Hi Everyone! Ada Wong, here. I know I’ve been pretty quiet these past few years and I guess you could say life has kept me busy! Anyway, I’m ready to head back to the finish line and thought reconnecting with this amazing community would be a great place to start!
From Ragnar to IronMan
So what have I been up to? Well, right around the time I was running Ragnar with the team, I was also in the middle of training for an Ironman which the at the time, had no idea how I was going to pull that off! The thing about me is that I’m pretty impulsive. I always sign up to do things on a whim and tell myself I’ll figure it out as I go along. I know that doesn’t always sound like the right approach but for me, it’s worked out more often than not. Impulse gives me courage so without it, I would be too afraid to accomplish anything. My friends (lovingly) call me a scaredy cat, and I don’t disagree.
Anyway, fast forward to the Ironman…I did it, yay! And from that point on, my running came to a screeching halt. It started as, “oh, I just finished an Ironman and I need a recover to… there aren’t any races in my near future so, why run?” When I finally decided to go on a fun run, I found it to be 100X more difficult than I remembered. I was back at square one again and stayed there for a very long time.
A few months ago my friends asked if I wanted to run the Chicago Marathon, so naturally, I said yes without giving it much thought. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicago Marathon is a lottery and you first have to sign up to see if you get selected. I was secretly hoping I wouldn’t.
When I received the notification several months later, I didn’t have to read past the first word. It said, congratulations! I decided it was a sign that I should jump back into running. I remember loving the sport and I want to feel that joy again. So here I am again, at square one, taking it one mile at a time.
Follow My Marathon Journey
I’ll be chronicling my journey back to the finish line and I hope you’ll join me! And if any of you out there are looking for a little impulse in your life, I will happily volunteer to give you a little nudge. We can do this together!
I look forward to connecting with all you. Talk soon!
Ada Wong was an original FFTFL Team member Runner#4. Learn more about her original journey and being on The Biggest Loser.