My fitness aha moment came to me over three years ago before my darling daughter’s first birthday. Activity had always been a part of my life but I can’t say I was always fit. That didn’t come until recently. But it wasn’t an easy road….there were many emotional and physical bumps along the way.
Almost five years ago I found out I was pregnant and it was the best news of my life! It was also the news that started me on a nine-month journey of uncertainty and worries. I immediately changed my running goals from training for a marathon to focusing on this new life inside of me. When my doctor advised me to not run I didn’t even argue. Worries from a past miscarriage made me careful….perhaps too careful. My activity levels dropped significantly during my pregnancy. I would love to say after baby was born I jumped right back up and laced up my running shoes but that too took time.
My “aha!” came when I realized every time I drove by a person running I was full of intense jealousy. I wanted to be running. Eventually the proverbial light turned on and I realized I could put that jogging stroller to true use and get out there and run….with or without a mommy-and-me running support group. And I was determined. I ran my first post-baby race in November 2009 when darling daughter was 21-months old….and I can’t say I was even fully trained for this 8.6 mile race. However, it was this race that confirmed my “aha!” moment and I have been as committed to my running as to my family ever since. I ran my first half marathon in September 2011 and my first marathon in September 2012.
I am still racing and setting higher and higher goals for myself and you know what?