Hi fitness enthusiasts, runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers, and people in general! My name is Carolyne and I am a twenty something fitness lover. My journey to a healthier lifestyle and running began the summer of 2012. I just finished my freshman year of college and could not believe how much I did not take care of myself. Granted, that was the year that I had a lot of unhealthy habits such as drinking three times a week, binge eating, sleeping late, and exercising maybe once or twice a quarter. It was also the year my father passed away from cancer, I had moved from Florida to San Diego for school, and basically, the weight gain wasn’t too much of a shock after factoring in all of that.
That summer, I decided I needed to make a change. I jokingly told my boyfriend during lunch, ironically at Golden Corral, that I wanted to do the Insanity 60 Day Challenge. He looked at me skeptically, knowing how rigorous that exercise program was and BOOM. There was my motivation and I started the Insanity Challenge. I thought I was dying the first two weeks, not realizing how out of shape I really was but as I kept it up, I realized how I started getting stronger mentally and physically. It stopped being about the weight loss by the end of the program but more about building up a healthier lifestyle and not wanting that hard work to go to waste.
After Insanity, I began exploring other ways to stay active and my love for running began with running our campus’s four mile loop. I signed up for my first 5K in 2013 and have been instantly hooked. Since then, I have ran 4 5Ks, 2 10Ks, 4 Half Marathons, and 1 Marathon, constantly chasing the next race in San Diego. I realized that running has become my form of therapy, my outlet for celebration or sadness, my way of empowerment, and with this blog, I hope to inspire others as well. It doesn’t take someone with years of experience to become an athlete. All it takes is a goal, inspiration, guidance, and a pair of running shoes :)