “5k thing” before and can show me the ropes on race day, I’m all in. I ran my first 5k in 32:43. At this point I’m hooked and sign up for another race in August, and 2 more in September. Each 5k gets progressively better. The competitor in me is unleashed. And now my husband is really starting to “pay for it”. Not because the treadmill is sitting around doubling as a clothing rack, but because I’m definitely getting our money’s worth out of it and I spend most of my evenings and free time “training”, logging miles, or finding more ways to incorporate physical activities into our weekends.
With this new adventure into fitness, along comes trying to eat better as well. I started becoming more conscious of my calorie burn vs intake as well as my sugar intake. As of December 2013 I slowly started giving up soda. I was drinking 32-64 ounces a day of Mountain Dew. I now drink nothing but water in my filtered Bobble bottle. And it goes everywhere with me. It’s so portable, I always have it. I ran for a full year without losing (or gaining) any weight. But once I started to pay closer attention to my calories going in and out, I was able to lose about 12 lbs. I feel more fit, and more comfortable in my skin than I ever did in high school when I swam competitively and was training twice a day during the season, and once a day in the off season.
14-5k’s, 1 4-miler, 4-10k’s, 1-15k, and 4-half marathons later, I’m not ready to stop just yet. This year alone my goal is to run 12 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and given that I was a swimmer in high school, 1 triathlon. And what’s already on in the works for the beginning of 2016?? The Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World’s Marathon weekend. This consists of race packet pick up and expo on Wednesday January 6th, a 5k Thursday January 7th, a 10k Friday January 8th, a half marathon January 9th, and a marathon January 9th. 4 days of consecutive races, through 4 Walt Disney parks. A total of 48.6 miles. 1 Medal and shirt for each of the 4 races, plus a medal and shirt for completing the Goofy Challenge (running the half and the full), plus a medal and a shirt for completing the Dopey Challenge (running all 4 races). 4 races, 4 days, 4 parks, 6 medals, 6 shirts! Oh boy I can’t wait!