marathon2remember

Training for life. Not just a race.

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Have you ever seen someone on t.v. running, working out, or playing some sport and just watching them made you want to get up and go do something athletic? If you are like me, you will get as far as to grab your shoes and a sports bra, but then somewhere in the process you change your mind and say you will do it at a more convenient time. This website is completely devoted to me becoming healthier. Not just skinnier, but healthier emotionally and physically. At one time I was very athletic. I was even part of a Division II women’s basketball team. Then I got lazy, got a job, got pregnant, and got semi-fat. I’ll say it. I am 35 pounds over weight. My BMI is .1 shy of being obese. Fortunately, I have never crossed over to the BMI 30 range, but being 29.9 is too close for comfort.

I decided to do something about it in February 2012 and since I never finished college I figured what better way than to try out for the local community college basketball team. I lost 25 lbs in just under 2 months and then the day in April finally arrived. I was only slightly above average. With much effort, I was able to keep up with all those 17 and 18-year-old girls and even hit a 3 right over one of the current returning players. It doesn’t sound like much, but they were all only a couple months out of their last season. I was about 4 years out of my last season and aside from the 7 weeks I spent working out 3 times a day, I had not really worked out consistently in 3 years. By that time I had joined the local CrossFit and continued there for another month past the try-outs. I had stopped working out 3 times a day and switched to just 2 CrossFit sessions a week and running 2 other days of the week. I didn’t lose any more weight but boy did I shrink in size. The fat was replaced by muscle and I looked good!

Then I ran out of money and had to drop the CrossFit. “No big deal,” I thought. I could just double up on running for now and do some air squats and push ups so I don’t get too out of shape before being able to afford it again… Next thing I knew I had gone running only a handful of times in several months and gained back all but 5 of my lost pounds. (I started February out 40 lbs over weight) After several false start-ups this summer/early fall, it is time to once again get to running. I have a plan of action and this time I am sticking to it! I have already run a 5k in about 35 minutes, but I have a long way to go.

My goal in a nutshell is this:

5k, 10k, 13k (buy a bike), duathlon (sign up for swimming lessons because, don’t tell anyone, but I am afraid of swimming in deep water), mini triathlon, MARATHON, TRIATHLON. I do not know how long this will take me to complete, but even if I am 60 when I finish, I WILL FINISH!

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