I was so flattered when Jessica asked me to post on her blog. I was really hesitant to post, just because I feel like there are so many amazing people out there and I am such your average Joe. So I guess in turn that is why I ended up writing because I am your average, everyday, person. I am a wife of almost seventeen years, a mom to 3, a hairstylist and a Body Pump Instructor.
I wouldn’t say that I have always been into fitness, but I always knew that fitness was important. I think I started running after I got married nothing major just a couple miles here and there. Then after I had my second child is when I really got into running. I bought a treadmill and used it every day, (and not just for a clothes rack) I used even used it the day I gave birth to my third. I am someone who really doesn’t mind a treadmill. I can get up early or use it late and never do I worry about my safety.(I am a chicken runner) After I had my third my friend talked me into working out with a trainer which is the best thing I have done. It taught me the love of weight training and boot camp style training. It taught me how important it was to add all this into my running world.
It really is amazing to see how far you can push your body. I have learned we just have to turn off our minds and let our body do what they do. Your body can do it! It is a lot of hard work, but it really is worth it. I remember at mile 22 I said I would never do another Marathon, that one was good enough. As soon as I crossed the finish line all the pain was instantly gone and I knew I would do another one. There is something about finishing something you have worked so hard for that feels so good when you cross that line. I love the feeling of being able to do hard things, things that at one time in my life seemed so far away or so far out there. So yes, I will run another Marathon. You know it!! June 9, 2012 Utah Valley here we come!!! Do I have any other fitness goals? Do I dare put this out there for the world to see? I didn’t think I had a bucket list, but maybe I do. Half Ironman Oceanside Ca March 2013. I don’t swim so I guess I will learn, because I CAN!
Advice for someone doing their first long distance race: Find a training schedule you like and stick to it. I love Jeff Galloway. His training is so much less grueling then other. It might be longer, but you can still have a life with this one. I would do my normal weekday stuff and just follow the long run schedule. Tell yourself you can do it. Even if you hit the wall, trust me I did. You have to keep telling yourself you can do this!! I love the way that running and weight training have made me feel. I don’t know if it always shows in my everyday life or in the things I wear. I know how I feel inside and I love the feeling of being healthy and athletic.
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