Fierce Flyer Regina Faura: Celebrating 7 Years Of Sobriety
Regina Faura is one of our amazing teammates and Oiselle dealer reps, bringing #flystyle to the southeast US. Regina has such a positive demeanor and friendly smile, and a huge amount of grit as well. Thank you for sharing your story, Regina!
BY: REGINA FAURA
Today I can share that I am an alcoholic in recovery. I will celebrate 7 years of sobriety on July 5th. When I quit drinking in 2010, I was 60lbs overweight from the alcohol and eating like crap. I had my come-to-Jesus moment when I had my third DUI, my second in two months time, and spent 14 days in jail. If that doesn't turn you around, you have serious issues. I was on the verge of killing myself, could have possibly killed someone, drinking and driving (which I did a lot) and hurting my family. I looked in the mirror after getting home and said, ok you need to do something with yourself.
I couldn't drive because I lost my license for 16 months. I downloaded the C25k (Couch to 5K) app onto my phone and started in my neighborhood in Alabama. Eventually I had to add on the next neighborhood across the street because I was going further. I registered to run my first 5k in May 2011 and ran it in 33 minutes. I was hooked! I loved the whole racing experience. My next race would be 5k in September 2011 and ran in 28 minutes. We moved to Pensacola, FL and two months later I would run my first half marathon in 2:14:50. 2011 was the year I became a runner!
Running became a huge part of my recovery and continues to be a huge part today. After two years of running and eating right I lost that 60lbs. In 2012, I would run my first 15k and 10k. I met Cherie, the owner of Running Wild, local running store and Frency, who was part of a Oiselle Running Team. Cherie convinced me to apply for the running team. I did and I was accepted. April 2012 is the first race I wore the Oiselle singlet. I would continue to run many 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, and a few more half marathons. In 2013, I ran my first marathon. I could not have done it without the huge support of the Oiselle community. I love everything about the company, the brand and the ladies that are part of Oiselle.
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