Having never liked long distance running, I decided to give myself a challenge. In 2011, I began running. I started with 2.5km working my way up to 5, 10, 15km and finally accomplishing my goal of a half marathon – 21km. This was no easy feat for me, as I honestly only ever did sprinting for running. With much hard work and determination, I was able to achieve my goal.
Training for a Spartan race was a new experience for me. I had been running long distances for a couple of years now, and I felt needed a new fitness goal. Having the obstacles mixed in to a 5km hilly race was MUCH more challenging! Training for an obstacle was definitely more diverse. Much more strength was needed. I felt a great sense of accomplishment in completing this goal. I learned so much about myself during the training and running of this race.
In 2014, I was watching a good friend of mine at her first powerlifting competition. I was so intrigued with the sport that I knew this was something I wanted for myself. I hired a personal trainer and it progressed from there. I competed in two powerlifting competitions in 2015, and I loved every minute of the competitions and the training for it. Training hard 4 days a week was humbling but competing was something I envisioned for myself so I never gave up.