I have always wanted to run. I remember back in the 7th grade that I ran 1 mile without stopping. 1 mile. It also was at 4:30 in the afternoon in the blazing heat of Arizona and I wanted to get back inside. I knew the faster I ran the sooner I would be back inside. So I high-tailed it around the track and finished super fast. That was my first and only mile run until I was 28-years-old.
At 28, my husband was deployed and I needed something else to keep me busy. No kids yet and teaching piano was fun but I needed something for me and needed to get my big butt in shape. I got a personal trainer and after about 6 months of personal training I started running. I lost 30 lbs and got below 200 lbs. It only lasted for a few months because we became pregnant with our first son through the help of fertility treatment. I only walked during the pregnancy because it took 8 years to get pregnant and I didn’t want anything to happen. So walk I did.
The hubs got deployed to Iraq for the military when our son was 3-days-old and I didn’t have family around so no more gym. It took 2 more years and heartbreak to get my big butt again back into shape. May of 2013 I suffered my second miscarriage in a year and I had made it to almost 12 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was so stressful. Went to the doctor all the time for blood work. Husband was in AZ for training the entire time I was pregnant. The day before Mother’s Day, I miscarried alone. My husband was driving cross country as fast as he could but he didn’t make it until the next day. Broke my heart, my faith, and I became angry. Plus I gained 12 lbs. So I had the 12 lbs plus what I was still trying to lose from my first son. NOT GOOD! I was not happy.
There were signs up all over town about a local 5k on June 1st. 3 weeks after my miscarriage I walked my first 5k. 2 weeks after that I joined the local Women’s 4 miler training program. 1 week after that I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon and 4 miler.
During the 4 miler training program, I realized that I had a story, a great story and motivation to why I wanted to run. I wanted to share it. Share it with as many people who would listen to it. And hopefully one day I can help inspire one person to try something they didn’t think they could do.
So why Connect The Dots Ginger. Well I am a ginger. A strawberry blond ginger. I am covered with spots or dots. My husband always joked with me that if we just connect all the dots together I would actually have a tan. So there you have it. My sun kisses helped inspire me to name my blog and yes the more I run outside the more I get and maybe just maybe eventually, I might merge all of these little dots into a TAN LINE! (A tan line is a big thing for a very fair skinned girl who grew up in Arizona and couldn’t get tan for her life, just red, red, red.)
So that’s my story. The rest from here on out is going to be my amazing journey of self- discovery and motivation. I hope I can motivate you in anyway to change your lifestyle and try out a new sport!
I would love to hear from you and your story. Pop on by the blog and chat for a bit if you would like!