So, about 6 years ago I was in pretty bad shape. 40 pounds overweight, smoker, and overall unhealthy. I decided to start eating better and exercising (pilates and a cheap stairclimber) to lose the weight. After a few months, I got bored with my workouts and joined a small local gym. Once I quit smoking I was able to do a lot more cardio (DUH!!) and began running. I started racing a few years ago. I'm not that fast, but that doesn't stop me from trying!