Humans of Eastside Fitness – Margaret

For many years  I thought my daily bicycle commute to and from work, walking the dog in the morning, taking the stairs and a hot yoga class per week would suffice to keep fit.  But I was wrong,  I began feeling tired after work.   I felt I was in the body of a Hamster without the cheek pouches or little tail.   I noticed a change in my muscle tone and strength.  My cardio vascular output was ok, I could run a few laps around the track, but did not have the endurance to go longer distances.

About the same time there were many changes at work to adapt to.  I was not sleeping well.   I needed to strengthen my body so I could deal with everyday stresses, personal and professional.  It was Dec. 2012, I searched for a fitness facility close by to home and found one.  It was a 10 minute walk away and it had a variety of classes which interested me.  I purchased a package of classes, they also had a run club which met Tues. evenings, this I would eventually join Dec 2013.

The next few years, I attended a variety of classes with different specialties such as core, cardio, weight training, yoga, posture, ugi  ball, etc.  I joined the run club to work on cardiovascular and running form.  The classes and run club provided a balanced fitness program.   I began to feel my cardio and strength improve.  I was ready for a challenge.  In 2016, I signed up for the BMO Half Marathon  training .  It was great fun training with a group and our  awesome coach Juan who kept us on track.  During, the BMO training schedule, I started an intense pastry training program which covered a range of pastries ( cakes, tarts, cookies, etc.) .  This provided me with a lot of pastry carbs for the training run/workouts over the weeks leading up to the day of the race.  I ran the race in May 2016 and surpassed  my goal.

My new fitness level has given me strength to deal with everyday life.  My most recent challenge : a new positon  I have taken on at work.

To this day, I fit in some outdoor activities, a weekly run and attend classes whenever I can.  I have made new friends and also have rekindled old friendships through my pursuit of a balanced fitness routine!  I cherish the ability to do many activities right in my own community.

Humans of Eastside Fitness is inspired by the interesting and popular – Humans of New York series. We aim to document the diverse and dedicated community who workout and hang out at Eastside Fitness. 


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