My story starts in January 2017. I was unhappy with the person I had become. Work ran my life, I was often stressed, and as a way to deal with it all, I turned to smoking. By January I had been smoking for over a year, and I had gained a lot of weight. I weighed 150 lbs, and it was all fat. I became fed up and said I was going to lose weight and quit smoking in 2017. This was a great start to the year right? Wrong. I was all talk. It wasn’t until April that I actually made the change I needed and it’s all thanks to Facebook.

I was planning a trip to Seattle with my amazing boyfriend, Kris. (You can follow his fitness blog FindingQuixotic.com) And decided it would be a good time to quit smoking. So I clicked a Facebook ad for the South Dakota Quit Line, and even though I didn’t use their program, it was a first real push toward a healthy life. My next big push came from a BuzzFeed Video about a girl who ran a marathon with 10 weeks to train. I knew it would take me longer than 10 weeks, but I wanted to do what she did. I decided I would wait until we got back from our trip to start.

So thats what I did.

My first run was brutal. I couldn’t breathe I had to walk so much, and it was only a mile. It took me 15 minutes, and I was still so proud of myself. Every day I would run, and every day I would run a little more. By July I could run a mile at 8:54/Mi.

My mileage increased I ran some races and fell every time, but I always finished. Trail running was my favorite but anytime I could get out and go I was happy.

After seeing my weight loss and feeling so accomplished I knew it was time to start training for my real goal. Run a Marathon.

I decided I wanted to pay tribute to the person I had become and say goodbye to the person I was. The best way to do this? Run a marathon on my 25th birthday. For 24 years I lived with the idea that I wasn’t good enough. As a child and into my adult life I battled with depression and anxiety. Running became my outlet, and with it, I am going to celebrate my new life.

July 23, 2017, I started training for the biggest challenge of my life. On November 23, 2017, I will turn 25. On November 25, 2017, I will run the Seattle Ghost Marathon. Follow me as I turn 25 going on 26.2.

Follow me here:

Instagram – @anne.orban 

Twitter – @anne_orban


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