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Speak Up: What's Your Proudest Moment?

Speak Up: What's Your Proudest Moment?

Recently when I was writing about Matt Damon and his triathlon, I reminisced about my own completion of a triathlon — though I did the whole thing on my own! I'm very proud of a lot of my fitness accomplishments, the triathlon being among my proudest moments, but I would have to say that my favorite achievement was just simply becoming a runner.

Years ago, I refused to run. I despised it because my endurance was not up to par and I could only run a few minutes before getting totally winded and I just hated it. After much practice and patience, I am now able to run miles on end and it feels great. Have you had a proud fitness moment? It could be as big as completing a marathon or something small such as joining a gym. Speak up and share your proudest health and/or fitness moment and maybe you'll motivate someone to reach their goal, too!


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True-Song True-Song 8 years
Like so many others, running my first 5k! I also hated running. I did the couch-to-5k program and I was dying the first day, even though I only had to run for 60 seconds.
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
Um crazylovevbug... I'm pretty sure that is the most precious story I have EVER heard.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
Ha this brings back memories! When I was in fourth grade, one of our coaches in PE asked all of us who thought we couldn't run one lap without stopping to raise our hand. I was one of the people. He told people to put their hand down until finally I was the last one raising their hand. He explained to me that if I could run one lap around the entire school without stopping, everyone else wouldn't have to run two laps like we usually did the next time we had PE which was a week from that day. I got up, started running, and EVERYONE in the class cheered for me. I ended up completing it and have been a lover of running ever since! (sorry this post is so long!)
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
My proudest moment was overcoming the eating disorder that I battled with for 4 years. I spent each day of those four years in complete agony, believing that I'd be like that for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that has become my past!
seven7 seven7 8 years
I grew up hiking, and so I don't really have any proudest moments, but I am very inspired by how you described you despised running, Fit...because I'm there. I've been exercising on my treadmill. It's been a few months, and I still hate it so much. Sometimes I can push myself to do 30 mins, a few months ago I used to be able to do 45, when I first started, for some reason I just can't bring myself to do 45 anymore, and even 30 is difficult. So it's inspiring to read, that it might eventually get better if I keep with it.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Climbing Half Dome! It was definitely the hardest thing I'd ever done at the time, both physically and psychologically, and it started a trend of choosing one ridiculous fitness-related task to accomplish every year. (I'm currently seeking one for 2009; any suggestions?)
syako syako 8 years
urban those are some great achievements! Keep up the good work!!! I was the same way about Pilates class, I was such a skeptic, but I took it and LOVED it and have been doing it for almost a year and a half now!!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
I have a few... I would say hiking Piestewa Peak's Summit trail without even realizing it was the summit trail and being able to hike it with such ease. Being a pretty consistent gym member for 2 years now. I just had my 2 year anniversary!! This is something I would never do or be able to do. I hated exercising 2 years ago. And now? Now I love it and I miss it when I don't go... well not always. :) Taking up Spin Class (the most feared class in the gym). I'm now addicted and I've been going at least once a week since the beginning of the year. This is gonna sound silly, but I was terrified to run on the treadmill, I would walk, but never run. I have been running on the treadmill for the past few months and now love it! I think its amazing how people can evolve!
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
setting my University's record in the pole vault. 3 times in one week.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I've finally made healthy eating and exercising a part of my life. I get on the elliptical at least 5 days a week, I never eat fast food, and I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. This is a HUGE change for me! I've lost 27 pounds, and I only have 14 more to go. It may not be a marathon, but it's felt like it for me! I feel better than ever!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Running my entire first 5k
Baluk Baluk 8 years
I was always athletic, but hated running! It took me many years and many failed tries to finally enjoy it! To keep me motivated I entered some 5k's, a 24 hour relay (in which you run a 2k loop every 5-6 hours depending on how many team members there are), but the event I was most proud of was a duathlon (a triathlon minus swimming). I had to run a 4k, bike 30 k (15 uphill), then run another 4 k. It was the most I'd ever run! My goal was not to walk! I completed the course and achieved my goal!
syako syako 8 years
Fit, that's a great one about becoming a runner, and I agree I'm very proud of that for myself too! But I have to say I'm proudest when I push myself to go farther when I feel like I'm up against the wall. This happens a lot when I go hiking in the Rockies. We'll go out on a long and tough trail, and when I feel like I can't go any more, I find that second wind and keep going until the very end. There's nothing better feeling than that! I have one more, last one I promise, the first time I went mountain biking was so thrilling! I remember coming down a steep hill with tons of rocks and boulders, and just doing it and not letting my fear of falling stop me! :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Mine was becoming a runner too. It always makes me feel really proud of myself when I do a long run.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I did my first 5k last October, but wasn't able to run the entire thing. When my sister-in-law invited me to run with her on Thanksgiving morning, I stepped up my training and focused my goal not on time, but on running the whole thing. I did it!
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
I just ran my first 5K on Saturday, less than 17 months after breaking my back. I didn't do as well as I wanted to, but considering the fact that at one point I could barely make it around the block using a walker, I feel pretty good about that. I'm running another 5K in a week & I hope to do better.
Widgit Widgit 8 years
Completing my Group Centergy Instructor certification last year. I never believed I could do anything athletic very well, but I proved myself wrong. Certification was the most challenging and rewarding physical accomplishment I've ever achieved.
Calekey Calekey 8 years
This is going to be stupidest one, but it's my 'proudest' time... A week or two ago, with a cold and ankle/leg problems, shaved 10 seconds off my mile, an already slow 11:14 to a 11:04.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I've summitted Mt. Rainier twice! Once in my senior year of college, and then again nine years later.
redpapaya redpapaya 8 years
Losing 60 lbs. It took me a yr and a few months, but I did it. Not only did I fit into many "goal" outfits, but now they're too big! :D
MSL83 MSL83 8 years
This past weekend, I completed my third half-marathon race. I wasn't feeling 100% with a few injuries but completely rocked it. I ran the same race last year, but improved my time by 40 minutes. I was completely proud of my 2:01:16!!!
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Just starting to run. Never thought I could and now I really like it. I just ran in a 5k and it was great!
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Becoming a runner with my fiance - we were both too out of shape to run more than a couple blocks a month or so ago, and now we're running every night (or trying to, at least!) and going farther and farther each time!
kia kia 8 years
I think my proudest moments have been coming off of long backpacking stints. A few weeks in the wilderness. I live for that stuff.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Mine was running my very first 5K. I had never done a race before and I was a newbie runner. It paved the way for me to run more races later on.
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