Before I started my journey, I lived a sedentary life and have been overweight/obese my entire life. I played video games during most of my free time, ate poorly, and was generally physically inactive.
On January 14, 2015, I started by changing my eating habits such as reducing the consumption of unhealthy foods and lowering my caloric intake. I slowly added physical activities to my life including walking, hiking, rowing, and strength training. I made some great progress on weight loss.
During June 2015, on Facebook, one of my high school friends marked interested the FroYo 5K while an university classmate marked “going” to the event. I thought this would be a great way to celebrate the progress in my journey so far and signed up. Having never been interested in running and my longest run was 1 mile back in middle school for a fitness assessment many years ago, I was far from being ready to run the entire 5K.
Since summers are mildly hot in Sacramento, I started training in the late evening and early morning. In the beginning, I was only able to run a block or two, but I was able to increase my distance to around 3.5 miles by mid-August in time for the FroYo 5K. I had a great racing experience for FroYo 5K and continued running.