Hello! My name is Kim and I am a Mom who has recently found a passion for running. I know what you’re thinking,
“She probably ran track in high school.” Uhmm no, I was the groupie who chased the track star, but there was no running for me!
“She must be super fit and runs marathons.” BZZZZZZZTT WRONG!!! Don’t get me wrong, I am an active person, whom has enjoyed her share of pilates, weight training, step aerobics, and spinning. But I was not a “runner”. I loathed running in school, because I would end up with those annoying stitches in my side. I was always so jealous of Nancy, a classmate, who would go out and run miles and miles and barely break a sweat. Why couldn’t I be like that? I figured it wasn’t in my genes. No one in my family ran and Nancy’s entire family did. So I blamed genetics. I was wrong!
“She’s an endorhin junkie.” Well not initially, but now…yeah!!! I am a card carrying member of the “rush club”. Got a problem with that?
The truth, I am a 43 year old mother of 2 teenagers (I am giving you a year or two, Bailey). Bailey is my 6th grade fashion diva and Conner is my freshman techie son. I am a busy Mom, what with the taxi service and my ability to say “YES” to every volunteer request. But I felt like I was getting bogged down and doing more for others and not enough for myself.
So, about a year ago, I made my 2008 New Year’s Resolution, like I do every year. Usually, it’s a get fit, lose weight promise and I fall off the wagon by the end of January, beginning of February at the latest. Knowing I had to be creative, I decided to resolve to RUN in one charity race a month. Kind of a way to get in shape AND give back to the community. Brilliant, right? How could I fail?
Well, I talked my 2 nieces, who are 20-somethings, into the challenge, too. Being that we were all novices we all started from the beginning, walking first, then walk running and before we knew it we were running 2 miles without stopping. By the end of January we were ready to enter our first race…the Run Around The Universe 5K fun run at Universal Studios in Orlando.We had a fabulous time, enjoyed the race and couldn’t wait to sign up for the next one! And that is how my passion was born!
I have continued to run, even though I took a break for a month or two, OK, maybe 3. But I am back at it and have 3 races on the calendar right now! We are lengthening our runs (we did 6 miles on Saturday) and races (10K coming up). I have hopes of running the Disney Marathon in January 2010, at the ripe age of 45!!! So this blog is going to be my inspiration journal/training log/personal therapist. I hope to keep you up-to-date on my progress in hopes that it will provide you with inspiration…to do whatever you want to do!
Nice To Meet You!