Marcia Miars, of Charlotte, lost her husband in an accident earlier this year. The 33-year-old mother of four young children turned to exercise as a way of dealing with her grief.
“I exercise for my sanity. I exercise to feel good about myself. I exercise to process my grief,” she said. “Going to the gym is like my therapy.”
The lifelong runner has actively competed in everything from 5Ks to marathons. After the accident, the community came together to raise money to purchase a membership for her at AL!VE, an experience-based destination health park located in Charlotte. She now has a passion for CrossFit, too.
“The CrossFit culture is one of empowerment and encouragement. It is really amazing how much I have learned in such a short time. I go to CrossFit four to five times a week and run five to six days a week.”
She doesn’t follow a strict diet but uses common sense.
“I try and eat a very balanced diet, making sure I am getting enough fruits, veggies, protein, and fats,” she said. “My goal is to eat until satisfied and not overeat.”
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She said she wants to gain strength to keep up with the CrossFit veterans in her class, but her top goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
“My husband shared this goal and I would love to be able to run that race in his honor and sprinkle some of his ashes along the course,” she said.
Her advice to others: “Tomorrow isn’t promised so make today something you can be proud of,” she said. “Fitness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start small, go for a minute walk each day and work your way up. Being active is so important to our health, especially in a society that is becoming increasingly more sedentary. Make the time and I promise it will be worth it.”