Little background before we dive into what all this is about. I’m a 38 yr old mother of 2, a wife, a daughter, and so much more. I work for a physical therapy office doing billing. I have not run for any amount of time since I was in high school and had to do the mile. That was 21 years ago. I have worked out and lifted weights for the last 3 years, but cardio is not my strong suit at all.
It all started on 1/3/18, when I woke up. I don’t know exactly what it was that got into me. Maybe it was a dream I had that night or maybe I just realized that in September I was going to turn 39. Or it was me realizing I still have the 50 extra lbs on my body and it wasn’t seeming to go any where, but when I woke up. I decided that I was going to run a 5K before I turned 39. and thus #5kby39 was born.
Over the last 3 years working out I have had some issues with lower body (hips, knees and ankles). They come and go, mostly from one thing or another being tight. So I started out asking the professionals in my life, if this was even a goal I could handle. I have worked with a personal trainer the last 3 years to whip me into shape. So I started with my Trainer, Leslie. Asking if she thought I was crazy. She thought it was a great idea and quickly began gearing our workouts toward my goal.
Then I went to my friend and coworker, Molly, she is a physical therapist, who has worked on my knees and hip from time to time. She, also, thought it was a great idea and completely doable. She gave me a lovely warm up and cool down to help with my issues and keep me moving.
Lastly, and definitely not least I went to my other friend and coworker, Ashley. She is a physical therapist and a running guru. She was 100% on board and more than willing to write me a training program.
I am lucky to work with some awesome and talented people that are willing to help with my goal. I don’t think if I didn’t have these 3 in my life, I would have made it this far in training.
I went all in with new running shoes and even had to get different inserts in them and other gear (you ladies know what I’m talking about).
I made this goal after all that. I had decided to keep it to myself and these 3 women and my husband. I had not told anyone for fear that I would have lower body issues and it would knock me out of the race and I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to fail with everyone’s eyes on me. Failing and knowing it myself was bad enough. I was going to train and then get to my 5K race and post “I did it.” Then a few others at work found out about it and they were super supportive. I decided to share it with my husband and he didn’t look at me like I was nuts for taking it on, on top of all the other things I already do. Then all of a sudden there I was on January 30th, sharing my goal with the world of Facebook!
I kept sharing the last 2 weeks because it kept me accountable, but I found myself running and thinking. I found myself maybe not enjoying the run itself, but enjoying the endorphins from running and from accomplishing what I thought was completely out of my reach.
So in the blog you will hear about my running adventures, why I’m doing this and of course some family shenanigans. My hope is that my crazy adventure will inspire you, if not to run, but to do something you think is impossible.