After years of yo-yo dieting and unhealthy body image, I was just sick of feeling terrible after each failed attempt at losing weight. I was inspired by my baby sister (thanks, chick!). At the age of 30, I decided I needed to take control and change my unhealthy ways. Honestly, I started working out as as a way to lose post-pregnancy baby weight. Once the weight started coming off - slowly but surely - I wanted to take it a little further.
How did I get started? VERY slowly. My husband (I'll refer to him as The Lover) bought the Wii Fit and it was a great and easy way to get started, especially since my second son was just about two months old. Once the exercises started to feel "easy", I asked for a gym membership for Christmas 2008. Ask and you shall receive! I began training myself to run on the treadmill by doing short bursts of running and walking between each burst to recover. I thought I would die when I ran for a minute straight! Over time, I could run longer and walk less between sprint. I was so proud when I could run for 15 minutes without stopping and feeling like I would keel over.
My company began recruiting for relay teams to run in the OKC Memorial Marathon. I signed up for the fun of it. When I strapped the timing chip onto my ankle and took off - it was all adrenaline! I ran the 5K leg in my personal record (PR) at the time - 40 minutes . I handed off the chip to my team member and WOW. I was hooked!!
Once I ran in that relay race, the "like" turned into "passion." I can honestly say that I have a passion for running and it has become a hobby. I am now training for a half-marathon that takes place in April 2010.