I don’t think I have always wanted to be a runner. I remember in junior high how much I despised running. When we were supposed to run around the track as a warm up, I walked as slow as I possibly could, partly because I was a rebellious teenager and partly because running sucked!
But something changed when I was about 33 years old, I just decided one day that I wanted to be a runner. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 18 and when I was 33 I trying to lose weight with hCg. I had started to exercise and one of the things I was doing was running. I really wanted to be one of those people that could just lace up there shoes and go out for a run and love it. I’ve been working on it ever since.
I got pregnant when I was 34 and stopped running for a while… well until I had my weight loss surgery in 2015. That got me motivated and back to working out. I started off with the couch to 5K program and within 8 weeks I was running 3 miles without stopping. It wasn’t easy but I was pushing myself to do it. About a year after my surgery I was down about 75 pounds and I started increasing my distance. Within a couple weeks span I ran 9 miles without stopping…. twice. I did it just to prove to myself that I could do it. After that I signed up for an all day 5k. That was fun, but it was raining, windy, muddy, hailing, it was kind of miserable because of the weather. I made it through 3 of the 5ks and then gave up. The mud got the best of me. After that experience I decided I wanted to do a 15k… so that’s what I’m currently training for. I guess the next stop after that is a half marathon and then a marathon!