Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Fight

As many of you know, I'm a boxer. Or, well, I used to box (yikes!)...I don't really like the sound of that: used to.

Boxing is actually what kicked off my healthy lifestyle. Long story short: I wanted something that would be fun (hate to break it to you but running is NOT fun for a busty woman who had 80lbs to lose...shocking, I know!). I tried boxing and fell in love with it. I was boxing for about 1 1/2 years but recently put it on hold so I could properly train for the Chicago Marathon in October.

I just couldn't give both the time and dedication they deserved. It was hard to let go and I miss it dearly. I miss the jabs, hooks, upper cuts. I miss the whack-whack-whack of the speed bags. I miss the whistle and snap of the jump ropes. I miss wrapping my hands in those disgusting and worn, bright yellow wraps. I miss the spring in the ring. I even miss that old gym bag smell of my boxing gym.

I miss everything about boxing.

I watched the Mayweather v Mosley fight last month and decided right then and there: ok, after Chicago, I'm going back to the sport. I know what this means. This means I'm putting the racing days on hold. Well, not on hold, just at a limit. Maybe 1 or 2 a year, not 5 or 6.

I was looking at my poster this weekend (this is hanging in my laundry room)

That, my friends, is The Greatest, The Champ, the one and only Muhammad Ali and the quote is his. It reads:

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

I love this quote. I was thinking about this all weekend...

The fight, my fight, my battle, whatever it may be at the moment, is won or lost on my own doings. If I don't try, if I don't give it my all, it's lost on my own. If I prepare, if I try, if I work at it, then I've won on my own. It has nothing to do with the actual fight and everything to do with how I've prepared.

It's a great reminder and very well spoken. I get back what I've put in behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.


  1. These are such great words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing and good luck getting back into the swing of things. (Pun intended) :)

  2. That's such an amazing quote. I may have to put it up somewhere! How did you originally get into boxing? Did you just go to a boxing gym?

  3. great quote, thanks for sharing!

  4. I think that's a great idea. Maybe do one year racing one year boxing? Or just do shorter races, you can DEFINITELY stay in half-marathon shape and keep up the boxing :D

  5. Finally! Another lass who does boxing! I'm not alone aha! xxxx

  6. where did you get that exact poster I have been looking for that exact poster?


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