Coffee was not totally necessary this morning as I am still riding the high from completing my first half marathon this weekend!
The benefit of a 13.1 mile course is you are guaranteed time to reflect. A few miles in I had found my pace and was blissfully running solo. Along with other random thoughts, the word that kept creeping into my head was transformation.
My personal health journey has been a rollercoaster ride since my early teens, and I am so proud that it has led me to this point. I NEVER imagined that I would complete a half marathon, that is for sure.
Highschool was when I was at my largest, teetering around the 265-270 pound range. I was fortunate to go to an all-girls school where I had many friends and no shortage of fun, along with constant love and support from my family. While my outward attitude was positive and cheery, I definitely struggled with depression over my weight.
It took time, but my senior year of highschool (shortly after this photo was taken) I decided to take back my body and began my weight loss journey. By the time I entered college I was down 45 pounds and never looked back. To date, I am 90 lbs lighter than that picture and have never felt better, stronger, and more like myself!
This race gave me the perfect outlet to reflect on how far I have come and to remind myself that it is not always easy, but it is always worth it. I am grateful to my body for getting me to that finish line, and I am amazed at how much we can do when we go all-in, physically and mentally.
I keep my high school photo close by so that on the days when I feel down I can remember how far I have come. This race photo will join it as a reminder of the joy and strength that come from hard work and determination.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint” has a whole new meaning to me now! Let’s see if I can get Gear to join me for next one 🙂