Now I am sure there are many of you out there right now who are all trying to figure out how to balance your busy lives. We are always trying to juggle a variety of things, which can include any of the following: spouses, children, working, cooking, shopping, paying bills and keeping your house running in some kind of organized fashion, just to name a few. We can all understand and relate to these issues and then you take me, a 40 plus-year old, divorced and now single mom of an 11-year-old-boy who is also working a full-time job. As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I decided to throw training for a FULL marathon into the mix. 26.2 miles!!!!
“Have I always been a runner?” Well, that answer would be a profound NO! Truth be told, I did not like running when I was young. So who would think that after all these years I would be getting ready to run my first marathon in less than two months? Correction…ATTEMPTING to run a marathon!
It started almost two years ago, when one of my friends approached me to see if I would like to run a 5K road race. This would be a 3.1 mile race run through the streets of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. She gave me a training schedule, and my first thought was “Where on earth will I find the time to do this?” I was eventually able to run about three-miles without completely passing out, but as the race date was starting to loom over me, I woke up one morning with the worst cold I have had in a very, very long time. It took almost two weeks for it to run its course (no pun intended), and that brings us right to the day of the race.
“How am I ever going to do this when I have been sick and have NOT RUN AT ALL?” This thought and a million more terrifying thoughts were going through my head the whole morning before the race. My son, my parents and my boyfriend were all there for the big day, and all that kept going through my mind was,
So, now we jump ahead two years, and I have run in almost 26 road races, which include a number of 5 and 10Ks, along with two half-marathons. I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary participating in the exact same Cox Road Race in which I had started. The only difference this time is instead of it being a 3.1 mile race; it will be a 26.2 MILE RACE!!!
Looking back now, making that decision to start running was one of the best things I have ever done for myself! Considering how crazy life is, I was able to find something just for me which, in turn, has made me a happier and healthier person. If each of you can find that “something” just for you, the rewards for yourself are incredible and so worthwhile. This is something that may not happen overnight and like me, it could take 40 plus years to find, but once you do… enjoy it! For all of the things we do for everyone else, we all deserve to do something just for us!!!