There was a time when I ran four miles, six days a week. I was fit and strong and had boundless energy. I was a committed runner for five years and there was really no one reason why I stopped. Whether it was the boredom that plagued me or the minor injuries I sustained, I gave up. Looking back, I am so disappointed in myself for stopping, as getting started again has proven far more difficult than I ever imagined.
Since having Katie and Matthew, I have started and stopped running several times. I’ve had a plethora of excuses for giving up–pregnancy, exhaustion, and lack of motivation, to name a few.
Well, no more excuses. So why is this time different? A couple of reasons:
1. Losing my mother-in-law was truly a wake-up call. Her health had declined over the years and seeing her so ill made me realize that I have come to take my health for granted. I won’t always be young(ish) and I need to take better care of my body so that it can serve me throughout my entire life. It is my responsibility to teach Katie and Matthew the importance of caring for your body through exercise and a healthy diet.
2. I have a great group of friends, more than ten strong, who are as eager as I am to begin running. We’re following Couch-to-5K, a nine-week plan that will take us from walking to running 30 minutes, three times a week.
With so many others on board, I have no choice but to hold myself accountable.
We’d love for you to stop by and see us at Running Between Tweets and cheer us on through our plethora of aches, pains, progress, and ultimate successes.