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Ready to Sweat Pink :)

Hi Everyone!

Time to share my story with all of you fantastic, passionate people.

I guess you could say we’ve all had our ins and outs with physical fitness over time.  I know I have!  I never realized how it could pull me out of a personal hole until about a little over 3 years ago.

I had left my steady 9-to-5 job to pursue a passion of mine (although maybe not as financially stable…big mistake! lol) in the hopes that it would let me spend more time with my daugther, as I am a single mom.  I worked weird hours and fell behind financially. I barely had time for my daughter and then my father was very sick.

At first, I thought I was in a funk.  Just weighed down by the day-to-day and out of sorts. It started to envelope me. I began to notice that I was not engaged.  I lost my joy for the simplest of things.

I decided that maybe I should go and see the doctor.  I arrived at her office and sat in the waiting room.  I love my doctor.  Been with her forever.  She delivered my baby.

I sat down, she asked me what was wrong, and I cried.  Sobbed.  I thought I would not stop.  She was able to calm me down and ask questions about how I was, what was happening.  I was diagnosed with depression.

She, along with my awesome family, were an amazing support system.  She told me that I had to continue my physical fitness, as it was important for not only my physical health, but for my mental health as well.

Through a personal trainer I had had before I ventured down the rabbit hole, I was able to continue working out, and start running again.  As hard as it was for me to go out and be amongst people at that time (because in my head, people would SEE my mental illness, like a cartoon bubble over my head), I did it.

But it was running that became my outlet.  Running that helped me clear my head and connect with myself again.

I started my blog when I became injured, as I wanted to share my story about running and mental illness.  To reach out to the running community and connect with like minded people.  I have met so many wonderful, passionate, supportive people in doing so.

My newest passion is hot yoga.  I can’t get enough of it.  I hope to start cycling once I have my knee operated on here in the hopefully not so distant future!

I am so excited to get to know other SPAs and support everyone on their own journey.

………..and I can’t wait to Sweat Pink!

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Never Again: My Aha Moment

On July 13, 2013, I fought my way through one of the most physically taxing experiences of my life – my first mud run.  At over 250 pounds, I was bigger than most people out there, and was frustrated at how difficult the course was for me.  Despite my plus size, I had always been very active and this was the first time that I truly felt the health effects of my weight on my 5’3″ frame.

After making my way through 20+ grueling obstacles - and having to walk around more than I would care to admit – I approached the final challenge.  By this point, I had climbed over walls, leaped over fire, and crawled through mud, so despite being exhausted and frustrated I was still feeling accomplished and excited as I approached the finish line.  The final obstacle consisted of a straight 15 ft wall that you had to pull yourself up using a rope, which then led to an even higher climb up what I think is best described as the adult version of the AggroCrag.  If you didn’t make it up the first wall, you had to walk around the final challenge and simply just jog through to the finish.

As I was struggling to pull my 252 lbs up the wall, a crowd formed and started to cheer me on.  If it was a movie, this would have been the moment I got my second wind and propelled myself up to the chorus of congratulations and excitement below.  But this was not a movie, and by that point my body was well past the point of no return.  My feet slipped, I face planted into the wall, and I slid the entire way down, after making it only 2 feet from the top.  I promised myself then and there – never again.

This was my “aha moment,” literally covered in mud at the bottom of an insurmountable wall.  I was fortunate enough to be relatively healthy up until that point even with my weight, but I knew it wouldn’t stay like that for long.  Instead of a life of diabetes, high cholesterol, joint issues, and obesity, I knew I had to choose the other option – the healthy lifestyle option.

Flash forward to July 12, 2014.  At almost 90 pounds down, I raced my way through my second mud run, easily one of the stronger members of my team.  Not only did I complete every obstacle, but I finally got my moment at the top of the last challenge.

The best part is, I know it’s only the beginning.

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I’m Still a Runner

Running and I have always had a great relationship. Growing up, everyone knew I was the girl who could run forever. When I entered high school I was so excited to join the track team. The only problem was, I had no idea what event I would be good at. I wanted to run everything! The perk of being from a small town is that you could do everything. I found a love for long distance running.

One thing I also developed was an awful case of ITBS, or IT Band Syndrome. I fought a really good fight with my IT Band for a really long time, until I broke down and went to the doctor. I got put in physical therapy and missed a whole season of cross country. I still wasn’t 100% by the time the next track season came around.

When I could compete, I did really well. I even got some looks from small colleges, but sometimes you need to look at the big picture. My injury wasn’t getting any better, it was actually getting to the point where I could only run my events on race day. I had to give up my one true love in life.

Years had gone by, and a friend of mine challenged me to run the Pittsburgh 5K. It is the 5K run the day before the Pittsburgh Marathon. This sparked my interest. I ran a mile here and there through college, but three miles, I was worried. I started slow and gained the love back instantly. I made sure I stretched my IT Band, and if I ever felt pain to back off.

When race day came, I was so ready. I was ready to prove to myself that even with all the years off, I was still a runner. I was still an athlete! I finished that first 5K in 25:05 and placed second in my age group. I could not believe it! I turned to my husband and told him that I would run the marathon the next year. He laughed and told me I was crazy. 

Exactly one year to the day of that first 5K, I completed my first marathon.

I never thought in a million years that a 5K would be my A-Ha Moment, but it sparked something inside of me. I feel like I found myself again. I could not imagine not having running in my life.

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