August 2, 2014

Summer and Runnin' With the LUNA Chix

How's everyone's summer been? Good? Good! I know it's been ages since my last post, but I've been super busy checking things off my summer bucket list that I haven't even turned on my computer in months! In fact I wasn't quite sure if I even wanted to continue gluten free blogging. As much as I love the GF community and all the news and excitement it brings, sitting down to craft a blog entry after a long day of sitting at a desk (for my full time job) has lost its luster and appeal to me. I try to keep up with all of the happenings on Twitter and Facebook, but sometimes it's too much and I just want to be Regular Betsy again who just happens to eat gluten free because of Celiac Disease.

I told you I wanted to incorporate more of my life into my blog and I really thought I was going to, but again, I was too busy living in the moment and not documenting those experiences to recap for ya. My bad?

Earlier this month, as my blog lay slowing dying, I received a very unexpected and much welcomed email from someone working with Team LUNA Chix offering me an opportunity I couldn't pass up. An opportunity I knew I would want to blog about. That opportunity? To be trained by a professional athlete for the LUNA sponsored The Magnificent Mile Women's Half Marathon & 5K!!

Now the email originally said "Chicago Women's Half Marathon" and I did a

Half Marathon? Yikes! I'm so not ready for that. When I clicked on the link and saw that it was also a 5K, I felt a lot better. I can do that. It would be hard, but I have done several 5K races in the past, and I could train and do it again.

I was thrilled when I was told "of course you can do the 5K!" I knew being coached by a pro athlete is not something that happens everyday. I never gave up on my "resolution" to find my fitness groove, but my workouts really haven't gotten beyond yoga and Leslie Sansone DVDs. This commitment to LUNA, my coach, and myself would kick my workout routine up several notches.

I'm one and a half weeks into my training and lemme tell ya, it hasn't been easy, but it feels great. I haven't been running in a long time. I used to love/hate it and then I didn't do it so it didn't matter. It was only recently that I have been thinking about how I would love to "get back into running". A couple weeks later, I got the sign in the form of that email that I knew the time was right.

The ladies and my coach at Team LUNA couldn't be nicer. Their support and encouragement has been a godsend. On one of my conference calls with them, I asked what I could do for them in return for everything they're doing for me. They said that their number one priority is to support me and make sure I'm taken care of and that they don't need anything in return (other than my participation). If I'd like to blog about it and share my experience, that's great and definitely appreciated, but not required.

I knew since I was so lucky to be chosen for this experience I couldn't keep quiet about it. I know there are so many people that are back at square one with their fitness routine/goals and have no idea where to start. I'm pretty much right there along with them and would love to share the advice of Team Luna Chix with them.

Over the course of the next month I'll be here to share my training experience, introduce you to my A-M-A-Z-I-N-G coach, and share fitness tips and healthy recipes as I prepare for Race Day!

Have you ever had a personal trainer or fitness coach? How do you prepare for athletic events?

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