My New Hard
My “before” photo is from Sept 2015 when I started to run consistently after an injury. I was overweight and always felt sick and sluggish. Since then, I have run 5ks, 10ks, and a 10 mile race, but I struggled with weight loss. I believed that since I ran a 5k, 10k, or 10 mile race; I could eat a cheeseburger, fries, dessert, and beer right after. This mindset did nothing for my body in terms of fueling for performance or even promote proper recovery. After only losing 10lbs total from running in 2 years, I decided to drop down my running miles and figure out how to meet my overall arching goal of weight loss.
On January 1, 2018, I decided it was a new year, a new me, and time to choose a new “hard”. I decided to sign up for the Ross TriFit Tri Duathlon. I knew I could do the mileage as they were low. The low mileage also allowed me to incorporate an intense run/walk into my run segments, instantly creating a HIIT workout. I did the same with my rides as well at home on the trainer. Additionally, I took Marie’s advice of adding Tabata runs, strength training 3 times a week, and refocusing my diet on fueling and recovery/refueling my body. I recently added in 614WorX as a strength day to help boost my performance for my Duathlon.
I completed my Duathlon successfully on July 22, 2018 with a total time of 1:59:23 . Starting weight on Jan 1, 2018 was 246lbs, and today I am at 209lbs along with a ton of inches lost.
Today, my new hard is healthy eating and an active lifestyle. It is not easy to put in the daily work to achieve the results I have achieved to this point, and I don’t regret one minute of it. It has taken a village to keep me healthy and active, and I am fortunate to have the staff at 614Fitness as part of my village.