"Success is not how far you got but how far you traveled from where you started"
I found that on an instagram page after a chat where Rachel basically told me I need to take a hard look at where I had started and enjoy my accomplishment instead of feeling angry at myself. She is quite wise :) When I saw the quote I immediately texted her to inform her of my new motto and needless to say she wholeheartedly approved.
Now for our rewind, or a throwback in the young kid lingo :)
I started running in June of 2012 and I couldn't make it a quarter mile without stopping and feeling terribly winded. Then as I built up so very slowly I would get about 1.5 miles and I would throw up. In those early weeks/months I knew I was getting better because I could go farther before puking. Looking back I bet the neighbors LOVED me, although I did try and spice up my route so I never puked in front of the same house! My first half marathon which I am sure you have read the race recap for since you are a dutiful blog reader, was in October 2012 and thus I was bitten. A little over a year later I ran my first marathon, that is a pretty good progression if you objectively look at it. I wasn't very fast but I put in the miles.
Oh right, biking. Well I got a bike, oh wait I was supposed to do more than that? Crap. So I bought the bike in October and refused to ride it pre-marathon for fear of falling and hurting myself. Then cue winter and I rode it for the first time in February, that's right, February. I have been officially bike riding about a month, I have no clue what right I had to berate myself for not doing an awesome 28 miles on my bike last weekend.
Well in my 32 years I have not drown but I am most definitely NOT a swimmer. My sister was on the swim team, I managed to propel myself from the end of the diving board to the side of the pool. Don't get me wrong I love water, perhaps I have a healthy respect for the ocean but I do love being in the water. Swimming technically started in November and then took a little hiatus while my foot surgery healed so back at it in January. Not a very long time considering I was starting from pretty much scratch and I tell you learning things as an adult is HARD!
I'm turning over a new leaf!
1) I WILL set up my training peaks and I WILL follow it
2) I WILL start swimming at Riverbank in the mornings to take advantage of the 50 meter pool. Goodbye sleep I was getting, it was nice knowing you
3) I WILL see the positive changes and improvements I have made and recognize them
In January 2013 I started my fitness journey. I didn't want to just be skinny anymore, I wanted to be fit. Plus I had signed up for a crazy number of running races and didn't want to get hurt and I also needed an outlet. My life has changed so much since then and I am truly happier than I have ever been and grateful for everyone who has come into my life as a result. I will leave you with a photo of my birthday present from my amazing friend Shawna.
I LOVE IT!!!