When I was your age, I could run a mile in seven minutes.
When I was your age, I could ride a bike for 30 minutes.
Sick and tired of hearing excuse after excuse of why someone could no longer do whatever they once did, I made a promise to myself. (I believe this is the only promise I've made to myself that I've actually kept.)
Ready for it?
"I will always be in the best shape of my life right now."
It's a simple concept that involves a lot of blood (we'll get to those stories later), sweat (obviously) and a lot of people thinking I'm crazy.
I had now really got into the running thing. In fact, I completed my first 5k race in 21 minutes. But if you know anything about running, it's a lot of wear and tear on your body. My hip was constantly bothering me. I would laugh saying, 'I'd be the youngest person ever to need hip replacement surgery'.
So if you're a cardio queen, like me, what do you do?
I got on a stationary bike. Oh my God. How hard and boring. It was all I could do to complete five minutes. Problem is I have an addictive personality which caused me problems in middle and high school. That's another entry, as well. I thought to myself, 'Well, if you can do this with running, surely, you can do this with biking'.
Yes, you already know what I did the next day. I started that stop watch, and I went 10 minutes. Adding five minutes every day was my new goal. Soon, my hip was feeling good enough to run, and I had found a new way cardio workout that didn't cause injuries.
And so, I became a 'biker' signing up on my sorority's team to race in my university's version of "Little Indy 500". Ever seen the movie "Break Away"?
I was holding back to conserve when I should have been picking up my pace. I was so close to the end but didn't realize. I finished four minutes slower than my last race – 1 hour 38 minutes – because I didn't have time left to meet my goal.More >>