Exactly three years ago this week, I decided to buy some running shoes and train for my first 5k. A lot has happened since then, including a difficult pregnancy and some big life changes. But since that time I’ve run numerous races and made the switch from the road to the trail. I’ve completed a half marathon, a triathlon and many 10+ mile mountain trail races. I even won first place for my age group in a very small mountain trail race. I have many races planned for the upcoming year and I’m looking to try my first adventure race next year. Trail running has become a regular part of my life. I have now added in strength-training and diet changes to take my fitness from good enough to much better.
And it all began with a challenge I gave myself about taking time for me and focusing on my health. It turned into something much more–a passion for challenging myself and creating a fit, healthy lifestyle for me and my family.
And it has been a life saver. It helps me manage my stress and allows me to become an even better mommy to my little ones.
If you had asked me three years ago if I could have ever become a runner and complete races and triathlons, I would have laughed and thought you were crazy.
But here I am, on a journey that I never expected. And if I can make such huge changes in a short amount of time, I know I could helps others, too. Which is why I’ve been doing some studying lately!
Hopefully in a few more months I’ll be starting my journey as a certified personal trainer. I’ll be focusing on using the outdoors and natural landscapes as my gym. I’m so excited to see how all of this comes together!