Transformation Tuesday

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.

My highschool senior photo

My highschool senior photo

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!

Picking up my bib for the big day!

Picking up my bib for the big day!

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.

Right after crossing the finish line!

Right after crossing the finish line!

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 🙂

-Alice

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