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I'm a 34 F living in Malibu, California with SuperHubby, a 6 year old daughter and a 3.5-yr old son.

I was always a really active kid and teenager. I played sports and danced and was always pretty petite. I ate whatever I wanted, was very fit and strong, and never weighed over 103 pounds (I'm Asian).

And then, so the story goes, I grew up...

It wasn't so much that I ate a ridiculous amount, it's just that I stopped moving. My highest post-baby weight was 143 pounds. Yes, I know, it's not enormous, but it was 40% more than I was used to my body being! That's pretty extreme!

When my youngest son was 2.5 years old and I was pretty sure we weren't going to be having any more kids, my body felt like it was mine again, in a way that it hadn't in nearly 6 years of being pregnant, nursing, and toting kids around. What did I want to do with my brand-spanking new body, now that it was mine again? I wanted to run. So I did.

I was asthmatic as a kid, so even though I was fit, I had a really hard time with endurance. The last time I ran a whole mile was when I did it for gym class when I was 13 years old, and even then, an older kid piggy-backed me for part of it. Not only was I a non-runner (ie. someone who didn't run), I was an anti-runner (ie. someone who thought that runners were quirky in the head at best, seriously lacking sound judgement more likely).

I have never been a runner, have never even had aspirations to run. I have knee problems, after all. And what about the asthma! I am, however, pretty impulsive. On 9/16/09, I went on a 4 mile run on my own as an experiment. I didn't die. I did it again over the next two days (2 and 3 miles respectively). Nope, still not dead. On 9/18/09, I decided to join a running club and on the very next day, I went on my first training run with them.

Two months after that, again on a whim (I registered not 24 hours before the event even!) I ran my first road race, a half-marathon. I hadn't specifically trained for a half-marathon and didn't even know what a taper was. I managed to do respectably.

Three months after that, I ran my first marathon. The following month, I ran another. I was scheduled and had trained for a third marathon, the San Francisco marathon, July 2010 as well, but was sick and couldn't make it. It would have been my 3rd marathon in 6 months.

I started playing tennis June 2010, and love it even more than I do running. I was asked to co-captain a USTA league team and hadn't picked up a racquet in 20 years. I did it anyway. In the last 3 months, my game has improved dramatically. Between team practices and matches, I usually end up playing 4-5 times a week. I would spend every waking hour on a tennis court if I could figure out a way to do so.

I quit running over the summer due to various non-running related injuries, but have worked with a physical therapist, and am now ready to get started again.

Again, on a whim (you get that I'm impulsive now, do you?), and having not run at all in 3.5 months, I just registered for a half marathon in 7 weeks' time. A hilly one, to boot. And I'm looking forward to it, big time.

In the last year, I've lost 29 pounds, have increased my endurance, have gotten stronger. I have visible ab muscles, I wear a size 0 or a 23 or 24 waist size in cute designer jeans. I'm back to eating alarming amounts of food. (Last Monday's workout burned over 2100 calories according to my HRM!) But that's just the bonus stuff.

In the last year, I've amazed myself. I am discovering myself every day. I know now that my body can and will do pretty much anything I ask of it. I've inspired a lot of the people around me. My energy is through the roof. I've learned to make time and space for myself. I was so atuned to hearing the needs and voices of everyone around me; I've had to relearn how to hear myself.

I am having the time of my life!

If you have a goal, any sort of goal, or even if it's not quite a solid goal yet, more of a musing, a "hmmm, what if...?" sort of a thing, start today. Really. You'll astonish yourself.

Member Since: 3/27/2008

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I run 6 days a week (about 45-55 miles) when I'm in training.

I play tennis as often as I can, usually 4-5 days a week (if I'm lucky!) and am co-captain of a USTA league team.

I strength train twice a week, because I love feeling strong.

I do yoga twice a week.

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  • v T-DOTMUM
    Hi again! I haven't logged on since Sunday...not great! I admit I have been avoiding the fact that I haven't run since Saturday morning. I have been sticking to my Insanity workouts-- Phase II now--but I've always been a person who needs a *lot* of exercise and I want to add some running onto the Insanity.

    Anyway, the thing holding me back now is the DARK! Can you believe I can be such a wimp? Since daylight savings it seems that it's always dark out now! On weekends it's easy to find the time to run but during the week I need to go at about 6 a.m., when it's still dark. I feel a little scared to go running alone. You joined a club, right? But I'm sure you don't run with them every day. Are you just a super-brave 120-pound tiny chick? I mean, I know you have a Samurai sword and all, but... emoticon

    My other option is to run on the treadmill at my gym. I could try running with my two kids in the jogger stroller in the afternoon but they're now getting too big to stay in it more than 20-30 mins. Not much of a workout. Anyway, tell me what you do and i'll probably follow. I'm afraid you've become a bit of a role model for me. Like it or not... :)

    Hey, just if you want a laugh about parenting (I hope)...check out my blog sometime. It's RelaxedParenting.blogspot.com. No pressure, no sales pitch. I just think you might find it funny. Just a lark. I'm a writer so this is my project to keep my brain fit while being a mama.
    3307 days ago
  • v T-DOTMUM
    Hi Rannadanna -- just wanted to let you know your story has totally inspired me! I am so jazzed about running again. I used to run a lot but stopped after my 2nd pregnancy. After my 3rd baby came, I had so many excuses. My kids need me, it 's not safe to go at night, I can't wake up so early, I don't have enough time to go for as long a run as I'd like, and so on.

    Like you, I'm impulsive, so one night I decided to try capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that had always intrigued me. I did that for a couple of years, but found as my kids got into school and their own extracurricular activities, I had to give it up.

    When I found your page, I realized I had a choice. I could sit around and wish I was more active and make excuses, or I could just go do it. So I did it. I started running. I really felt I wouldn't make it on a 5 k, but I ended up doing 10k's no problem. I'm loving it! Maybe I'll find the time for capoeira again, too. Anyway your story has helped me so I nominated you as a spark motivator as my way of saying THANKS!
    3310 days ago
    You should SO add tennis to your exercise tracker guilty pleasure or not. The most tennis I play these days is Wii tennis and the kids beat me all the time! emoticon

    I'm so sorry. My computer's crazy! I did not mean to post my comment that many times!
    3311 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2011 9:21:12 PM
  • v DANA564
    Thanks for the friend add!! I've done the same. I am currently training for a half marathon Dec. 4 in Dallas but I've only worked up to 8 miles so far. I think I can still push and do it. I've completed 2 marathons in the past and they both were not very good experiences. I've done about 6 halves but it has been a couple of years and I can feel the age making it harder in training. I'm still trying to get back to that level of endurance though. I admire your running ability and training. Way to go!
    3313 days ago
    AWW! No they wouldn't give you the heave ho! emoticon HAVE YA CHECKED OUT MY TRACKER?!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That's why I have to workout so much! If you want to see the REAL UGLY TRUTH, look at my Saturday food tracker from a couple of Saturdays ago! That's where I think back and add all the junk I "forgot" to to count during the week. And the ABS thing, THEY don''t look like that often. When I get off the tread is when they're at their best! HAHA!!! Once I eat ANYTHING my tummy pops out A LOT!
    3314 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/8/2011 10:24:25 PM
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