I am a certified goal junkie. When I set my mind to something, you can bet that I will follow through and get it done. Throughout college, my goal was graduating debt free and with honors. Now that I’ve achieved that goal, my sights are set on a different type of goal: seeing the country one 5k, triathlon, and marathon at a time!
How did this start?
Summer 2011 I came home from a semester “studying abroad domestically” in San Diego, California. In addition to interning at the Hotel del Coronado, I was also playing homemaker and cooked a few too many peanut butter pies and dishes of lasagna! I came home in May more than a couple pounds heavier than when I left! At the University of Missouri they like to call it the Mizzou 22 instead of the Freshmen 15, and I had gained the Mizzou 22 x 2 since starting school!
Inspired by a few rockstar women in my life who had seen exceptional success on their own programs, I joined Weight Watchers. Since beginning in May, I’ve lost almost 55lbs!
I also decided to start running. Having never been a runner, and really detesting even the idea of it, I decided to start small with a program called Couch to 5k. I struggled with Week 1 Day 1, but nine weeks after beginning, I graduated the program and ran my first 5k! After I crossed the finish line, I was already craving more! Read more about my early days here.
Why 50 States?
After I ran a 5k and did my first triathlon, I realized – this is really for me! However, fitness isn’t my only goal – I really would love to travel more! While I’d love to go abroad, I also know that there is so much here in the U.S. that I haven’t seen yet. One of the women I worked with this summer had done her own quest to see all 50 states and that really sparked my interest in seeing everything that my own country has to offer! I also figured that if I had to participate in some kind of race, that I would end up spending some quality time in each state – instead of just driving through!
Why the deadline?
What is a goal if you don’t have to have it done by a certain time?! I set my 25th birthday as my deadline because I think four years is plenty of time to have it done by! Also, I’d like to use 25-30 as my timeframe to see all seven (yes, seven!) continents!