A few days ago Aneta shared a very heart-felt story about how she began her running journey. It made me think long and hard about how my running story came about.
I remember it so well. I should have been heart-broken, and crushed (as I had just been dumped) but more so, I felt empowered. Empowered to make my life different. (I was very sad and had gained a lot of weight during the years prior and knew something needed to change).
As it stood, there were only a few days left of 2008, and I really wanted to “Shine in 2009”.
A good friend cohearsed me to sign up for a Biggest Loser challenge at our gym, and I reluctantly agreed. This began the first time in my entire life that I consistently hit the gym. (I haven’t looked back since).
I lost 7 pounds during that challenge which went from January 2009-April 2009. Somewhere in mid-march, the same friend got the crazy idea that we should run in a 5k.
We were at the tail-end of our weight loss challenge and needed a new goal. So running in a 5k race seemed doable.
So we teamed up with See Jane Run running store and participated in their free 6 week program to learn how to run a 5k.
I trained really hard. I remember early one saturday morning running the farthest I had ever run (3 miles) alone, and in the pouring pouring rain. The clinic had been cancelled, but a few of us still opted to run through it.
To this day, this training run remains one of my most favorite and memorable runs.
The picture to the left is me running my first 5k. I see so much confidence and determination.
I think though, I was more nervous about the fact that J. Alabama had spontaneously shown up at my race (we had just barely started hanging out) and I was super nervous of him seeing me run my first 5k. ( BTW I finished in 31:32, which I still consider a kick ass time!)
But the other thing that I remember is that he said he couldn’t miss such an important event. He has been to almost every single race I have run, from first 5k to my biggest feat of running 26.2 miles.
What’s even more crazy to me, is to think that my journey never started out as a running journey, but as a quest towards losing weight.
In the almost 2 years I have been working on myself, I have lost roughly 15 pounds, but gained a new hobby, a new outlet, and a new passion.
I found J. Alabama, and an activity that we both ♥ Love ♥, and can do together.
I realized many new things about myself – how strong I am, and how far I can push myself.
And I realized that I am honestly truly happy with myself and happy with the life I am currently living.
Taking a chance on running was one of the best things I have EVER done.
I know my family members and certain friends just don’t quite understand my crazy obsession, but they do understand that The Linz they see now is a much healthier happier Linz. And honestly the journey of how I got to this point is really only important to me. I am here now, a healthier happy Linz and I’m here to stay.
I do wish to focus a little harder on reaching my weight loss goals in 2011, but not without running right there as my go-to cardio sweat sesh.
My memorable quote for 2011 is still in the works, (I seriously have the clever mastermind (aka My Father) cooking up the perfect slogan). Until then I leave you with this.
A quest to find fun in every run and become a healthier me in two thousand one one.
As I said, It needs work. Feel free to chime in if you can think of a sweet motivating slogan that rhymes with the word one. LOL!
Anyways, thank you for reading my running story.
How did your running story start? (Weight-loss, personal challenge, a breakup? etc..)