A Run in my Shoes


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The Past Season:

My background has always been about physical activity.  I started dance at the age of 3 and continued with dance even into my adult years. I later started a performing dance studio, producing numerous dance productions.  I was hired by a variety of organizations to audition dancers for different ballet and musical type productions.

A New Season in my life:

I was home one day washing dishes and saw on TV an 80 year old man running across the finish line of a marathon.  Literally I stopped what I was doing and watched him.

It was at that moment I decided, hey I want to be like that when I’m 80. Running or biking or just being physically active somehow and not sitting in a rocker waiting for “my day”.

Currently, I am a personal trainer, avid runner, cyclist and now I can add swimmer to the list.  Of course nutrition is a big deal for me now with all the activities I do.

My passion is people and helping to achieve a goal they never thought they could reach.

I personally feel it is so important to just get up and move everyday.

Running was something I ignored, I did not like running, especially being outdoors.  Growing up dance was my passion.  In junior high I had to sign up for a “P.E.” class so I chose gymnastics, since it was indoors, and did continue through high school.

How I started running?  For 5 years I had been attending an athletic conditioning class 4 days a week.  This class was so hard! Toward the end of class they would run competitive lines against 1 other person.  I was not a runner much less had I ever raced somebody. Being competitive was the last thing on my mind.

I literally put my shoes on and started just running a few miles two days a week. Because I wanted to run as well as the other people in my class.

My friend knew I started running and asked me to run a marathon with her. I told her no way, I am not interested.

Well,  2 – marathons, 8 – half marathons, 2 – 203 mile relays, 2 muddy buddy events and Several 5k’s, 10k’s and 20K’s later, I’m hooked!

What’s next?  Triathlon maybe.  I guess I maybe doing one in the Fall.

I learned that to keep the amount of exercise that I was doing 4 days a week required me to set some sort of future goals to keep me moving forward in my training, or I was afraid I would start losing interest in working out.  Just setting a future goal of running a marathon triggered many other races down the road.  If I did not set goals of running in races I knew I would slow down on physical activity.  Currently I have a 20k in September, 2 half marathons in October and 1 full marathon setup for April 2012.  If you have just 1 friend that will exercise with you, that can make all the difference in your success!

Tammy Shadden

Performance Personal Training


Eat what is good and the soul will delight  Isaiah 55:2




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