My Lifestyle Before Running

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my 1 year racing anniversary. Today, I wanted to write about what my life was like before I started running.

When I was in high school (10 years ago!), I never really had to worry about my weight. I was in the marching band and I played golf, so I was very active. I know some people don’t think golf is a sport, but when you’re carrying a 30+ lb bag and walking 18 holes, don’t tell me it isn’t a sport and exercise! I could eat whatever I wanted and I never really worried about gaining a ton of weight.

t playing golf and now I had a meal plan with an all you can eat option. I love food (I still do!) and I took advantage of the great food options in my dorm. My dorm also had a late night food option so my roommates and not smart decisions looking back on it!

I remember I went for “a run” one time in college and I was so winded, I thought, who the heck would ever do this?! I tried to work out a few times in college, but my university only had 1 small workout center, so it was frequently very crowded. I went to a large school with 40,000+ undergraduates and the first day of my freshman year, the huge main workout center closed for renovations and didn’t open until the year after I graduated. I know it’s not an excuse looking back on it all, but it seemed ok at the time….haha.

I’m 5’8’’ and if you looked at me in college or the years after college, you won’t say I was overweight, but I wasn’t skinny either. I was fairly average… I wore size 8-10 clothes, so in today’s world that is pretty average. In my head I never wanted to hit “double digits” but occasionally it happened.

A year after college, one of my college friends got married and asked me to be in her wedding. I was so excited but I wanted to lose a few pounds so I could fit into a smaller dress. Most of the bridesmaids were 0-2s, and I didn’t want to be the size 8 bridesmaid. I remember I lost a few pounds by dieting and I was able to fit into a size 6 dress. I was happy when people noticed but after her wedding I put the pounds back on.

My first job out of college was in a recreation building with a full size workout gym. That should have done the trick to get me working out, especially when our boss told us we could get an hour for lunch and an hour for working out daily! One of my coworkers would frequently try and host workout classes which I sometimes did. If I ever “ran on the treadmill”, which was infrequently, I would break out in red splotches, and my entire body would itch like crazy (I now know that meant I was out of shape). I even joined a gym outside of the recreation building because I didn’t like patrons to see me working out, but that didn’t even take. I eventually had to cancel my membership because I was throwing away money each month for a gym membership I didn’t use.

To tell you the truth, I’m not sure what finally clicked on working out. When I decided to run in the 8k with Lauren in March 2013, I decided that I needed to get into better shape. I’m not sure how heavy I was when I started running but I know that since that first race, I’ve lost and constantly kept off 20 lbs.

While I’d like to lose a few more pounds, I’m very happy now since I constantly fit into a size 4 or size 6 now. People notice a difference in my energy level, my appearance and I feel much better. I seriously think the thrill of my first race may have changed it for me. While my first race did not have any bling, it gave me the confidence that I could do it. This blog, twitter, other blogs, and racing websites give me motivation everyday to get out there and keep killing it. When I’m not feeling like doing my workout/run, I just hit up social media and see how everyone else is getting out there and I realize I need to stop being lazy and go out and get a good run in. I’m not sure how long I will be able to run, so I need to take advantage of my health and this opportunity now!

Kathleen

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3 thoughts on “My Lifestyle Before Running

  1. This is a great post. I think a lot of us start running to lose weight and then stick with it because it is a lifestyle.

  2. Awesome read and I’m glad you’ve come to love running. The funny part is, in college, when I’d try to run some, I was like yucky, I don’t like it, but a few years later, I really started to get into it!!

  3. We’ve both definitely come a long way since high school! As you’ve said before, who would have ever thought out of our old HS gang that the two of us would be running! Lol!

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