One of my new year's goals is to run a half marathon. This is something I've wanted to do for a while. Not an easy task when you have two young kids but I was up for a challenge this year. Last year I completed my first 10k race, 9 months postpartum. I couldn't believe I did and I did it in great time, 53 minutes. I was so proud of myself. It's one of the best feelings to cross that finish line. There is so much emotion, relief, joy, happiness, self fufillment, and PRIDE. Pride in knowing I set a goal for myself and I accomplished it. I ran that race and thought of my kids the entire time. I kept thinking I'm doing this for them. I want them to see their mom set a goal and attain it. I want them to see what hard work is. I want them to know that if you work hard at something you will accomplish it. I also believe it instills a health lifestyle and I am doing everything I can to take care of my body.
In January I joined a running group that is preparing for an upcoming marathon/half marathon. I love it! It's so nice to see a group of people with the same interests as me. Giving up their Saturday morning to run in the freezing cold, on our first run it was 14 degrees!!! Yes I said 14 degrees. I know most of us would rather be in our cozy beds but we get up and drag ourselves to the park and hit the pavement. We also follow a training plan during the week. I usually accomplish this early in the morning when the little ones are still sleeping. So this past weekend I ran the furthest I've ever run in my life, 9.5 miles. I know I will be ready for the 13.1 miles that are ahead of me and it feels great knowing my hard work and persistence will pay off. I would love to post a picture of me at 8:00 am dressed in layers to brave the cold but no one in my house is willing to get out of their cozy beds to take the picture. Ohhhh well.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
- Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and marathon finisher