Hi, I’m Katie! I blog over at Katie Moves. I’m a 23-year-old fitness enthusiast living in South Central Pennsylvania.
Change…change can be well…uncomfortable. Most of us hate changing up our routines and daily activities. A little disruption can leave most of us feeling a little anxious! This is true especially fitness wise. You have your certain classes. You like to run Tuesdays and Thursdays and you run the same distance every time. Is this good for you? Well exercising is good in any form, that for sure, but what about improving your fitness level? One quote I love is that,
“To get where you’ve never been, you have to do what you’ve never done.”
So this means- you have to change it up and try something new! Trying something new, is how I found my current passion: cycling; particularly duathlon races.
My own personal story about challenging myself:
I am by no means a natural runner or endurance athlete. I have, however, played sports that involved running my entire life. Of course, they also involved a stick, ball, hoop, or goal. Now that kind of coordination is what I was made for. Running for miles? Biking for miles? Not so much. I played team sports from the time I was very young and throughout high school.
After high school, I went on to play field hockey at a Division II college in my home state of Pennsylvania. These years were the best times of my life! When it was over I was at a loss…everything was different now. No scheduled workouts, no team lifting sessions…everything was on my own. This was a hard transition for me. I found myself lost and unmotivated, because I had no goal.
I got to the point where I needed that something to work for. My boyfriend who I had been dating for almost a year at the time had always been very into running and cycling. He had 2 bikes (road and triathlon bike), an indoor trainer, and trained that way for the entire time I knew him. He had even done a few duathlons (run, bike, run) the summer before we met. That summer after field hockey ended his Dad got a new road bike, meaning there was an extra bike for me to be able to try riding. It was love at first ride! By the end of the summer I signed up for my first duathlon last October and I was absolutely hooked! The biking was really fun for me and the rush of the wind in your face was totally addicting. The running part was hard for me- yes, but this was a new challenge! One I really needed to motivate me and keep me interested. Running that type of distance in one race was something I never thought I would be able to do before- and then there I was finishing AND winning my age group! This spring I’ve already participated in two more races- and I’m already looking for more to do!
I started blogging this spring to connect with others and hopefully shed light on my passion. I hope that this inspires others to try something new and challenge themselves, whatever it may be! Come tell me what inspires YOU to move!
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