Certified Health Education Specialist, College Health
Professor, Licensed Zumba Instructor, Certified PiYo Instructor, Certified TurboKick Instructor
I started actually running at a women’s run clinic in March 2012. That first night I wasn’t able to go 60 seconds without feeling I was out of shape. I would walk for four minutes for every 45-60 seconds I would run. In April of that year I ran my first 5k. I had been through other 5ks over the years, but never ran the whole thing. I always walked and would sometimes sprint a few yards at a time. The following weekend I got a wild idea to train for my first half marathon. I registered for one in December to give me plenty of time. I actually signed up for two because I didn’t want to be one of those people who ran a half and then swore to never do it again. December came around and I ran my first half. I barely remember the race. I was in so much pain that I literally stopped when I got to the finish and I sat down. Then realized everyone around me was yelling for me to get up because I was still half a track from the actual finish line. I hobbled across the finish and found the nearest soft spot of grass I could find. It took everything I had to get up and I lay on that cool grass wondering what in the world I was thinking when I registered for two of these crazy things. My husband carried me on his back to dinner that night because I hurt so terribly. I hurt for days. By March of the next year (2013) I was running my fourth half marathon and eating real food every three miles. Real food as in I had to take actual food with me. I had tried so many gels, beans, wafers, etc. and all of them just made me nauseated and more tired after about 15 minutes. I was tired of carrying a heavy pack loaded with carbs around with me. I was also tired of being so exhausted and sore. I had about decided this distance running wasn’t going to be for me.
Then, one day at a local running store, I picked up my first pack of VESPA, along with a variety of other products. When I got to the counter, I actually gave the VESPA back and told the cashier I changed my mind. I went on to explain how I am struggling to find what works for me and thought about this, but really kind of uncomfortable with it. I still remember what he said to me, “I am sorry to hear that. I think you’ll regret it.” I told him okay, I would give it a shot. And I am so glad I did because I have never looked back. I started with VESPA just because I loved how I wasn’t sore the day after a race. I then realized that I wasn’t needing to eat every three miles, and would just take in some extra energy around mile 7 of a half. I also started to notice that not only was I never sore, but I wasn’t ever sick to my stomach on my runs either. I even was able to train without taking any carbs in while running.
Learning more and beginning to apply the science of OFM, along with the VESPA products has changed my whole running experience, as well as my body. I have now ran a total of 19 half marathons, I have two more this year and am training for my first marathon that will be at the end of the year. I can go up to 16 miles without taking anything extra other than my normal breakfast, a CV-25 and a Junior. I can do all my training runs of up to 10 miles without taking any calories at all, including being able to skip breakfast. This is huge for me because usually I was so sick to my stomach that I couldn’t eat, yet I would be completely out of any energy to run either. VESPA really has transformed my running and my body. I have shaved 18 minutes off my PR for the half marathon distance. I have sat stagnant at the same weight and body fat percentage for years. I have not lost any weight at all, but have toned up a lot without much extra effort. I look forward to seeing what VESPA and the OFM lifestyle is going to do as it continues to change my endurance, my energy, and my body.