Meet Allie. This girl is going places! She is a hybrid athlete now, but started running initially simply because she thought it would make her skinny. She has struggled with yo-yo dieting in the past, but now has balance. No more restrictive dieting and binge eating. This girl is strong, beautiful, and she’s got a sense of humor which I love. Check her website out here.
Client Testimonials: Featuring Allie Echeverria
Allie has been running and going to the gym for years, but she was never concerned about her health. She would call her previous self an exercise junkie more than anything else. She gained and lost 20 lbs three times, and would swing between an all or nothing approach. She either ate diet food or she ate everything in sight. She ran a lot and raced most weekends, but her pre-race dinner was usually buffalo wings and vodka. Basically, she was in her early 20s and did whatever the heck she wanted and was still pretty fast and skinny, so she thought she was good. At 26, she had completely stopped exercising, was her heaviest weight, and felt like garbage. CrossFit changed her life and she started to care about her performance and long-term health.
We asked Allie what keeps her motivated to keep training, even on the hard days:
It’s been really hard to find motivation to run since I started CrossFit. I just want to lift heavy things with my friends. But I had signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon and I knew I needed to get some mileage in. My favorite thing about CrossFit is the community, so I found a local running group. I just joined the Chattahoochee River Runners but the group seems really awesome and now I look forward to early Saturday morning long runs.
We asked Allie what she has learned about herself through running:
Running has taught me about my mental fortitude. I’ve run four 50Ks, one 50 miler, and three marathons. There were so many times when I just wanted to walk off the course, but I showed myself that I am capable of accomplishing some pretty impressive things if I put my mind to it. It helps me to focus on completing shorter distances within the run and setting benchmarks. I’ve seen this carry over into other aspects of my life. Sometimes work is overwhelming or a personal relationship is struggling, and I remind myself to put one foot in front of the other and not give up. Small actions add up and the big picture becomes manageable.
How has working with Jenna improved your health?
Working with Jenna has been the best investment I have made in my health! I developed some poor eating habits from years of restrictive dieting and binge eating. I was scared to eat carbs and didn’t properly fuel my active lifestyle. I couldn’t figure out why I kept gaining weight even though I worked out 6 days a week. Jenna gave me structure and taught me to trust the process. I now have such a better understanding of macro-nutrients and how to experiment with foods to meet my body’s needs.
Is there anything additional that you would like to share?
The best health advice I’ve received is to box it in. If you have a sub-par run, reflect on what happened but then move on. If you overeat or consume a lot of junk food, acknowledge that you enjoyed it but don’t let those actions carry throughout the day or week. I tend to dwell on my missteps, but consistency is key. Skipping one workout or having a cruddy run won’t ruin your overall fitness. One trip to the fast food drive through won’t bomb your nutrition. Just box it in.
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring health journey with us Allie. We absolutely love your grind, dedication, and never give up spirit. You embody so many of the things that we also love about running. Thanks again for sharing, we know that others will be inspired from your experiences and drive.