When it comes to physical challenges I have usually been a pretty determined person. As a kid I hoped to learn to tumble so I taught myself what I could in my backyard and the trampoline. So when I began running it started with a 5k and a little less than a year later I decided a half marathon was achievable. Never in a million years would I have imagined that!
I've always been active but as I got older and became a mom that hit the back burner and I couldn't always find the time. After having Daphne, my second child, I needed something to get me back into shape. Our school had a technology 5k coming up and the dream Center was also participating in the human race. I began training for these and I was very slow!! My first 5k was such an adrenaline rush and I was hooked.. My time was slower than a turtle but that gave me motivation to train harder.
In January Meghann and I began training.. We spent a lot of time in the treadmill sometimes for 7 miles! That's a long way on a treadmill. The snow challenged our training schedule. But we did what we could usually 10-20 miles per week for 12 weeks. Some days we wanted to quit. But luckily we had each other for accountability and motivation. Things happened in life, some good and some bad but all things gave me motivation and energy to get outside and run it off.
Mom guilt of leaving the kids to run was real. But to me it is important to let my kids see me do what I love and to hopefully motivate them to find a passion that they will dedicate their time to.
After miles and miles of training, in the cold, rain and heat. After days where I wanted to quit and days where I couldn't wait to get my feet on the pavement. . I held on to the dream of crossing that finish line. I will do it again. At Disney would be ideal! :)
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.