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How I Got Back into Fitness (and How You Can, Too!)

Written on January 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm , by

Jenna celebrates her awesome finish at this year's Nautica Triathlon.

Jenna celebrates her awesome finish at the 2011 NYC Nautica Triathlon.

A few years ago, I had my very own “I did it!” moment. I had just moved into the city straight out of college and got wrapped up with all the amazing things there are to do and see in the Big Apple, all while completely putting my health on the backburner. As a kid, I played every sport—lacrosse, volleyball, and running cross-country—but really fell in love with martial arts. Ten years into training, I regretfully decided to call it quits and focus on my schooling. (Getting your black belt takes a lot of dedication!)

In college, I got back into exercising and learning my way around the gym, but only started taking fitness seriously when I hit that slump after moving out on my own. When I say I put my health on the backburner, I promise you I was doing everything wrong—I was getting no sleep, had little energy, and wasn’t caring about what I was eating. I missed the once fit girl that I knew I was. So I woke up one morning, went online, and signed up for my very first Olympic-distance triathlon (if I’m going to do something, I’m doing it big!). Less than a year later I completed that race—and then two more and three half-marathons. I’ve got my sights on the NYC ING Marathon at the end of the year and my soon-to-be hubby and I plan on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for our first anniversary in 2012.

Are you ready to commit to your own fitness adventure? Today marks day one of our half-marathon training program! Follow along with our two running bloggers, Marla and Susan, as they test out our FITNESS plan—join them by downloading your own schedule and hitting the road today. Good luck and stay warm out there!