The Morning After…

Can you find me? Hint...I'm the sweaty one!

Can you find me? Hint...I'm the sweaty one!

OK, I had a TERRIFIC weekend!!!! I spent 3 sun-filled days at the beach with my girlfriends, enjoying the sun & surf! We ate lots of junk food and drank…a lot!!! I did, however, get my runs in!!!! I even ran what I am calling my Girls’ Gone Wild 10K! In case you haven’t been following the blog…I was suppose to run in a 10K race with my nieces, but decided that a weekend with my girlfriends was more important for my sanity! But, since I had already agreed to run a 10K, I decided to run it on my own! And I did! Even after a late night of adult beverages and junk food! Not to mention running on the beach, that, while it sounds amazing, is actually quite difficult!! (My legs are still sore!) The proof is in the picture! I’m the sweaty one!! Poor Jen and Kay had to stand beside me! They really ARE good friends!!!

The run on Sunday was actually harder for me than the 10K! You see we were out carousing until 4:00AM and I woke up at 8:00AM for no apparent reason! 4 hours of sleep and a few Stella’s make for a very grumpy ME!! I did not run at the beach as I had planned! I decided to wait until I was home. But I was sooo tired when I got home around 4:30PM that I went for a nap instead! After a 2 hour nap, I tried again to muster some energy! Finally at 9:30PM I laced up my shoes and did the bare minimum! 1 meesley mile and I was DONE!!!

Update…my nieces did run in the 10K race and they did GREAT!!!! Congrats Lisa and Desta! Your aunt is very proud of you!!! And you even came to the beach after! You guys rock!!!

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Nice to meet you!

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!