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Adventure 12: Adventure as Motive for Fitness

October 17, 2012

For some, the difference between 0.125 miles and 13.1 miles is 12.975 miles. For me, it’s 12.975 miles and four years of struggle.

In 2008, I went for my first official “run.” I made it to the end of the block, roughly 1/8th (0.125) of a mile. I probably should mention that, at the time, I weighed 236 lbs. That first official “run” was my last official run for about a year. Because I knew then that running was for crazies.

All this time, ever since that horrible jogging attempt, the same picture has been stuck on my refrigetor. Torn out of a magazine, the picture (and add for Glenfiddich whiskey) shows two hikers backpacking through the Scottish highlands. Across the top, in big white letters, it reads: “ONE DAY YOU WILL.”

I made my first trip to Scotland in 2008 and fell head-over-heels in love with Edinburgh. My husband promised that we’d be back one day. From then on, my reward for reaching my weight loss goal was a backpacking trip through the highlands.

Well, it’s four years later, and I’m sixty pounds less than what I was — a mere thirteen pounds away from my goal weight. The tickets are purchased, the trip planned: we will be walking the 95 mile West Highland Way in May 2013 with nothing but what fits in our backpacks and a tent. This means I have seven months to lose fifteen pounds.

It doesn’t sound like much — 13 pounds — but for the last year I’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. The scale has not budged an inch in either direction. The bastard. I needed something different, something new… I turned to my bitchin’ stepdad for inspiration. The guy is 50 years old, about 210 pounds, and a running addict. If he could run marathons, surely I could run a half. So I signed up for the Illinois Half Marathon in Champaign-Urbana. The finish line is the 50-yard line of the Illini football stadium. Awesome!

So eight weeks ago, I took another stab at going for a run. Thankfully, shedding sixty pounds helped me pass that 0.125 mile in no time. My first day out, I ran two miles. Last Saturday, I ran seven. The half marathon is still months away, but I know I’ll have plenty of time to prepare. I just hope it’s enough to help me reach that final goal. Enough to take me to Scotland on the adventure of my dreams. I have a deerstalker hat ready to go.

What adventures keep you fit?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2012 12:26 am

    This is so inspiring. Congratulations on everything you’ve already done!! I have no doubt you’ll get to your goal… and that trip is going to be epic. What an incredible experience.

    • October 21, 2012 1:45 pm

      Very excited about the trip! There will be a lot of pictures here when it’s over!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. November 16, 2012 2:18 pm

    That’s a great idea. I’m having fits losing weight. I think I’m just too heavy to do things “normally.” The weight puts so much pressure on my back that it’s extremely painful. How did you drop the initial pounds? (Love the lose weight and travel idea.)

    • November 16, 2012 2:24 pm

      The initial pounds were tough. At 236 lbs, there wasn’t a whole lot I could well or for very long. If you belong a gym, the elliptical is great for keeping pressure off of the wrong places. Otherwise, walking is the best thing I can recommend. Don’t worry about speed or distance. I started at 2.5 mph for about 20 minutes — now I’m running 8 miles at a time.

      You might want to follow my weight loss blog:
      http://cowtippings.wordpress.com/

      And thank you for reading!

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