Hello! My name is Kim and I am a Mom who found a passion for running, later in life. 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!!! Not yet anyway!! Don’t get me wrong, I am an active person, who 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 40+ year old mother of 2 teenagers. I am a busy Mom, what with the taxi service and my amazing ability to say “YES” to every volunteer request that comes my way. But I felt like I was getting bogged down with everyone else’s punch list and while mine was growing out of control! So, a few years ago, I made my 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!
So 4 years later and I’m still running, even though I took an occasional break for a month or two, OK, maybe 3, I always pick it right back up. This blog is 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!