Girls on the Run
By Monica Alegría Frazier
Girls on the Run® is an international organization which educates and empowers girls at an early age in order to promote healthy lifestyles in the future. The program is 12 weeks of training for girls age eight to thirteen and culminates with a 3.1 mile run, commonly known as a 5K.
I chose to run in the Girls on the Run® Nashville 5K on May 1, 2010. I chose to run in this 5K because of the wonderful organization and the powerful message that it sends to young girls. Growing up, I was always overweight and I was not active. However, over the past year, I have completely changed my life and am no longer overweight.
Last summer, I realized that I needed to change my lifestyle if I wanted to live a long life. I weighed 260 lbs and I realized that I was not only overweight, but I was obese according to the BMI charts. I began working out for an hour per day, 6 days per week. I also monitored my calorie intake and watched my portions, using a food journal online to help guide me. As a way to encourage myself when the scale wasn’t budging, I took body measurements and noticed major changes there. I discovered that I really enjoy many forms of exercise: Tae Bo, hiking, weight lifting, elliptical machines, biking, and running. I never thought that I would like any of these activities, but now I can’t seem to get enough.
I have maintained my exercise schedule and food journaling, and as a result since July of 2009, I have lost 75 lbs and 40 inches overall. I feel so much better and felt like I was in good enough shape to train for a race. That is where Girls on the Run® comes into the picture. I trained for this 5K for 5 weeks and eagerly anticipated race day. However, Mother Nature stepped in and brought severe thunderstorms to the Nashville area and ultimately canceled the race. I was disappointed, to say the least, but I will continue running 3-4 times per week and am looking for another 5K in the area.
--Monica Alegría Frazier
el Intérprete, julio-agosto, 2010