I have been posting my fitness progress on facebook but I decided to start blogging about it instead. I’ve struggled most of my life with getting to or staying at a healthy weight. I’ve never been terribly obese or anything. Nothing more than a few pregnancy, and depression triggered weight gain periods but it has certainly been a struggle.
Currently I have 45 lbs to my goal weight. I’ve been actively pushing fitness and pursuing a healthy lifestyle change since mid-February 2010. I’ve lost 22 lbs and have a fitness level unlike any I’ve ever recorded. Historically, I still have 26 lbs gained since the end of 2008. I was frustratingly within 19 lbs of my final weight goal and then 2009 happened. The economy was not the only thing that was depressed. It took it’s toll on me mentally as well. Now I’m back on track and determined to become the fit, active person I want to be and am running it off!
My biggest running goal the year is to tackle the Ragnar Relay from Winona to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I will taking turns running with 12 women non-stop on a 192 mile trek along the Great Mississippi river. I have a total of 15 miles in 3 legs over a 2 day period. Keep in mind I’ve never run in any race besides a 5K and my PR is 33:07.0. I’m not very fast. At this point, I’d be happy with a 12 minute mile pace but my goal is 10 by August 20th.
In addition to running I enjoy road biking the Mississippi Bluff lands. My longest trek so far this year is 57 miles. I am planning a century ride in August. I also do a muscle building fitness DVD for Abs, Arms and Legs and attend Yoga classes as many Tuesdays and Thursdays that I can make it. I’m hoping to add back swimming to the routine soon and I’m planning on doing the Trinona in 2011! I can’t wait!
JUN 25 2010 http://runningitoff.tumblr.com/ post