Morgan Jaldon is an avid marathon runner who was born, raised, and is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She shares her personal story of triumph and top tips for committing to a training plan that lasts the distance.
My alarm goes off at 4:00am every morning. But it hasn’t always been this way.
I started taking my fitness seriously in 2013. I was at a point in my life where I was really unhappy with myself, was disappointed with my body image, was getting out of a bad relationship and needed to learn how to fall in love with myself.
It’s true what they say about the “Freshman 15.” I found myself scavenging for food in college. I ate cup noodles soup, ordered Chinese take out, lots of Starbucks frappachinos, chili fries, ice cream, you name it. Whatever was around to eat, I ate it. I was at my heaviest during my third or fourth year in college (2011–2012-ish). I went shopping with my roommate one summer and wanted to buy a pair of shorts.
We were at Nordstrom and I picked some of the ones I liked. At the time I thought I was a size 5, but no. Reality set in and I was a size 13.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that we all come in different shapes and sizes. There’s nothing wrong with being a size 13, but I, myself, wasn’t happy with that.
I think that was the big turning point.
There was a gym at my school, so I would go after my 8 a.m. class and run for ten minutes because honestly, that was all I could give at the time. Running was hard to me. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t like my body image more. I did casual running for a bit, but wasn’t seeing results I wanted.
I started to take my running and training seriously and I never looked back. I can honestly say that I am now genuinely happy with myself, my boyfriend, career, supportive friends and family, and life itself.
It’s the first thing I look forward to when I wake up. When my alarm goes off like, I’m like “Morgan, you set this alarm for a reason.” I like that. My long term goals are my own inspiration because I know there’s nothing I can’t do as long as I set my mind to it and put in the work.
It builds a lot of stamina and determination, which is something others lack. I barely know anyone else waking up at 5am on a Sunday to run ten miles. I do this for my health. I do it because I don’t hate my body, I love it.
My body is my only home and I love to take care of it. I mean, I’m going to be living in it for a few more decades!
Three tips for sticking to a training plan.
Tell people. I can’t emphasise how important it is to just tell people by posting it on Facebook, Instagram, telling your coworkers, friends, family. Do what you say you’ll do.
Rest. Listen to your body. There’s days where I work out twice a day or days where I run 14 miles then there’s days where I completely do nothing but catch up on my TV shows or movies. Rest is key to great training!
Eat. Please don’t forget to eat. You don’t have to starve, just control what goes in your body. It’s always about balance. I eat clean 6 times a week but enjoy pizza on the 7th day!
What you’ll get from a long term training plan.
Discipline. I will always remember my first time seriously training and how challenging it was. Now, it’s easy to stick to meal plans and training schedules!
Motivation. I post most of my workouts on my Instagram account. I do it to keep myself motivated but noticed it kept others motivated too.
Happiness. You will be amazed at what your body can do and how much it can change just by sticking to your training. It literally took me from a unhappy state to an infectious happiness. Someone once told me that I “wear my happiness well.” You wear your results!
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