People call me Little Miss Runshine. But I’m sure you have noticed that I haven’t really been running as much as I had when I started this blog.
Actually-I haven’t really been talking a lot about fitness in general. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out like a crazy person when I can. Instead of blogging about every class immediately after, I have been taking some more time to really get to know the classes and instructors. This means I don’t get to blog as much about the topic.
During my time reflecting on the fact that I’m not blogging about fitness a lot, I realized that if you look at my history, I have gone through quite a few different fitness phases…
My Fitness Timeline
Volleyball (1999-2004 )
My 8th grade was in the high school and when I first looked at joining a sports team, I joined the track team with most of my friends. Let’s just say that I was on the track team for a week or two but quickly decided that I absolutely hated running and wasn’t any good at it. I tried tennis but I was not very good at making any sort of contact with the ball.
Then I decided to tryout and play for the JV volleyball team. I ended up getting absolutely hooked and obsessed. I played on off-season teams, a travel team, went to summer camps and eventually became one of the Varsity team captains my senior year. I loved volleyball so much that I thought when I got to college I would pursue the club team.
But I didn’t pursue my college club volleyball team. I realized that-although some could-I personally couldn’t handle the time that was required to be on the club volleyball team and pursue my engineering degree. I opted for some casual running (maybe up to 3-4 miles max) and some lifting at the gym but nothing too serious.
And when I ran, it was mostly on a treadmill. I absolutely hated running outside. I mostly ran solo but when I ran with Dave, I would get extremely grumpy when he tried to get me to run outside when the weather was not optimal. The rule was that we couldn’t talk because I just felt too out of breath. I despised seeing him run and talk and laugh while I huffed and puffed feeling like I was trying to chase him.
Once I started working, I needed a hobby for after hours. I was getting bored going to the gym packed with people and needed something to spice it up. Going to undergrad in Boston, I had been inspired to run Boston Marathon some day. So I got Hal Higdon’s Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide and pretty much immediately decided that I was going to qualify for Boston.
I did some research and signed up for Chicago Marathon. I read it was flat and had great spectators. I built up my running base and trained consistently. In the end, I can happily say that I enjoyed almost every minute of that race. The worst part was when my watch died less than a mile away from the finish and I ended up less than 30 seconds away from a BQ. I was not going to let that stop me. And I didn’t. I ran 5 marathons (including 2 Bostons) and completed the Pumpkinman Half Ironman. I NEVER thought I’d get into triathlons-nevermind a HIM! Who said they hated running and endurance sports in high school?! …I did.
Yoga, Barre and Pilates (2012-2013)
After running Boston Marathon 2012, I suffered from a hip overuse injury. I felt hopeless. Doctors told me to rest and take it easy. I would break down into tears because I was not used to missing out on my workouts. I felt like a huge couch potato.
I had to do something. I settled for yoga. Settled? Yes-I hated yoga. It was too slow and boring for me. But soon I realized that yoga is not just calming and relaxing, but it also is extremely challenging. I challenged myself to a 30 day yoga challenge and pushed myself to try poses like headstand, crow, and more. I even thought for some time I might want to go through yoga teacher training.
Although I loved yoga, I started to regain strength and needed some more variety. I wasn’t able to run just yet so I ventured out to find some other workouts to add to my regime. I tried barre and Pilates. I completed a 20 classes in 30 days at Pure Barre and fell in love with BTone and bootcamps.
Spinning + Fitness Classes Galore (2013-present )
Enough time had passed that it was time to try to get back into endurance sports. I knew my body wasn’t ready for a marathon so I signed up for the Pan-Mass Challenge with my coworkers. Since it was tough for me to get motivated to ride out on the road during the week, I ended up signing up for indoor cycling classes and went pretty consistently. I fell in love with the classes and used it as my main form of cardio in addition to my other fitness classes.
My hips are feeling much better lately and my core seems to be healing since surgery for my volvulus. I’m continuing attending classes of all sizes, shapes and types. I even signed up for my first half marathon back-the Boston Run to Remember. I’m not sure where I’m headed next in my workout world, but I’m excited to find out!
Question for you
What does your fitness timeline look like?