My guest on the show today is a fellow participant in the 2020 Run the Year Challenge.
Along with running all the miles, she is also known for sharing random thoughts here and there.
I am looking forward to seeing what topics we cover as I go a few easy miles with Tammy Giberson.
Choosing a Different Path
Tammy Giberson has only been running for a few short years.
September of 2018 was when she made the decision to take up running.
Her decision was twofold.
Her only child had recently gotten married and moved out which led to Tammy wanting to take up a hobby to stay busy.
Tammy had also gained a significant amount of weight over the years while working as a chef.
A family history of heart disease was enough to push Tammy down a different path than she was currently headed down.
A Thanksgiving turkey trot 2 months later would be her first race.
Tammy crossed the finish line with a $20 pair of Wal-Mart shoes and a new sense of pride.
Over the past year and a half that Tammy has been running, her love for the sport has continued to grow.
In that time she has also found that a quality pair of running shoes are worth the cost.
One side effect that Tammy never expected was the ripple effects that her running would have on family and friends.
Tammy’s continued involvement in the sport has encouraged those around her to become more active as well.
Running has given Tammy back her health along with a renewed sense of purpose.
One common question that Tammy receives frequently is, “how much weight have you lost?”
Tammy is a firm believer that any and all progress should be celebrated.
Weight is just one small measure of success and there are many other ways to determine progress.
Run the Year
Tammy had been running for less than 6 months when she signed up for the challenge to run the year.
While searching for running books online, Tammy came across the book, “Run the Edge.”
The authors of Run the Edge are the same people that started the run the year challenge.
Tammy was immediately intrigued and signed up.
The challenge is about covering the distance over the course of 12 months regardless of how those miles happen.
Some people choose to only count running miles while others give themselves more specific and personal goals.
For 2019, Tammy wanted at least 25% of her miles to include intentional running while the other 75% could be walking.
Tammy far exceeded her original goal and therefor has upped her running percentage for the year 2020.
Along with participating in the run the year challenges, Tammy has also participated in team challenges as well.
Run the year is one of the many challenges available that allow teams to work together to achieve mileage.
Tammy has experienced many benefits from running with various groups.
She has found the groups to be motivational and she is able to push herself more than she ever thought possible.
Tammy has not only improved her running times but also her outlook as well.
Even in the era of social distancing, the groups are still providing accountability and encouragement from afar.
In 2017, Tammy had an accident that resulted in her getting a serious concussion.
The accident has had long term effects on her life including memory loss and balance.
Tammy has been unable to run on a treadmill or ride a bike since her accident occurred.
The effect on her memory is a common symptom of a concussion.
What surprised Tammy was the increase in random thoughts that popped into her mind post-accident.
Her random thoughts inspired her to start a blog detailing her musings on running and life.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Run the Edge
- Running the Edge: Discovering the Secrets to Better Running and a Better Life (Book)
- Makin’ Hay 10k
Stay connected with Tammy Giberson by checking out her Blog.
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