Year End Accomplishments – Part 2

If you missed last weeks initial conversation with Kim, be sure to scroll down the page to read more.  We left off talking about Kim’s favorite marathon so I then went on to ask Kim if she had a favorite place to run or walk, she stated ‘ I LOVE the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail! It is less than 2 minutes from my house and such a great place to run or walk.’, Kim stated. She went on to tell me that she runs 3 to 4 times a week.

Start of the Soldier Marathon Nov. '14

Having a trail within walking distance or living in a Walkable Community is an ever growing trend.  The Center for Disease Control has established a checklist for a Healthy Community, and walkability is key to fighting inactivity and obesity in this country, but it involves community support from the leaders, residents and businesses.  In the end everybody wins!

When I asked Kim about her accomplishments, Kim stated ‘I’ve completed Four Marathons, four half marathons, two 10Ks, six 5Ks, one 8K, one 9.9 miler & one 4 miler’.  That is roughly 207 miles worth of events completed or 51 times on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.

I then asked her about last years goals Kim stated ‘I started the year wanting to work on my half marathon time. I wanted to run a half marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes or better and 3 of the 4 I ran this year past year was a success’.  That is a great accomplishment!’

I then asked Kim about her goals for 2015, Kim told me ‘I would love to qualify for group A in the Peachtree Road Race, which is a 6.2 mile foot race that features over 60,000 runners on the 4th of July in Atlanta. ‘I was in group B in 2014 and my main goal is to keep running as strong as I have been for the last couple of years.’ Kim replied.

Kim went on to tell me about how she stays inspired, she stated ‘My friend Charlie, who is 81 years old & still running! I want to be just like him when I grow up! And seeing how well so many of my running friends are doing. My husband Keith & our friend Juanita & I ran the Soldier Marathon in Columbus in November. Keith and Juanita both had awesome PRs at that marathon. I didn’t PR but I had a great run that day. All 3 of us are over 50 and running better and stronger than we were 10 years ago. That keeps me inspired.’

So I went on to ask Kim if she had any advice for someone new to running, walking or just fitness, Kim stated ‘Don’t ever doubt yourself. You don’t know what you can do until you try. Whether running or walking, every marathon (or 5K or 10K) starts with that first step. Keep moving and don’t get discouraged when you have a bad day (it’s going to happen!), even if it’s 2 or 3 bad days in a row. The bad days running or walking really make you appreciate how great the good days are.’

Thank you Kim for allowing me to share your story.  Whether you run, walk, do yoga or lift weights – each mile or hour you workout creates a personal story of accomplishments.  If you have a story to share or know of someone please email me at dan@cmecompete.com

Keep on, Be Healthy and Stay Inspired!

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