Second in a series of my blogs dedicated to women that are fit and fabulous in their 40’s and beyond. I hope you enjoy learning about Tonya and all the awesome women I will be featuring
Today’s Featured 40+ Fit and Fabulous Woman is
Tonya from Tee_2_Run. fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador, cyclist and marathoner
RFYHP: What got you into “fitness”?
- Tonya: I got into cycling when I was very little. My dad took me on my first bike tour when I was in 5th grade. I tried cross-country as a freshman in HS but I didn’t like being yelled at for being slow. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter, and I realized my metabolism was no longer producing the desired results, then I took up running. In 2010, I spent my entire tax return on a treadmill with the goal of running a 5k and that’s where this all started.
How old were you when you started?
- Tonya: I’ve been a cyclist off and on for years but I only started running when I was 38.
What are you most proud of (achievement and/or moment)?
- Tonya: I rode my first century at age 38 and after 2 years of running, I ran my first full marathon, 3 months before my 40th birthday. I also just recently qualified for Half Fanatics. (RFYHP: sweet!)
Name a good thing about being an “older” active woman?
- Tonya: It’s fun when younger people ask about my training or when/where my next race is. I love being an inspiration to others.
- I just had a 26-year-old coworker tell me that he thinks my 26.2 magnet on my car is badass and now he wants to earn one next year too. (RFYHP: totally badass)
- On the other hand, my older friends wonder if they can do it too. In 2010, I talked my best friend since 9th grade into running a 5K with me (after never running in her life) and last weekend I watched her finish her first half marathon. She will be 40 in January! You’re never to old to discover what you are capable of achieving. (RFYHP: so true!)
Give a great piece of advice that you have learned that younger women can benefit from?
- Tonya: You don’t have to be the thinnest or fastest girl to start racing. You don’t have to “look” like a runner. I certainly don’t. You just have to want it and go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible. I saw a quote today from a Paul Bryant song that goes, “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit. There’s footprints on the moon.” Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. Life’s too short to wonder “what if…?” (RFYHP: love it!)
Want to learn more about Tonya? Visit her blog here Tee_2_Run and on Twitter @Tee_2_Run