I mean, other than the obvious…
I am grateful everyday for the direction my life has gone. I’ve said it again, and again…but I owe so much to my friend Krysta, who got me into running. I would be a completely different person than I am today if I never started. Other than the obvious benefit of being healthy and staying fit, I have gained so much since starting my journey with running/health/fitness.
Krysta and I
I used to be one of the most introverted people you would have ever met. I HATED talking to people I didn’t know. Even talking to people I did know was not easy for me. It is sad to say, but I
have always felt super awkward used to feel super awkward. I will never forget my mom constantly telling me I need to come out of my shell. Which I hated! I knew I was quiet – I didn’t want to be that way – I just was. Why? I don’t know.
Actually, that is a lie. I was scared. Sacred I wouldn’t be accepted, scared I wasn’t good enough, scared no one liked me…I can go on and on. I had no confidence. As I got older it was easier for me to go outside of my comfort zone, but I still didn’t enjoy it. Fast forward to June 2012. The Women’s Fitness Festival 2012 to be exact. I decided I was gong to run the CIM. I also decided to start a blog to hold myself accountable with my training. If I put that shit out there for people to read I had better be doing it!
Starting my blog was a huge step for me. Again, I thought people would make fun, think I was crazy and of course no one was going to care what I had to say. Then people started to follow my blog, and leave comments. Strangers were encouraging me with my training and telling me I was doing a good job and to keep it up! Then it started with my family and friends. People telling me I was an inspiration. Me?? The girl who slacked off in school and failed PE (yeah, that is totally possible!).
Running has introduced me to new friends and given me opportunities I never thought I would have wanted. I have been an ambassador for ZOOMA, and am currently one for Feetures! Performance Socks . Being an ambassador means organizing/participating in events, and promoting the hell out of a product/race. I am co-leader of November Project Sacramento where I lead most of the workouts, and will be coaching I Kan Run with Kaia FIT Sunrise (my dream come true!). I have also started running with Sloppy Moose Running Club. I knew only 1 person there when I decided to show up by myself. Now I’ve met quite a few peeps and look forward to Thursday evenings every week. Super fun running/beer drinking group!
Our first NP Pledge workout!
Our most current workout
In 3 weeks I will be flying to Madison Wisconsin to meet all the other November Project Tribe Leaders, run a relay with them and have a weekend full of workouts, fun and NP business. I am so excited for this opportunity! Me, really? Flying almost across the country to meet strangers?! Like we say in November Project, #FuckYeah.