How I Started Running

Have I ever shared this story before? Every now and then people will ask me how I got into marathon running. I wasn’t a very athletic child. In fact in my teens & early 20’s I was overweight. But one day I started thinking about everything I wanted to do before I died and the idea of running a marathon came into my head. I don’t think I had even ran  over 1 mile at that point. But I thought, “how cool would it be able to say you finished a marathon.” So I wrote it down.

I lived in Saint George, UT and the marathon is pretty big there. I talked myself out of signing up that year but when I went to the finish line as a spectator, I had an overwhelming desire to be on the other side of that barricade. I wanted to be running in it- not just watching! So the very next year, I signed up!

2011-marathon

I could not run a mile non stop at that point. I started out by going to the college track and running 3 legs and walking 1 of them. I did that over and over until I could run a whole lap. Then I work up to say 3 laps running/ 1 lap walking. Then run 4 whole laps- 1 mile.

I must’ve run a million laps of that darn track. But I trained and got in the miles and would be out on the trail for 4 hours if that’s how long it took to go 18 miles. And on October 1st, 2011 I finished my first marathon. I still maintain it was one of the BEST days of my life!! I’m not the fastest or strongest or skinniest or whateverest but I’m damn proud that I did that race. And every race since.

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Transformation: Christmas Edition

When I was around ohhh 13? my grandmother gave me a Chrsitmas T-shirt that I have worn every year since! If I’m right about my age, it’s been 16 years. There’s a hole in it. I don’t care. Especially since my grandma passed, it’s priceless to me. I hope to wear it for the next 50 years.

I of course, am wearing it today! I didn’t think much of it except that it’s my Christmas shirt. Then I stumbled (really I didn’t even remember this picture existing!) of me wearing this shirt 4 years ago!

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All I can say is, Woahhhhhh. I can’t get over my face. It looks swollen!

I came to work today and partook in all the Christmas treats. Cookies, popcorn, fudge. I didn’t even try and say no. I happily ate what I wanted. And to be honest, my pants are getting tight! I know I’ve gained some weight since my smallest but this picture really put it in perspective for me. I never ever ever want to get back there.

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This was me today. (Sorry for the lighting. The bathroom lights are ridiculous.) These 2 girls barely even look related! It kinda looks like I’m pulling at my shirt but really I’m trying to show you how much extra room is there.  A LOT of work went down  in these 4 year interim between these two pictures. Work I am damn proud of!!