It’s been a year since I decided to seriously start weight lifting. After training for the Marine Corps Marathon & the Old Glory 50K, I was absolutely burnt out and defeated. I had run a total of 2,400 miles last year. My body did not mind the mileage but with the other pressures of life and my thyroid not being completely under control, I tanked. The marathon was not my slowest but it was my least enjoyable. Old Glory 50K was nice but I was so ready to just be done with it all that I would have run 100 miles that day if you told me that’s what it would take to be able to stop. Not necessarily the feeling a runner wants to feel.
I finished off last year joining a gym and determined to hit my 2,400 mile goal before stopping & slowing down for a little bit. It was definitely an accomplishment on my list but I do not believe that will be something I do again or want to for that matter. It took the love of running out of it. Over the course of the spring, I created a weight lifting plan for myself that could be done alongside of marathon training for RnR DC but when life decided I would not run that race, I set my sights on Shamrock Half. I trained fully with weight training as the focus and added running in. I was able to push myself much more than I had ever been able to. Here I was training to run a half marathon by myself again and yet stronger physically & mentally than ever before. It was a race that was all about my ability. The outcome solely rested on me. I had a 8 minute PR in some of the worst weather conditions! I continued on to PR again at hilly RnR Raleigh and one last time in the spring season at R4W. In the middle of the last two, I even did RAGNAR Richmond. 17 miles of hilly trails!
After this last year, I cannot say that I will ever go back to straight cardio. I was stuck in a rut with cardio. Now I have seen my body transforming again and I’m hooked. I have gained 10 lbs from my smallest but I fit the same clothes better than before. The progress is continuously being provided with each time I step into the gym.
I tried to go back to the world of higher mileage and less weight lifting. Quickly I started to feel burned out again. Mid training I changed plans because life is too short to follow something that you don’t believe in. Within 3 weeks, I felt strong through my second 18 miler and 20 miler. This is simply what is right for me. I need to stop thinking that what works for others will work for me. We are all different and that’s ok. I need to find what’s right for me and I’ve learned one of the greatest lessons this last year.
Never be afraid to walk away from something that doesn’t serve you no matter what or who it is.
Day my life changed: 8/3/2012
- Highest weigh-in to date: 243.5 lbs on 3/11/2008 (Wore 18/20 & 22/24 for a gown)
- As of 8/3/12: 208.6 (wearing size 16/18)
- As of today: 152 lbs (wearing size 4-6, S & 27 jeans)
Body Fat Percentage
- As of 8/3/12: 46%
- Body Fat %: 25.6% (using the gym’s machine instead of caliper)
- 134 lbs
- 18% body fat
- Next Race: Marine Corps Marathon
- Down 4 inches overall in the last year & up 10 lbs!
- 30 day Blogilate’s Waist Trainer
- Lowered the weights and upped the reps of my lifts
- Working on Stroller Warriors’ Run the World campaign. 750 miles!
- Still logging in my MyFitnessPal! I hit a 1,250 day streak!
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