Meet Gwen. Gwen was kind enough to share her fitness journey with us as one of our Featured Members. Gwen said, "My fitness change started with a New Year’s Resolution in January 2010 to become active. I have a family history of heart disease, and I had been sedentary for several years. I wanted to improve my cardio health and increase my energy level."
To begin her journey, Gwen started running. "My running journey started with the completion of my first 5k in May 2010. I was so excited I was able to finish without walking that I started to challenge myself with a race every month, gradually selecting longer distance races. I completed my first marathon, the Twin City Marathon, in October 2011. I found I enjoyed running longer distances."
To keep on this track and do her part to defeat heart disease, Gwen created these three goals for herself:
We know that staying motivated to do the training necessary to run can be a challenge. Gwen said she overcame this by signing up and completing a race every month as well as taking advantage of various DAHLC offerings. She noted swimming lessons, strength training, Pilates and utilizing the track were important in keeping her in shape and active throughout the months.
If you are looking to get healthier, Gwen shared these words of encouragement:
Gwen ended by sharing this with us, "Six years ago I don’t think I could have imagined where I am today. The future looks bright because my fitness program has improved my overall physical and emotional health. I look forward to many more miles and smiles with the Rochester running community and fellow DAHLC members, as I continue toward my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon in all 50 states."
We wish you all the best, Gwen! You have thousands of DAHLC members & staff cheering you on. You should be very proud of yourself!