So when I moved to FL - I thought I am going to become a runner. I got better shoes, ordered some running clothes from Runner's World...and starting running. That is from mailbox to mailbox....b/c that was all I could do. It was soo hard! I then started going from light pole to light pole. Then I joined a gym - started using a few free weights and I would run outside on the track around the gym. After months and months I had gotten up to a mile without stopping. Let's just say I am not genetically blessed with good cardio genes.
I decided it was time for my first 5k as a more prepared runner. It was on the beach - I had never run on sand before. I had to stop a few times because of a horrible side cramp (at this point I still had not figured out the food part of running). I finished about 35 minutes later. Hysterical - I won my age group... but there were only 3 of us in my group!!
I was hooked - I started signing up for race after race. I started running 3 miles at a time (4 days a week)...I got to be a pretty good runner. I knocked minutes off of my time while training in FL heat. I had lost a lot of weight and had gotten pretty thin without adding any muscle at all. I probably weighted about 115 or so. I was 27/28.
I then moved to Nashville. I continued running after work on a treadmill in my apartment complex. Scrapping up enough money I joined a gym (who knew that years later this decision was the best I could have ever made - I met my husband at this gym) - it was 2002.
I signed up for the Country Music Half-Marathon. I trained like crazy and finished with a good time. I then did another one the following year as well as several 10k's and 5k's.
In 2004, I met Brad. I was thin .....actually pretty darn skinny. I remember having a discussion with him about weight training and running. The comment he made to me changed my way of thinking. He said "Mindy you can be a runner or you can be fit". I remember thinking - whatever I can be both!!
It took awhile for me to understand what he meant by this.
I was a runner but that was it!!
I could not bike, do the stairmaster, or lift anything over 10 pounds.
In mid 2004 - I started strength training and lifting heavier weights, I kept running but added biking, sprints, doing squats, lunges, abs, chest, and back.......
After about 20 years I feel that I have finally figured it out.
I have it down to a science now.
I run a couple of days a week. Looking at caloric burn instead of mileage. I do the "beast" (the large rolling stairmaster) and I spin. I typically do 4 days a week of cardio now. Burning from 425-550 calories per workout. Followed with 2 days of challenging weight lifting and strength training. I also have my diet pretty clean as well. I usually eat about 1200-1600 calories per day - I drink at least 100 ounces of H2o a day. I have not eaten a bean burrito in almost a decade. I have not had a drop of alcohol in over 4 years. I feel strong, confident, not frail and weak like I did when all I did was run. I have muscles I never knew I could have and I actually think I look better now at 35 then I did when I was 20, 25, or 30!! I have the body I have always wanted - I just needed the tools to help me get there.
Thank you Brad Reese for giving me those tools and for your constant motivation!! You are my biggest fan and I love you! Here's to many more years of fitness the right way.