Fearless Amy and the fitness expo

On Saturday, I joined Anne Munkwitz and Rochelle Van Hart for the Salus Corporate Treadmill challenge, a challenge to run or walk around Wisconsin (held at the RACC Multisport Expo). I saw the tweets and Facebook posts about this challenge and was intrigued but also a bit scared. Anne and Rochelle signed up to run on a treadmill for 2 hours straight. No potty breaks, no stopping to catch your breath… running, on a treadmill, for two freaking hours. I asked Anne for a li’l more info Friday and decided, what the hell. I contacted the organizer and booked a spot next to the other FitMilwaukee gals.

I know what you’re thinking – surely Amy didn’t run on a treadmill for two hours!!!

And you’re right, I didn’t.

Run that is.

I think God made me without certain “fear” receptors in the brain. Sometimes, I just don’t think about things before I do them. I am a li’l fearless like that. I’ve done some stupid things in my life (no comments from the peanut gallery) and I’ve embarrassed myself more times than I’d care to admit. But that’s never stopped me from doing something stupid, or in this case, friggin’ awesome.

Looking back, I’m a little mortified at what I did on Saturday.

  1. I am fat.
  2. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo.
  3. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill.
  4. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours.
  5. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours, walking a total of 5.6 miles.

What was I thinking? Seriously, what WAS I THINKING? I was on a treadmill facing the expo (thank God they couldn’t see my fat butt) with people walking past me for two hours, seeing me, all 267 pounds of me, walking on a treadmill. Shiz. Two hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS. AT A FITNESS EXPO.

Like I said, I can be a bit fearless at times.

It happens.

(photo by Anne Munkwitz)

If you follow my workouts on DailyMile, you know that I haven’t walked more than 2 miles since I started this whole thing. The fact that I walked 5.6 miles without a lot of training (and at a very consistent pace of 3.0-3.5 mph) is a huge deal. This alone is evidence to me that I have changed. Sure, there were a few times I wanted to stop, but then I looked to my left and saw Anne and Rochelle running away and I knew I couldn’t stop. In fact, at one point, I even contemplated running for a bit. Yeah, you read that right – I wanted to run. What is wrong with me?

It all seems so surreal… I still can’t believe I did that just 2 days ago.

Thanks to Anne and Rochelle for pushing me and inspiring me to do this. I seriously couldn’t do it without you.

And here’s a li’l video Mike Collins took of us near the end of the two hours (don’t I look hawt?).

0 Replies to “Fearless Amy and the fitness expo”

  1. I’m so proud of you! I think you and I are in the same boat in a lot of ways, and seeing you be fearless is a real motivator for me. So thank you!

  2. Way to go! Remember this moment: how your persevered, pushed when you wanted to stop, and how great you felt afterward. It will get you through some other challenging moments in the future. Be SUPER proud of yourself!!

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