I have thought about giving this blogging thing a try for months now. It isn't an easy decision with a busy life. It's one more thing to fit in, but as I've read other blogs and become more involved in that world I see how enjoyable and inspiring it can be. I am learning as I go. I am excited to start this journey.
I am inspired by other runners especially those amazing tough mother runners out there who have taught me you can fit it in despite having a job and a family. My heroes are the every day women who make fitness a priority along with family and work.
A little about myself. I have been running since I was 18. I am now 31 so I am definitely not new to the sport, however I am new to being a mother runner. I started running as a college freshman. Those freshman 15 that everyone jokes about as you make your way to college turned into the freshman 30. I was overweight, unhappy, and unsure how to change this. I had always been active playing softball, tennis, and basketball in high school. When all my organized sports went away I had no clue what to do with myself. In high school I joked if I wasn't running to a base or to the hoop I wasn't going to do it. I HATED running. That changed my freshman year. Faced with being overweight and insecure I decided it was time to change. Luckily my college boasted many awesome free gyms and I began going 4 times a week. I started slowly on the indoor track run a lap walk a lap. Soon I was able to trot around for a whole mile. I won't lie it was painful, I had side cramps, butt cramps, toe cramps and sometimes I felt like my lungs were going to explode, but the feeling I got after finishing that workout was worth the pain. About 6 months after starting I signed up for my first race. Crazyleggs 5 mile race in Madison, WI. It was amazing, painful, and the turning point. I never looked back.
The years have gone by and now I am married to my best friend and I have a 14 month old and another little due in September. Running is a huge part of my life still. It has become therapy, me time, a way to be healthier, and a way to meet new friends.
I recently signed up to do the Virtual 5K using the Train Like a Mother books 5k finish it plan. Thank you Dimity and Sarah for creating these books and websites. It will be my focus and a way to keep running through this pregnancy. My next race in May 12th and I am excited! I will be blogging my training runs and pregnancy milestones as the months go by.
So here is to the beginning...the best is yet to come.