I got it into my head that I wanted to run a marathon when I was 20 years old. I just thought it sounded so amazing to be able to say I finished a marathon. It seemed like a huge accomplishment that no one could take away from me. But it also seemed scary. I was overweight, sedentary and hadn’t ran more than 1 mile, let only 26.2! It took me years to sign up. I finally crossed the St. George Marathon finish line October 1st, 2011. And no one can take that away from me.
When I first started running, I weighed over 180 lbs and could not run for more than a quarter of a mile without needing a walk break. I started out slow (in every way!) I would go to the local college track and run 3 legs of the track and walk the 4th. Over and over and over again.
It took me even LONGER to lose weight. I was very lucky to meet a (now) dear friend who taught me how to use all the big scary weights in the gym and how to really push my body in a way I never had even dreamed before. After months (and months…) of dedication I hit my goal and lost 50 lbs.
Fitness and especially running became so much more than a chore or an obligation; it has become a passion.
In total, I have ran 2 full marathons, 3 half marathons and countless 5 and 10ks.
I am currently in the process of getting professionally certified in personal training and nutrition.
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