What RaceEpic means to me: leadoeslife

Today’s featured racer is leadoeslife! Check out her story-this chick is awesome, and reminds us that being healthy is a choice. Follow Lea and make your health a priority in 2012!

What Race Epic means is getting my life back.  A slight exaggeration?  Maybe, but in a round about way it is true.

On New Year’s Eve, I will be working a 12 hour night shift, after having worked several nights before and several after.  Race Epic means making a run happen despite the fact that “I don’t have time”.

 I used to be an EMS helicopter pilot, now I work in the Company Headquarters.  At a Desk.  I used to be “in shape” and make room in my life for exercise, now I am obese and unhappy.  I used to run several miles without much prep, now I struggle to run a mile…..sssllllooowwllly.

Every day is a new chance to change my life and become happy again.  This is the catalyst to move forward, move on, and claim my life.  You have all done it, why can’t I?

I have signed up for the Colorado Half Marathon on May 6, 2012.  I decided a few weeks ago that I would start training “for real” at the start of January.  I wanted to be able to go three miles before I began my plan.  As of now, I’ve been doing about 2.  Do I run the whole thing? Nope.  Do I care?  A little, but I know that will come. 

So, for Race Epic, I will do my 3 miles.  I will probably have to do it on a treadmill, unless I can sneak away from work for 40 minutes or so… ;-)  This will launch me into my more intense training, and remind me that I can reach my goals, if I choose. 

This New Year I choose to be happy.  I choose to be fit and make my health a priority.  I choose to go from 244 pounds to 144. (Ok, that may take more than a year and I’m ok with that)  I choose to make new healthy habits and activities with my family and friends. I choose to find support and support others on Tumblr.  I choose to make this year…. Epic.