Runner’s Spotlight: Meet Missy
This week I’m talking to Missy; she started running after she’d lost some weight to then further supplement her weight loss. She’s lost 90 lbs in total! While I hadn’t lost any weight at all (I just started at 100KG / 220 lbs) I do know that original mindset of running to lose weight and then having it morph into something totally different. That’s why I always say “It’s amazing what changes when you start to run”.
Missy Makes a Comeback
Hey Missy! So nice to meet you! Tell me – when did you start running? What was your goal at that time?
I started running on January 1st 2013. I ran the Commitment Day 5K and was hooked on running! At that time, I started running to supplement my weight loss and new healthy lifestyle.
Did you reach your initial goal?
I would say I did! I had lost 60 pounds through healthy eating alone but when I added running I lost another 40 pounds. But more importantly, I fell in love with running!
Do you have the same goal now, or have your goals changed or evolved with time?
No, my goals have changed. Now I am running because I love it. My goals now are to run further and faster!
Have you run any races? If yes, what distance was your first race? What was your experience – did it meet your expectations?
My first race was the Commitment Day 5K. It was an AMAZING experience and exceeded my expectations! I am positive it is why I fell in love with running.
Have you done other races since then?
I love racing! I have run 5K’s, 10K’s, 15K’s, 10 milers, & half marathons. Right now I have my sights set on a full marathon.
What is your favourite distance?
Hands down my favorite distance is 10 miles! It is the perfect distance to feel really accomplished but get it over with and on to the rest of your day.
Do you have a running support network?
I do! My family is always coming to my races to cheer me on. I have my running friends who I can talk shop with. And I have my “team” of providers – my massage therapist, my chiropractor, & my podiatrist; they are all part of a great support network!
What about gear – have you got any gadgets that you love?
Oh, gadgets! I have my Garmin 920XT with a chest strap, Garmin VivoActive 3, and AfterShokz headphones. I am patiently waiting for my OptiShokz Revvez which are bone-conduction audio sunglasses! They are going to be amazing!
What else do you do besides running?
If I am not running, you can find me riding a bike or boxing!
What’s the most positive thing that running has brought into your life?
Confidence. I have always been a confident person but running gives me a different type of confidence.
What, if anything do you find frustrating?
When runners are embarrassed because they are slow, myself included. I have gotten over that but I hate when someone negates that they are runners by starting any running sentence with “I am a slow runner”. Pace does not matter! You are out there which is more than most!
Have you been injured at any point? If no, what do you do to avoid injury?
I have had several running-related injuries but the hardest one to recover from was a traumatic brain injury I sustained while running. Yes, you read that right I sustained a TBI while running! I slipped on ice and landed on my head and was knocked out.
Oh my gosh! What did you have to go through to recover from that?
Recovery was a long road. I had to go through physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I was out of work for four months and spent the whole time focused on recovery. I worked my butt off to get back to work and my “normal” life. Even after being completely cleared to be active my body wasn’t ready for it. I tried running the two years after my accident but I struggled. I was finally able to get back to running last year. I had to take it slow but I was back out there!
How do you stay motivated when you don’t feel like running?
I think about the two years when all I wanted to was run and I couldn’t. All I wanted during that time was to go out for a run to release stress and anxiety. I also know that I am always going to feel better after I run. Running is the one thing that keeps my anxiety in check. Running is better than therapy and I go to therapy!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start running, but is maybe too unsure to start for reasons of weight, age, lack of athleticism?
I would tell them that anyone can run! And running doesn’t mean that you run every step of a “run” or a race. As long as you are out there because you want to be you are a runner. I would also say that we ALL have our insecurities about running but the feeling you get from running will ALWAYS outweigh those insecurities.
Anything you want to add?
Running allows me to process my thoughts and manage my anxiety. I strongly believe that I was able to get off my anxiety medication because of running. I still go to “real” therapy but between my sessions, running is what keeps me feeling good. In fact, my husband has said more than once he thinks I may need to get out for a run!
Want to know more about Missy? What would you ask her? Did you start running to lose weight or supplement weight loss? Do you run to help keep your anxiety levels down? Have you ever had to recover from something so serious that it left you out of the running for a long period of time? What’s your favourite distance?
Thank you so much for participating Missy, and see you around the internet!
Would you like to be in the spotlight? Drop me a line at runlaugheatpie AT gmail DOT com.
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