My running journey began in January of 2011. I saw a photo of myself from Christmas sitting on the couch with my nephew and realized I had lost control. I joined Weight Watchers and set a goal to lose 50 pounds by my 30th birthday on 10/13. I expect presents now! About a month into WW I had lost a decent amount of weight and read about running a 5k on one of the WW message boards. I checked out a couch to 5k program on my iPod touch and decided to give it a whirl. Since it was winter, and I didn't really think running outside was an option, I did my training on a treadmill at the local gym.
I can still visualize that first run. I remember feeling like an elephant and thinking that everyone was staring at me and could hear me clomp down loudly as I took each step. It was brutal, but I kept going. I did my scheduled workouts and was able to run for longer periods of time. Who knew people could run for more then five minutes! I hadn't learned the art of pacing yet, but I continued and set a goal race. I decided that I would run the Lilac 5k, which is part of the Lilac Festival in Rochester during the month of May.
|Still smiling and not sweaty....YET!|
Well the race came and I roped my dad and Rob into running it with me. I didn't really have adequate running clothes and I was used to running in a flat and air conditioned environment. Man was I in for a rude awakening. It was incredibly warm and insanely humid. Also, unbeknownst to me the course was hilly. Needless to say I finished, but there was more walking involved then I had hoped. Even with the challenges of the day I had caught the running bug. By my second 5k, about a month later, I was able to run the entire race! I think that is one of my favorite things about running, you can track your progress and see your success.
|Dad, Rob and Me|
I continued to lose more weight and set more running goals. Over the summer I connected with the local Fleet Feet and drank the Kool-Aid, heck I pretty much swam in it!! They offer a No Boundaries program where I decided to train for my first 10k, which is actually a 12k. I realized that running outside and with people, is way more fun and exciting then running inside, even though the air conditioning is nice. I completed my 12k race thinner, faster, happier and with more friends then when I began.
|Laura and Me before the Summerfest 12k|
I hit my 50lb weight loss goal about a month before my 30th birthday. During those eleven months Rob was also hard at work. He had discovered CrossFit Rochester, cycling and triathlons. It was great and easier to be successful as a couple. Plus a little friendly competition is a helpful motivator.
|Our Transformation: 2010-2012 (No more Miss Piggy legs)|
When you get farther distances under your belt it is easier to imagine the next jump. I set a goal at the beginning of 2012 to run 3 half marathons. I once again joined Fleet Feet with their HFM training program and trained mostly with the 12 minute pace group towards the Flower City Half Marathon in April of 2012. In addition to gaining more miles and losing more inches, I acquired a fabulous group of running friends who make my life and runs way more interesting. I would meet my goal by also completing the Oak Tree Half in Geneseo and the Rochester Half Marathon.
In 2013 I ran three half marathons and my first full marathon in the first five months! Check out my Race Calendar page to see what events I have coming up. In addition to running, I also like to give back to the running community by volunteering at races and last year I helped Fleet Feet pace their HFM program. Now people are coming to me for advice and suggestions, crazy! I also am a head coach for The Girls on The Run chapter in Rochester. If you have any questions or want to contact me email Photo1999@aol.com.
|After completing my first full marathon |
in Cleveland, May 2013.