This year was the first full year in my 20 years of running that I actually had a plan for my nutrition. I didn’t eat poorly before, just inconsistently. I had no real way of knowing if I was getting the right percentage (or quality) of healthy fats, carbs and protein into my diet. I’ve never had any real interest in counting calories or spending lots of time and money making 3 healthy meals a day.
When I started on Isagenix 18 months ago, I suddenly (without realizing it at first) had a super affordable ($3 per meal), insanely healthy and super, super easy (just add water) way to fuel my body with everything it needs to perform at an optimal level. I will never be an olympic caliber runner but I am finally beginning to realize my true athletic potential at the age of 44.
While the pinnacle of the year (and my running career) has to be my completion of the Leadville Trail 100 in August, some other major personal accomplishments have happened in the last several weeks that provide further credibility to my theory that the right nutrition can change everything. In my 20th consecutive running of the Philadelphia Distance Run (now called the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon) in October, I PR’ed with a time of 1 hour and 27 minutes. At the age of 43, I ran the fastest I had run in 20 previous attempts. Faster than my 35, 30 and 25 year-old selves. That is really not supposed to happen. I’m honestly not sure if that has ever happened to anyone else. Hard to put into words how extremely unusual that is. I placed 300th out of 14,000 runners. It was hard work but I am now able to put forth less effort to run my old pace or I can put forth more effort and run much faster. A 6:40 pace for 13.1 miles is, quite honestly, something I didn’t think I was capable of.
Then, the very next weekend, I flew out to Wisconsin to compete in the Madison Marathon on Nov. 8. In the back of my mind, I knew that it was possible that I could qualify for the Boston Marathon if I had a great day in Madison. Boston is the oldest and most prestigious marathon (mostly because you have to run fast enough at another marathon to qualify and then be accepted to Boston). I’ve never considered myself to be a super fast marathoner but I wasn’t slow either. I would almost always finish in the top 25% of the field and considered that “respectable”. Yet, in 42 successful marathon finishes, I had never run fast enough to qualify for Boston. Never! Based on my gender and age, I now need a 3:25 to qualify for Boston. 10 days ago, on that crisp, cool, brilliantly sunny day in Madison, I ran a 3:21 and finally, finally, qualified for that damn Boston Marathon!
It took me almost 20 years to do but I did it. The chances of that happening without this nutrition plan that I am so lucky to have found? Exactly zero…nada…non. It was crazy, surprising, emotional experience that I will never forget. It is absolutely incredible what the human body can do if it is fueled correctly. And the fact that I feel so much better all the time (no just when I’m running) is enough to want to tell absolutely everyone I know about it.
Though a big part of me wonders how much more I could have accomplished in running had I discovered Isagenix ten years ago, most of me is just happy that it didn’t happen 10 years from now instead. Running, to me, isn’t all about times. It’s about experiences and enjoyment, too. but it all comes together in the end. I would never have had the courage to sign up for the Leadville Trail 100 (let alone finish it) had I not felt so unbelievably healthy from the inside out. And when I am running up Heartbreak Hill at mile 20 of the Boston Marathon with a huge smile on my face, I will down an e-shot in recognition of what got me there…countless hours of training and the purest nutrition on the planet. Isagenix has enabled my body to accomplish what my mind has always dreamed about.