After running a marathon six years ago when my son Dom got leukemia, I always thought I would train for another one at some point. Time passed, and after a year or two, I didn’t run anymore. I let myself off the hook telling myself that I didn’t need to run. I felt that yoga and lifting weights at the gym were enough.
And they were, for a while. But then I turned 49 and I started to gain a bit of weight. Not enough for most people to see, but my tummy got a little more fat on it and my butt didn’t fit into my jeans anymore. I tried a lot of things to slim back down like fasting and eating less, but alas, the fat didn’t budge!
Recently, Nicole and Kate, two of the beautiful young women who work for Pure Joy Planet, started training for a marathon. They encouraged me to join them but I sweetly declined, telling them I didn’t want to mess up my hormones, I’m too slow, blah, blah, blah.
I enviously watched them train for a couple weeks, as they would often train together and come back happy and sweaty. I started to think about running again. Then, ever the enthusiast, Nicole said, “Why don’t you just train for a 10-mile race? There is one coming up in September in Oracle.” My ears perked up and I said, “10 miles? I can do that.”
So now, it’s been 2 weeks and I’ve been running 3 times per week. I started by just running 1 1/2 miles. Now I’m up to 4 miles. The funny thing is, I am absolutely loving it! I love how strong I feel. I’ve already noticed a lot more muscle tone in my entire body, and even though the scale hasn’t changed much, I’m replacing fat with muscle.
Today, I went out shopping for clothes, and the sales girl kept saying, “No, that’s going to be too big on you!” She was right, the smaller sizes fit! I came home with a new summer wardrobe and a new affinity for my body.
Not only am I stronger, more toned, and in a better mood daily, my body is slimming down, and my muscles (especially on my arms and abs) are visible.
If you want to get started, I recommend a couple apps. The first one is free and it’s called Run Keeper. The second costs a couple bucks and it’s called 5K-from couch potato to 5K
I think that I’m going to end up going more than that 10-mile distance. Kate just invited me to run a 1/2 marathon with her in Moab,
Utah in November (she’s running the full marathon), and I now have the inspiration to do it! If you want to get started, I recommend a couple apps. The first one is free and it’s called Run Keeper. The second costs a couple bucks and it’s called 5K-from couch potato to 5K
I think that I’m going to end up going more than that 10-mile distance. Kate just invited me to run a 1/2 marathon with her in Moab, Utah in November (she’s running the full marathon), and I now have the inspiration to do it!
See you on the trails!
~ Professional Chef, Instructor and Detox Counselor at PureJoyAcademy.com, Lifestyle Counselor, Co-owner of Pure Joy Academy and Owner/Director of PureJoyPlanet.com Elaina Love began teaching raw food courses in 1998. She is a pioneer of low-glycemic and gourmet raw foods. She has created some of the recipes and everyday products which are used by professional raw chefs around the planet. Elaina has authored 3 popular recipe books, and is known for her “recipes that work!” In 2010, after 12 years of teaching, Elaina co-founded Pure Joy Culinary Academy. Since the academy opened, she has thoughtfully certified hundreds of students around the world. Each of these proud graduates now knows exactly how to be a raw food chef, and can instruct others around then–with an emphasis on Holistic Nutrition! Elaina has created the online "Raw Chef Certification" available exclusively here at the BodyMind Institute. Visit Elaina Loves' Pure Joy Academy here >
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