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My fitness/weight loss story started a little over three years ago, when I met my husband-to-be. He was a marathon runner and I was a busy student who rarely, if ever, worked out and ate fast food several nights a week. I had never even been able to run a mile, not even in grade school or high school during the physical fitness challenges. A few months after we had started dating, I went to Chicago with him to watch him run the Chicago marathon. I expected to see proof positive that I would never, ever be the type of person that could run, but what I did see surprised me - people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and speeds were running the marathon. I thought that if people who looked like me could run a marathon, maybe there was hope for me someday.

My then boyfriend started encouraging me to run, and I think I took up the effort in part to prove to him that it wasn't possible, I was just not ever meant to be a runner. When I started running, I was lucky to be able to run 3-5 minutes at a time, and it was very frustrating. I was also suffering from the misconception that if I couldn't just go out and run 5+ miles easily, that I wasn't really a "runner." But I stuck with it, and gradually was able to increase the amount of time I was running and decrease the amount of time I was walking. Shortly after, my mom bought me the book "No Need for Speed" by John Bingham. I found so much motivation in that book! But the biggest lesson I learned from it was that what I was doing was okay - it was okay to take walk breaks, and it was okay that I couldn't yet run several miles in a row. Because I was out there trying, I was a runner.

So, months later I had worked my way up to being able to run 30 minutes at a time! That gradually increased to 40 minutes, 50 minutes, and over an hour. I was still a very slow runner, but had made a lot of progress. Along the way, a friend got me interested in lifting weights seriously, and I started weight training at a local gym. The best thing of all was that I didn't start running with the goal of losing weight, I just wanted to be in better shape. But the weight came off, slowly and surely, and came off even faster once I became devoted to the weight training. A few months later, 30 pounds were gone and I was shocked. I had never been one to own a scale, and through several years of school and poor diet and lack of exercise, I had completely lost track of my size. By the time I graduated, friends and family who hadn't seen me in a year or more were amazed - both that I had lost weight, but also that I (a known non-exerciser) was actually running several miles a day!

Eventually, my husband convinced me to try my hand at a 10K race. Finishing that 10K felt like one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, because I never thought that I would be able to run a mile, much less 6 miles. I went on to run another 10K, a couple of two mile races, and a couple of 5Ks before a friend convinced me to train for a 10 mile race this November. I'd never trained with anyone else before, because I was always afraid that I would slow someone else down. But, we were perfect training partners and the training went so well that I started to think about doing a half marathon in the spring. I told myself that if I could train for a 10 mile race, that 13.1 miles wasn't that much further. Well, I finished the 10 mile race 2 minutes under my goal time, even though I'd come down with a cold two days before the race! So I signed myself up for the half marathon, and then signed myself up for SP so that I would have others to share experiences and motivation with.
"We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon." - Emil Zatopek

"The marathon's about being in contention over the last 10K. That's when it's about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what's left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon." - Rob De Castella

"You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face." - Gatorade Ad

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner

Member Since: 11/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 799

My Goals:
Races Completed:

Frosty 5K Jan. 1, 2009 (28:14 - PR)

SuperBowl Sunday 4 mile Feb. 1, 2009 (35:17 - PR)

Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon, March 8, 2009 (2:10:43)

Easter SunRun 10k, April 11, 2009 (1:00:24)

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, April 26, 2009 (5:03:19)

River Run 10K May 9, 2009 (57:53 - PR)

Rock Chalk Run 10k June 13, 2009 (1:00:53)

Derby Firecracker 4 mile July 4, 2009

Can You Beat Don 5K, Aug. 8, 2009 (30:51)

Disneyland Half Marathon, Sept. 6, 2009 (2:09:45 - PR)

Wichita Half Marathon, Sept. 20, 2009 (2:12:04)

Turkey Trot 10 mile, Nov. 21, 2009 (1:39:02)

Gobbler Grind Half Marathon, Nov. 22, 2009 (2:17:33)

Jingle Bell Run 4 mile, Dec. 5, 2009 (39:07)

2010 races:

Frosty 5k, Jan. 1, 2010 (28:22)

Groundhog Run 10k, Jan. 31, 2010 (58:38)

My Program:
My 2010 Goals:

-Running (3 days/week)

-Upper/lower body strength training (2x/week)

-Power/vinyasa yoga (2x/week)

-Spin class (at least once/week)

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Latest reads:

-Peony in Love, by Lisa See

-Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See

-Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

- New Moon, Stephanie Meyer

-Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer

-Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer

-Son of a Witch, Gregory Mcguire

-A Lion Among Men, Gregory Mcguire

-A Year of Living Biblically, AJ Jacobs

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