Running In Circles

Let me take you back… In the beginning I was a bit of a mess. I didn’t know if I was still a runner or just an old, washed up, injured runner. For over a decade I had run. Distance was my friend. I would log 25, 35, 45 miles a week, just trying to lose the same fifteen pounds over and over. I always wanted that fitness model body, but could never achieve it. The more miles I ran the bigger I seemed to get. Sure, after a long run I would overcompensate with food. I had just run 20 miles, after all! I could eat whatever I wanted, Right?! The cycle was endless.

With twenty-five marathons under my fuel belt and a diagnosis of degenerative joint disease in my right knee, I decided to end my running career, something I felt defined me as a person. Surprisingly, I was okay with it. (my last run was February 6, 2011–The Surf City Marathon). Even now as I type this I am surprised at my lack of feeling for running. I feel like in a way I “outgrew” it, sounds silly, I know.

I started focussing on building muscle, which had always been the ultimate goal. Who knew that less cardio could be more when it came to building muscle…? Well, lots of people, I can be a slow learner sometimes. The weight started to come off and I was actually seeing muscle definition. My husband encouraged me many times to compete. I was not interested… AT ALL! As my body changed, so did my thinking. I started considering the possibilities. I contacted “The Diet Doc,” Dr. Joe Klemczewski, he answered all my questions, and I felt very confident that I would be able to work with him.

Fast forward one year… In May 2012 I began my competition prep phase- I signed up with Dr. Joe! I knew I wouldn’t be able to do tackle this goal by myself, I simply did not have the knowledge I needed. Joe set my macros and with Kori’s kick ass workouts, I was on my way! They made it so simple. Don’t get me wrong, it has been a lot of hard work! There have been ups and downs, many hours in the gym, daily calculations of protein/carbs/fat, and a lot of positive self talk. I have learned so much about myself through this journey…It’s no longer about finding myself, it’s about creating myself. I am no longer running in circles… I’m now on a course towards success!

I feel like I am a better person for being part of Team K!

Stay tuned…


7 thoughts on “Running In Circles

  1. Very impressive! I’m forever trying to get people who are all cardio to start lifting but it’s hard to convince them. Even though ones that say they want that toned look! Way to go!

  2. Wow! You do look great!! Thanks for the follow-and would love for you to follow me on my (self-hosted) blog–same blog, new hosting 🙂
    I am also a runner, just now realizing that I need to start lifting weights to get the lean strong defined look that you have here. Looking at these before and after pics of you makes me encouraged–I can do it!!

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