When I was in the fourth grade, I found out I had asthma. Finally, I understood why I couldn’t do the mandatory mile run without stopping to walk. Because of my asthma, I have always avoided exercise. I felt embarrassed when I wheezed and I didn’t want to carry my emergency inhaler with me everywhere.
Fast forward 20-something years and ______ amount of pounds gained. In 2009, I finally signed up for a 2-year prepaid gym membership. I tried to go almost every day, and worked out on the cardio machines like the elliptical trainer and the recumbent cycle. I started losing weight and felt great about exercise.
In 2012, I ended my membership at the big name gym and signed up for a smaller neighborhood gym. It was a life-changing decision. The staff there know me by name and it feels like they really care about my well being. Initially, I did the same things I did at the other gym—worked out on the elliptical, recumbent cycle, walked on the treadmill (with an incline) and rowed on the rowing machine. But one day, a personal trainer (who had been watching me & cheering me on) generously offered to show me for an entire hour, a bunch of beneficial exercises using body weight. She gave me a list of exercises I could do along with the cardio I’ve been doing. A few months later, she started teaching a boot camp class and encouraged me to join. Since then, I have been religiously going to her boot camp class and other classes offered by the gym.
In the summer of 2013, I decided I wanted to challenge myself further by trying to run. I surprisingly found myself enjoying it! My goal for 2014 is to run the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon. I’m aiming to cross the finish line safely.
I may be slow now, but I won’t be soon… 😉
See Jane Run // 5K // 2013.07.14
Seafair Torchlight Run // 5K // 2013.07.27
Fitness for Vitality Seattle 5K Run Series // 5K // 2013.09.15
Fitness for Vitality Seattle 5K Run Series // 5K // 2013.10.13
Fitness for Vitality Seattle 5K Run Series // 5K // 2013.11.10
Mustache Dache Seattle // 5K // 2013.11.16
Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland // 10K // 2014.05.18
13:54 // 2013.06.22
42:29 // 2013.07.14
10 miles // 2014.05.10