Hello, I’m Lori. I’m a mom of two wonderful boys, a wife, a nurse by trade, and a runner who has been slacking in the nutrition and training department.
I have been running consistently for about three years, with some breaks. I have run dozens of 5ks, a couple 10ks, and four half-marathons. My first half-marathon time was my fastest time. Over the years I have gotten progressively slower because I have gotten progressively heavier. There are a few reasons for my weight gain: Sporadic running, consuming too many calories, eating junk calories, and not enough cross training. The most important factor being consuming too many calories. In my first year of running, I did not take walk breaks. For the last two years I have used the Jeff Galloway method of taking walk breaks. You can read more about the Run Walk Method here. I’m really a jogger/walker but for the sake of simplicity, I call myself a runner.
I have never been a skinny runner. Three years ago I weighed around 180 pounds and ran my first and fastest half-marathon. My time was 2:35. I’m 5’10”, 43-years old, and currently weigh around 213 lbs. 180 pounds is not thin but I felt good at this weight. I felt fit and comfortable in my clothes. I felt strong. My most recent half-marathon was in North Carolina, on hilly terrain, (I live and train in Florida where it’s flat) and my time was 3:01. My friends called it hilly, I called it mountainous.
The days of beating myself up over gaining weight and sporadic exercising are over. In my youth, I was much harder on myself. With time, I have developed more self-acceptance and self-compassion. I know that it is possible to lose the weight I have gained and I know it is possible to be more consistent with my training. I am not ashamed that I have gained weight and I do not hate the way I look. It just happened. This summer I fell into a big rut and ate more and ran less. I’m a little uncomfortable but I’m not miserable. I feel free and motivated to reach my goals!
I have two (flat course) half-marathons coming up in February. My goal is to lose 16 lbs by February 7, which is my first half-marathon of the winter season. It is my intention to document my weight loss and running adventures on this blog. Thank you for reading.