Just Get to the Starting Line

When I weighed 226lbs my trainer would run around the building with me.  

After I lost about 50lbs he would send me out to run alone.  I asked him why he didn’t run with me anymore & he said “I ran with you in the beginning because I wasn’t sure you’d make it around the building even once”.

 I felt like I would die running around that building when I was that heavy.  He would say “Just start & before you know it you will be finished”. 

But even after I lost weight, running was still a struggle for me.  I’d get out of breath quick, and after 3 minutes I wanted to quit. 

When my sis-in-law, a seasoned marathon runner, asked me to do a half marathon with her, for some odd reason,which is still unclear to me to this day, I said “ok”!  

So the training began.  Running 3-4 times a week with someone who is faster & more seasoned than me was frustrating & hurt my ego at times.  

I kept at the training because I didn’t want to die running 13.1 miles.  It scared the shit of me—13.1 miles is a lot more than the laps I had been running around the building.

 Up to that point I’d only run a mile at most. 

I pushed through even when I didn’t want to get up at 4:30 a.m. before the Tucson summer heat kicked in.  A friend even told me I wasn’t built for running & I was too old to run my first half marathon.  

 I was determined to get myself to the starting line.  Yes that’s right, the STARTING line not the finishing line.  

I realized it’s much harder to get myself to the starting line; once the starting gun went off I’d knew I’d finish.  For me the victory was not in finishing the race but actually starting the race.  

 I was begging God the night before to give me food poisoning or a broken toe or anything that would prevent me from getting to that starting line.  Instead he gave me the gift of facing my fear & running right through it.   

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In training even on vacation on our 25th Anniversary.  I fell down, got a little hurt but picked myself off & still ran back to our hotel.  

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I made it.  The starting line.  Facing my fear head on.   

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First 5k

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My daughter would run with me on days I needed an extra push. 

My first & only 11 mile run along the Hudson River on vacation.  The night before I was at a scotch bar but I still got up & trained.  I was dedicated to not dying the day of the half marathon.  My fear was my biggest motivator. 

 

Fly

"So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake.  Just keep on reaching though the limb might break. We've come this far don't you be scared now. 'Cause you can learn to fly on the way down." 

Elliana sang those lines from Maddie and Tae's song "Fly" to me on the night I was about to chicken out at my first speaking engagement telling my weight loss journey.  That was also Elliana's first performance playing guitar and singing in front of a crowd, and she inspired me with her courage. 

 We both have come so far & I did indeed learn to fly on the way down. This is for all of you flying out of your comfort zone.

 The first flight is where all the magic happens.

Go ahead and jump. 😘  

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Memorial Day Murph

My daughter & I are going to challenge ourselves & do Murph for the first time!  I challenge you to do the same!

 Make sure you time yourself.  Note the times for varying fitness levels.  

Also note the option to do 20 rounds as opposed to how the WOD is listed.

 If you are unable to do pull-ups or aren't able to get to a gym do Lat pullovers instead.  Lie on your back knees bent.  Keep arms staight & pull a weight over your head touch down on ground then back over to belly button.  Keep arms straight entire time.  

Modify push ups by doing on your knees or doing hand release push ups.  No worming! Or you can do push-ups off the wall.  

Always keep your form.  Don't scarifice form for speed.  Better to finish at a slower time than to injury yourself from sloppy form.   

In place of the run you can walk a mile if needed.  

  You got this!!!