Today is the one year anniversary of my first run. I have been a runner for one whole freaking year. Amazing.
Running completely changed my life. Looking back over the past year, everything I’ve done, all of the things I never imagined I would do… I’m feeling pretty smug after looking through pictures and seeing all I’ve accomplished. Seriously, is this person me?
Let’s do a recap…
I was never thin, skinny, athletic… I was always the “fat girl,” at least I was in my head. I was bigger than my classmates, bigger than my boyfriends, bigger than my mom. Just BIGGER. I became a mom and for a while, just let myself go.
I watched a lot of TV, sat on the couch knitting, barely went outside and didn’t like exercise. You guys… I was über boring.
About 4 years ago…
Oi. That’s a wake up call. I was 22. Do I look 22? No. I was mistaken for being in my 30s quite often. I was probably around 250 pounds? Not sure. I really avoided the scale back then.
It was over two years ago that I saw a picture of myself at my mom’s wedding and said ENOUGH!
I had such a hard time getting dressed that day because nothing fit. I felt like a busted can of biscuits, as people like to say.
I started eating better (not the best though) and getting more active (not a whole lot), but I lost some weight, about 20 pounds.
Then I signed up for the Xtreme Muck Ruck, an obstacle course/mud run. It was totally out of my comfort zone. Running. Dirt. 4 miles?! Not my thing. But I wanted to push myself to try things I hadn’t done before.
I was talking to a girlfriend about it and how I had to start running. She wanted to start running as well. In her living room that night, we made a plan to start the Couch to 5k training program the next morning at 4AM! It was the only time that worked for both of us. We chose a 5k that was 3 weeks away and decided to accelerate the program to do it.
So, on that day, July 25, 2012, I became a runner. I could barely make it 1/4 mile without feeling like death was rushing over me, but I became a runner.
Three weeks later, I finished my first 5k with a time of 36:21. On a side note, doing C25K in 3 weeks is not a good idea. It’s suppose to take 9 weeks.
I was hooked after the first 5k and signed up for another the next week.
Soon after was Xtreme Muck Ruck.
I completed the 4 mile course in about 1:20:00. Not fast at all. But I attempted every obstacle and ran through the Bug Zapper (conductive rope hooked to a car battery, pulsing current!). AND I enjoyed the mud!
Again, I was hooked and signed up for Warrior Dash the next weekend.
With the new year, I decided I wanted to give triathlons a shot. (I started working for 3 Disciplines Racing in the spring to get free racing and perks.)
I became a swimmer.
I had never learned proper swimming techniques, so I signed up for a swim class at the YMCA.
Somewhere in there, I did a polar plunge…
And I became a cyclist.
I sold my engagement ring to buy my first road bike (With my husband’s consent, but little did I know things would be changing on the home front soon).
I also started some weightlifting, which I’ve been enjoying more and more recently.
In April, I asked my husband to move out. No need for details if you don’t already know, but it was time for us to separate.
May was a difficult month with little gym/workout access and time. But I was still determined to move forward. This is part of who I am now.
I returned to Xtreme Muck Ruck in June to take on a greater challenge than the 4 mile course. They added Club 247. Complete the 2, 4 and 7 mile course consecutively for a total of 13 miles to be part of it. ACCEPTED.
That race kicked my ass mentally. But made it through, including 3 more times through the Bug Zapper.
If that wasn’t enough, I signed up for my first Tough Mudder the following weekend.
A 12 miler. No biggie.
And the following weekend was my first sprint triathlon.
I considered the triathlon a success when I completed my first open water swim during the race! I attempted one prior to the race at another lake and failed. I was so worried about not making it through.
This past weekend, I finished my first Spartan Race.
In a Spartan Race, you get punished for failed obstacles with 30 burpees. Legit shit.
Oh and I ran the race in my sports bra. First time ever running in only my sports bra.
Also, did I mention that I started eating a paleo based diet?
Paleo has drastically reduced the irritation in my gut (IBS). It has been a huge help in battling my stress eating and food addictions.
One of the biggest things I have gained this year is confidence. I feel more beautiful, stronger and more athletic than I ever have in my life. I never feel like I am enough. I’m learning to deal with that feeling, because I should be enough. For myself, for anyone.
I want to show my boys how to be healthy and fit. I want to be the best role model I can be for them.
Anything that I think I cannot accomplish today, I now have the mentality that I will probably be able to someday. I make plans for bigger things. For pushing harder. For being better.
Accomplishments from July 25, 2012 to July 25, 2013:
- Run Total = 370.49 miles
- Bike Total = 464.8 miles
- Swim Total = 20, 550 meters
- 5k Race Total = 13
- 5k Personal Record from 36:21 to 31:08
- Obstacle Course Race Total = 6
- Triathlons = 2
- Weight Loss Total = 50 pounds (since March of 2011)
Next year… Half Ironman Triathlon, Marathon, Ultramarathon, Skydiving, Spartan Trifecta…
No fucking limits.
P.S. Huge thank you to my supportive family and friends. I couldn’t be where I am without you. So very grateful for the people in my life.