My fitness success story begins in April 2014 when a friend invited me to join American Family Fitness. I began circuit training and my cardio workout was limited to using the elliptical for about 30 minutes four days a week. I changed my eating habits by completely eliminating alcohol and only eating to fuel my body not out of boredom or habit. In June, I found my favorite fitness activity, competitive running. My first 5k race time was 25:54. I continued working hard at the gym and improved my times and endurance. By November, I ran my first half marathon in 1:37:51 finishing 111th out of 2377. As I was running the race, I began to have hip and knee pain. At the Richmond half, I limped most of the race. I told a fellow gym member and she told me that Thom trained runners. I went to see Thom and I have been working with him for 10 weeks. I am completely pain free and I have won back to back races, The Knight of Columbus Ten Miler and the Game Day 5k with a new PR of 20:56. That is six minutes faster than my first race!
Whatever your fitness goals, I have two pieces of advice that have helped me in my success. Never sell yourself short. You deserve a healthy lifestyle. The second is do not be afraid to learn. If you are not sure how to achieve your fitness goals or reach a training obstacle, ask a trainer. I would like to thank my husband, Dan and my four beautiful daughters (two of them are runners and still faster than me) for their encouragement. I would also like to thank the staff at AFF, especially Thom Gibson who has me running faster and looking stronger than I ever imagined.