Transformation Tuesday

July 30, 2013

Happy Transformation Tuesday!

Two years ago I ran a full marathon.

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It wasn’t fast. It wasn’t pretty. But I did it.

Throughout training for the 2011 marathon I knew I had to cross train and eat well. I just didn’t. And I can’t really tell you why.

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I thought I trained hard. And I thought I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. But I didn’t.

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I listened to my coaches and learned a ton from them. But I didn’t use the information to the full extent that I could.

I knew I could do more. And I wanted to.

Then something clicked. Something changed. I evolved more as a person all around. And I wanted, needed, and desired to run better. I’m not saying every run is pretty , but I am doing it for me and I am loving it.

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And somewhere along the lines I realized I wasn’t by myself. But with an amazing support cast to include runner friends, non-runner friends and my two awesome parents who loved to support (or course my dad probably enjoys cheering at races more than watching 4 hour dance recitals, right, Dad??!!)…. and vice versa!

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I ran another full and while I didn’t PR…. I crushed the hills and am ready to rock a flat full course!!

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I started to look at life as a big adventure… even more than I did before! Traveling for races made training even MORE fun. Running in towns during work travel or on vacation broke up any sense of monotony.

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I took my training more seriously. I am reaching OUT of my comfort zone. Sticking to my workouts and paces I lay out for the day… and getting faster.

And figured out what foods work best for me. And I learned that it’s ok to have a cheat meal that involves chips/beer/cupcakes for dinner with a Lifetime movie in the background just because I can… I just make sure those days are far and few between. And I don’t let them get the best of me.

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And I’ve learned to embrace cross training. Swimming, cycling (still need to work on this one), body pump, yoga, walking, HIIT workouts, yogilates, whatever {except today’s Body Pump— I slept in…. man, my bed is super comfy!}. You need to be active. Lifestyle changes people, lifestyle.

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Taking time for myself, with the people I love {I am on the left}. Make those moments.

Not sure if that is even a fully comprehensible Transformation Tuesday in between the power having gone out 3 times in the midst of my typing it {beautfiul Savannah thunderstorms!}… but you get the point. My transformation over the past year is really more about keeping tabs on my body and how it feels. My body feels like a whole new person just by making sure I do the 4 simple steps….

Be active. Eat clean{er}. Have fun. Be good people.

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Comments (4)

  • Brian Sharp

    Activity breeds activity.

    If you’re feeling up for a little in state travel for a race, I’m doing the Run Town USA half in October. Huge event in Greenville!

  • Jenn

    I’m trying to learn from your example, but I’m finding it hard to get into cross training. With the new month, I hope that I can get some other activities into my schedule!

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