Seeing as I’m home from college for the summer, I figured I should start updating this blog again. I know my first real post was about film, but now it’s time to learn a little bit more about me.
One of my biggest passions is fitness. A little over a year ago I realized how overweight and unhappy I was with myself. I always felt self-conscious and out of place wherever I went. I would compare myself to everyone around me and become stressed out over how out of place I felt. I just wanted to hide in my room and sleep all day and that’s exactly what I did for a good portion of my freshman year.
The summer following my freshman year is when I decided to make a change. The only way to make myself feel better and more confident was to actively do something. I went to the gym and fell in love with working out immediately. I loved all of the challenges that I faced when going to the gym, both mentally and physically. What I loved even more was conquering those challenges. I found myself getting stronger with each workout. Learning to eat clean was definitely one of my bigger struggles but I eventually figured it out. Eating clean and healthy is now second nature to me. I carried out this new lifestyle through my sophomore year and into the present. In lost a total of 24 pounds. I even found myself doing a 5k race during Boston Marathon weekend, something I never thought I would be able to do.
This only scratches the surface of how health obsessed I am but this little bit of background is necessary in order for me to tell you about my recent goals.
Following the 5k, I made it my goal to become a better runner. I was great at strength training and sure the elliptical and indoor bikes are swell, but running was not my strong suit. So after that Boston Marathon weekend, I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon. I signed up for RunDisney’s Walt Disney World Half Marathon as soon as registration opened. Since that race is in January, I decided to also run the B.A.A. Half Marathon in October. You know, even out the playing field a bit by having one race during the Fall Semester and one in the Spring Semester.
I am using a 20-week half marathon-training plan and am currently on my 5th week of training. I couldn’t be any more proud of how far I’ve come and how much closer I’m getting toward my goals. These past 5 weeks and the upcoming week are basically dedicated to building a bit more endurance so I can start the more rigorous portion of the plan. Yesterday was my first run of the week (skipped the first 2 runs of the week that were on Sunday and Tuesday…oops). The distance was 5 miles but due to super rainy weather I had to come up with a game plan. Seeing as it was pretty cloudy I thought, ‘Hey! The sun isn’t gonna beat down on me. It shouldn’t be that bad’. Wrong-o. It was extremely humid and the heat was unbearable. I’m used to running during sunset when it’s much, much cooler out. I ran about 2.5 miles before I went home feeling kind of sick.
But, I’m not really one to give up so easily. I decided to call that my warm-up run (pun not intended). I refueled, rested, and went to the gym to start my 5-mile run via treadmill. At first I was a bit worried about not getting the most out of my run because it wasn’t a road run and was on a machine that basically had a cushioned conveyer belt that would move my legs for me. I was expecting it to be too easy. Well, I was wrong. It was just as tough as any training run I’ve had so far and in the end I was pretty satisfied. While I’m determined to run a huge majority of my training runs outdoors, I learned that there’s nothing wrong with using a treadmill when absolutely needed. Unless I’m dying of sickness, I guess this means I have no excuse to miss runs from now on.
Anyway, I apologize for the long blog post. I wanted to provide some context for later health / running related blog posts but also catch you all up with what’s happening in my life recently. I will do my best to update this blog regularly with posts about my training and other things that may happen to me. But, yeah, expect TONS of health / running posts…tons.