It was a pretty lazy day. I think I’m still coming off the high of finishing the Tough Mudder (click here to see my video recap of the event). That and I’m sick. The allergy attack I had on Friday really turned into a head cold and now I have laryngitis. I can barely talk over a whisper.
Anyway, I’m here to share a few fun photos, talk about my weekend as a whole and make a fun announcement.
Saturday I left the family to frolic at the hotel pool while I tackled the mudder. Here’s some photos I didn’t have time to share yesterday.
My arms aren’t that long. I swear. lol
My Team. :)
Mound of muddy shoes. Love that they clean them up and donate them!
The pedicure just isn’t quite the same after a mudder. :)
When I got back to the hotel I ate pizza and chilled with the family. The next day we hit the pool and had a little fun with the GoPro.
I LOVE having a completely waterproof camera! There’s no viewfinder so you don’t know if you got the shot but being able to shoot under water videos…
with a camera that can survive a 1 year old…
Ok, I can share cheesy family photos all day but I’m actually here to make an announcement.
I’m seriously considering signing up for another Tough Mudder event.
Actually, no, I’ve decided I AM signing up for another one.
That’s how much fun I had.
I loved every second of it. The mental challenge, the physical challenge, the team work, the sense of accomplishment, the fact that my success is solely determined on how hard I work. There’s no scale involved. I’m not trying to sculpt some perfect body or fit into a certain size dress. I’m not working out to earn more points or work off a slice of cake.
It’s just not about that anymore.
I think this is why I needed to shift my blog identity a little. Weight loss will always be a big part of my history but it doesn’t define me anymore.
I hesitated sharing my desire to run the mudder and share my training. I’m not who I was when I started this blog and that’s scary for some reason.
The change didn’t happen over night. It took 6 years…
- Some of you may not know but I was NOT an exerciser at ALL. I lost weight by just mostly "staying active" and a lot of that was dancing around my house like a nut-ball.
- Then I started Thinking About It which led to me actually joining a gym and declaring myself a gym rat soon followed.
- Then a friend put the running bug in my ear. (Re-reading the end of that post is exactly how I felt when I started running)
- I ran my first 5k run on a treadmill and I nearly died from shock.
- Then I took my running outside and even "the toddler" was impressed. :)
- After my first 5K event I was hooked!
- Then I found the Nike+ and fell in love!
- Soon I was training for a relay in the Baltimore Marathon Relay
- My first 40 minute run was a milestone.
- Then someone called me Racing Roni and it made me examine where I came from.
- In 2008’s Marathon I ran 6 miles and it was SO amazing! I decided to take a leap and sign up for the 2009 Marathon!
- With some training I ran the 10 mile Cherry Blossom and my first ever half marathon!
- My training was far from perfect but I managed to get in a few long runs like 12 miles in Chicago, 15 miles and and unbelievable 20 mile run on my own!
- Then I crossed the finish line of my very first marathon!
- Determined to keep running a part of my life, I set a goal of running 1 event a month in 2010 and pretty much reached it. (Darn snow storm!)
- I started 2011 6 months pregnany and running.
- On Little Beans 6 month birthday I ran another Half Marathon.
- Another year starts with another run.
- In Feburary 2012 I decided to challenge myself by signing up for a Tough Mudder and I started sharing my training.
I share this history in links not to pat myself on the back or gloat about how far I’ve come but to show you change is possible. I used to avoided physical activity like the plague and now I find running around the woods and jumping in mud a perfectly acceptable way to have fun. A lot of fun.
It’s crazy, I know, but I can’t stress that my progression happened not only slowly but took me down a path I could have never predicted. It all started with a goal to move my body more and take walks. I wonder where you would end up in 6 years if you made a simular commitment.
Wouldn’t it be fun to find out?