Singer (to myself in the car and in shower)37 for a wee bit longer, Texas
My father, at 69 years old, can still kick my ass running. He didn't start running until he was in his 50s. I think as he got older he needed a hobby and so running became part of his life. He was an inspiration for me to start running.
Fitness has been such a big part of my life for the last 4 years that it's hard to imagine my life before. The thing is, I feel as though I'm just reaching the tip of the iceberg and there is so much more to be explored and developed. I'm excited.
I run three, times a week right now training for the NYC Marathon. I really like Hal Higdon's Marathon 3 training program. Running just 3 days a week keeps from getting burned out and allows me to do other cross training which I love.
Until a few years ago I could never have imagined myself running the NYC marathon, or any marathon for that matter. If you're not part of the running community, I don't think running is even on your radar. I can honestly say I never gave marathoning ANY thought at all. As far as I was concerned, it didn't exist.
If I don't listen to my body, I find myself in trouble. I really do try to listen to my body and know when something requires rest and when I'm just being lazy and tired. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, but I feel the longer I've been doing this I know when something is really wrong.
My hair is at a very annoying stage. Part of me wants to chop it all off so it can be cute and stylish but the running part of me likes to throw it in a ponytail really quick and go out for a run. There's nothing worse than hair in your face while exercising. The problem is, I have become so lazy and rarely style my hair.
When I run I imagine what passers by think. I have the worst running form (so I'm told) and I wonder if people are snickering under their breath.
I'm the worst at stretching. I don't know why something so simple proves to be so difficult for me. I've been having nagging buttock/hamstring/hip pain so I've been trying to foam roll and stretch. I can already see where it makes a big difference.
I live in one of the fittest cities in America and it shows. I'm surrounded by so many other fit moms that find a way to make health and fitness a priority. You can't help by be inspired to be healthy.
I'm a fan of Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan and can't wait to watch them hopefully kick booty during the Marathon in the Olympics this year. I expect them to do well. I hope they don't disappoint.
Running is not a 4 letter word, although sometimes I think it should be. Ha!
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