This is me three years ago. A skinny 115 lb. twenty-six year old. Of course I thought I was fit and athletic. How could I not be? I grew up playing competitive soccer, and I was always the most fit person on the team running ahead with the coach while the other girls lagged behind. When I decided to quit soccer in high school I took on cross country as something to do to keep myself busy. I found it boring and it did not hold my interest for long. I had other things on my mind…friends, a job, and applying to colleges as far away from Indiana as possible.Once at Clemson University, I vowed to not let myself gain the evil “freshman fifteen.” I worked out three to four days a week rotating between running, elliptical, spin class, and “lifting weights.” I even thought about joining ROTC. My typical workout consisted of running 3 miles, abs, and what I like to call the ‘yes/no’ machine for my legs. I continued this routine through undergrad, my masters program, and the majority of optometry school.
During my third year of optometry school, my now husband decided that he was going to be an Ironman athlete with the goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. He grew up a runner and is a natural athlete. He led his cross country team to many victories in high school and was awarded the company “Ironman” in the United States Marine Corps upon graduating boot camp. So this goal did not seem out of reach for him, but instead it was made for him. He gradually stopped weight training and transitioned his workouts back to his roots…running. His first half marathon was sub two hours. Soon after he bought a road bike and was doing sixty mile training rides while I was toting around my yoga mat and Lululemon outfits to and from hot yoga. Six months later, he ran his first marathon! It was truly inspiring to watch him accomplish his goals after the months of dedication he put into his training. And that’s when it hit me. I need something challenging like this in my life.
Don’t get me wrong, optometry school was challenging, but what would happen after I graduated? In life we are always working towards a goal: finish high school, graduate college, go to professional school (if you’re a professional student like I was), find a job you love (or just find a job), get married, have children, etc etc. My whole life had been spent working towards something and I was finally almost to my light at the end of the tunnel. I would be graduating optometry school and staring my profession in May 2012 and getting married to my amazing husband in July 2012. So what next? Running a half marathon seemed like the perfect mission.
Here it is….my journey from a skinny, hot yoga loving, eyeball nerd to a fit, strong CrossFit-er and marathoner.