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This is where it kind of all began: I was a gym-goer for some years and I never saw any results. I had heard of Insanity and decided to give it a try, it was one of the toughest things I’ve done but completing the program gave me so much confidence that it made me want to keep going. I started learning more about health, fitness, and nutrition and soon my journey went from trying to get myself healthy to trying to help others do the same.

I’m excited to be part of this community and looking forward to learning from and meeting many other ladies with common interests and goals. I’m from Schaumburg, IL — if anyone is in the Chicago area reach out and say hi.

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Hello from Australia! So excited to be here!

Hi everyone,

I am so excited and honoured to be here as a Sweat Pink ambassador! I am a wife and mum of two young boys from Sydney, Australia.

In 2012, I lost 20kg in a lifestyle overhaul in order to keep up with my boys. Along the way I taught myself to run and discovered I was actually pretty good at it! Soon enough people started asking me for running advice and tips on becoming a runner. One night while I was running on the treadmill at the gym, I asked a friend “If I started a running group, do you think anyone would come?” Her answer “I would!”

So that’s how my running group Rachel’s Runners was born! A thought turned into an idea, which turned into a social running group. At the first session in February 2013, ten people came. A year and half and five groups later, we now have a group of 150+ members and sessions of up to 60 participants! Non-runners have learned to run 5k, 10k, half marathons!! And the biggest non-runner of all that started this whole thing off (me) is now training to run her second marathon in 6 months!!

I never, ever imagined that in the year I turned 40 I would be a runner, let alone inspiring others to do the same.

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My Couch to 5K Journey (and beyond)

I started “running” in April 2010 because I thought it might be a good idea to start being active. I’m not entirely positive why, but I’m fairly certain it was because my bff Kerry made it look so easy and my husband had started to run too. I added the C25K app on my phone and to date it might be one of the best decisions I made.

Unfortunately, I never finished the program that year. I picked it up again on April 10, 2011 and graduated on June 15, 2011. I ran my first 5k that Thanksgiving. I have no idea why I waited that long to race but I don’t recommend it. Jump right in! Since I ran that one in 2011, I haven’t stopped signing up for races since.

I remember thinking as the running intervals increased that I was never going to be able to do it. “Run 5 minutes straight? You have got to be out of your mind.”

There is that week – Week 5 – that gave me the most angst: 20 minutes straight. My thoughts went something like this “Ok, I can probably do the 5 and the 9. Maybe. But in no way am I going to do 20 minutes straight. No freaking way!”

When I started, I strictly stayed on my road right outside my house. I ran/walked up and down it. It was just about .5 mile on one way. Since the training gets you from 2-3 miles each time out – it worked for me.

For the 20 minute day, I knew I had to change things up. I knew if I had to run for that long, I had to adjust my route. I decided to venture out onto the main road. Doing a loop would get me to almost 1 mile. I remember it was early on a weekend morning and it was rainy. Talk about comfort zone – 20 minutes adding in main road and rain. “If I can do it, I can do anything.” I set out on my adventure. I remember at about 15 minutes in, my husband and daughter drove by me in the opposite direction to make sure I was ok. I waved them off.

Now that I reflect back on it, I realize what an amazing accomplishment this was for me. I did it. Something that I always thought I hated. Something that I could never understand how people did it for fun. And I DID IT!

And to cap it off, I completed my first half marathon yearly this year (May 2014) and I’m training for my second in October! Amazing what a little app and some #sweatpink can do!

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