Earlier this month I turned 35. I can't believe I am 35, but there it is. However, I think I am the healthiest I have ever been. Seriously. How is that possible? I'm in my 30's and now is the time that I have become my healthiest. It's taken being pregnant, having kids, and staying home with my kids full-time for me to realize that I need to take my health and my weight seriously. I mention my weight because when my weight goes up my knees hurt, I trudge along, my energy is low, and I am hungry all the time. When my weight goes down I feel like a rock star because I can move more easily, my energy (for the most part) is up, and I eat much healthier and I don't crave the junk food.
This is a big year for me. I am at my lowest weight since being pregnant for the first time. Yeah, it's only taken me 7(!) years to finally get rid of the baby weight from all 3 kids. Not only have I lost the weight I have discovered a passion for running. And, no, I'm not being chased!
I have run in the past and I have run in a few 5K, a couple of 5 milers, and a 10K over the last 7 years. But this past October after coming off an injury (I had a wicked case of Plantar Fasciitis) I ran in a running festival with family and I was hooked! I ran my first ever 7 miles as a member of a 4 part marathon relay team. I started training late for it because I was scared and I was kind of hoping that we weren't going through with it. But once Hubby's cousin took the lead on our team I made a definite commitment and kicked my training into gear. Everyone else could run longer distances and at a faster pace. But I was happy to be included and I didn't want to let them down. Oh.My.Goodness! I ran faster than I thought possible, LOVED the vibe from the spectators, and truly enjoyed participating in this event with family. It was a great bonding experience and made me love them even more. One awesome benefit was spending extra time with Hubby's cousin and her husband. I was able to spend the night with them so I didn't have to drive an hour to the race site in the wee hours of the morning. We looked at old family photographs, talked for hours, and I got to know them better. It was great. But that entire event, the bonding, the vibe, the spectators, the runner's high, and reading Born to Run...it all totally hooked me.
And now at 35, I am running in my first half-marathon. WHAT? That's right. You heard me, I'm running in my first half-marathon. This chubby little girl in her 30's has fallen in love with running and ran 13.1 miles last Sunday. How did I fall into that? Well, my seat mate on the bus to the first leg of the marathon relay in October told me about this race and told me the registration date. She planted the seed in my head and I talked about it for months. After overcoming a few more injuries (a calf strain and hip pain) that took a couple of months to heal completely, I decided to start training keeping my eye on the registration. Finally last month after a conversation with my husband he told me to go for it. I was already training as if I was registered why not just do it. So I did. And did you see that? You better take a look because that was pigs flying. Never in a million years did I ever believe that I would sign up for that kind of crazy. I will definitely write a later post about that experience, because it was awesome.
So at 35, where am I in my life?
- I am a stay at home mommy to my three children ages 7, 4, and 2. I have been blessed to be home with my kids for the last 4+ years.
- I am a wife to my amazing husband and I have been married for almost a dozen years.
- I am still trying to find my career calling. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I was a teacher, my husband thinks I'll be a teacher again. I'm taking classes to keep up my certification, so maybe he's right.
- I'm still writing, but not as often as I would like. Does that still make me a writer, even if it is done causally?
- I am a runner. Overhearing your daughter tell her friend, "My mommy is a runner" kind of makes it official.
- I continue to make baby blankets and full length afghans for family and friends.
- I volunteer at my son's school and in different ministries at church and I love being a part of each volunteer opportunity.
- Somewhere in there I try to be a friend to my friends, though I know that I am falling down on the job because I am almost never home and my hours are crazy (I'm up by 4am 4:30am and I collapse by 8pm and try to eek out more time in my day by staying up just a little bit later).
- And finally, I am imperfect and I am thankful for God's grace and forgiveness.
Thirty-five isn't looking too shabby. I will continue to work on myself to be the wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend that God wants me to be. I am blessed beyond measure by family and friends. I feel so good physically and I look forward to tackling yet another half-marathon. God has been so good and while I am enjoying where I am right now, I look forward to what God has in store for me.Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.