We all have days in our lives that are pivital. Many times we don’t recognize it at the time how important these days are to our journey. Today is one of those days.
Today is my “Fitness Anniversary.”
Yeah, I totally made that slogan up, but I like it and it’s true.
Just a few short years ago today in 2013 was the day that I received my very first medal.
This was supposed to be my one and done event. My nod to that I may have been getting older, but that didn’t mean that I couldn’t do something unimaginable in my youth.
This blog was started as a way for friends and family to track my training and journey to this event.
Who knew at the time that all the talk of the “One and done” was in haste?
This event was September 8, 2013; but it started much earlier than that. It was literally almost a year in the making and I actually owe it all to my friend Rose (I totally blame you:). This was the year that I decided that I was going to start an exercise program. Once I started, my friend roped my into signing up for the Sandy Hook Iron Girl. She had very good points – we would train together, it would keep us motivated, we could train with the local YMCA Tri group, and it would be fun.
I will be honest, I didn’t necessarily think it was all fun. I may have complained about how much I hated running during the Couch to 5K program. I may have thought that I would drown during the swim and I certainly didn’t like the way my butt felt after riding the bike for so long.
Then something changed along the way.
Small changes at first which morphed into bigger changes.
Running became not something to dread, but something I looked forward to and actually went out of my way to do.
It became part me.
Now exactly a month from now on October 8th I will be standing at the starting line for the Chicago Marathon, my 5th marathon. I have logged countless miles since the beginning, made countless friends, and learned much about myself.
I actually went and looked at my stats from MapMyRun today. While not 100% accurate, this app I have used since I started running “seriously” in 2013.
Total miles: 2,855.85
Duration: 24.93 DAYS
Calories Burned: 341,174
I look at those totals and the first thing that comes to mind…….
Shouldn’t I be thinner?
Then I think….
Even though this last year, my totals are not that impressive, that means nothing. I didn’t start this journey to have the best totals. I started it for me and I continue it for me.
And that is all you can ask of yourself….
Do what makes you happy:)