Amy Keeley talks about setting goals and her 2014 accomplishments. She ran her first 5k, her first & second half marathon, and her first Mud race! Amy also reminds us to stay the course even when we stumble! We cannot wait to see what she accomplishes in 2015!
2014 has been a year of accomplishments for me. This year I have pushed myself out of all of my comfort zones. Starting off the year, CrossFit Gardendale had its 40-day challenge. I am a very driven (some may say stubborn) person, and I wanted to win. It was motivation to continue what I had already started, after having my second child in August. During the challenge, I tried to clean up my diet, and I incorporated running into my fitness routine. One of my 2014 goals was to run a half marathon. I had never run in a race or ran more than one mile at any given time in my life. One day, I set out on a run to see how far I could go and that lead to four miles!!! I was blown away. Only a few short months ago I could not run 200 meters, and I had just run 4 miles without dying. I contribute this to my dedication to CrossFit. I continued on the 40-day challenge, and I won it!! I lost 15 plus pounds and countless inches and gained so much confidence.
I ran in a few 5Ks and then accomplished one of my biggest achievements of my life and ran my first half marathon in April. It was a huge high! I was so proud of what I had been able to do with some hard work and dedication. After running the Nashville half marathon I took some time off from running and focused on CrossFit until it was time for the Mud Duck Mud Run in June. The 6+ mile obstacle/mud course was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but once again I survived. Summer came and went and then there was fall. I feel like I slacked off big time in my diet and lots of workouts. I was training for another half and I missed lots of runs and was not fueling my body with what it needed. I managed to finish my second half marathon of 2014, something I never thought possible. There were two more races of 2014, a 10K and the CrossFit Gardendale Gridiron Games which made for a pretty full year of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and achieving goals I never thought possible.
I have gotten so much stronger and gained so much confidence through my time at CFG. I have made so many friends and feel so encouraged when I come to workout. I now can truly say that I love to workout. I look forward to it every day, and it is the best therapy for a bad day. I have big plans for 2015! I plan to focus on nutrition in order to fuel my body so I can perform at my best and to teach my family that eating healthy can be yummy. My CrossFit goal is to get that stinkin’ pull-up that I’ve been working on for a year. I want to stay encouraged and remember that every day is a new day.