My Inspiration To Start Running

21 Jul

runspiration-1There is someone special who is responsible for my love of running. Someone who was my inspiration to take those first step. Someone besides me of course.

Since I’m not sure how she’d feel about me using her name we’ll just call her M. I’m wondering how futile it is to hide her identity because anyone I work with will know exactly who I’m talking about, but I’ll do it anyway.

M and I work together at the Y. She’s a really sweet woman who I always enjoy spending time with. Back in 2012, when I was considering the idea of becoming a runner, we worked together a lot and she would always try to convince me that I should run.

It’s great exercise. It’s fun. She named all the reasons why I should just get started and my reply to her was, “when both boys are in school.”

M asked me why I would wait and I had a legitimate reason. Who was going to look after the boys while I was running? Bill was still at the golf course at the time and I couldn’t always depend on his schedule for anything. runspiration-2

But finally M’s words hit home somewhere and I decided to give it a go. I’ll work around the kids and Bill’s crazy work life. I’ll figure it out.

I downloaded the C25K app and started on the track at the Y. I was there mostly because they would watch the boys while I would run and also because I was terrified of the roads.

The longer the distances became, the more running inside became like a chore so when Logan was in preschool I would run through my parent’s neighborhood. It was quiet without much traffic to worry about and that’s when I truly saw what M had been trying to show me all along. Running is awesome. It’s freeing. It’s fun. It’s empowering. It’s everything I needed, mostly because it’s much cheaper than therapy or booze.

runspiration-3Oh and the weight loss was pretty sweet too.

Since I started running I’ve finished quite a few shorter races. I’ve completed The Broad Street Run (10 miler) twice (2013 & 2015) and I’ve completed four half marathons.

M and I talk running just about every time we see each other now and it’s been like that for years. We cheer each other’s progress and achievements and give words of encouragement to get each other through the rough patches.

She is my runspiration and the reason I got started instead of putting it off for years and years. This kind and caring woman will never know how grateful I am for her encouragement to start and all the kind words she spoken to me since. I truly feel that without her influence I wouldn’t have ever started to run.runspiration-4

My dream is to pay it forward. My dream is to give to someone else what M has given to me, the love of a sport and a community that keeps me both physically and mentally healthy.

If I can inspire just one person to start running then I’ll be over the moon excited.

Do you have a person in your life who has inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new?


Mommyland Happenings {Week 28}

18 Jul

Back to the grind this week! We did manage to escape at the end of the week for some fun and relaxation so it all evened out and made the grind more bearable.

The summer days are passing by very fast and very slow all at the same time.



Child labor Sunday. We all pitched in and made a difference around the house.

Cameron mowed part of the lawn, Logan vacuumed, I cleaned and Bill got some stuff done in the garage and outside. We used Sunday to set ourselves up for a productive week.



We’ve really become a karate family. It’s pretty rare that I get to see Bill on the mat since I’m usually home when he takes his Hapkido class. As I was waiting for the boys after their class Bill started his, he’s the one in the gray. He enjoys the class and has learned a lot of real world self defense techniques.

Martial arts isn’t just for the kids!



I was chained to my desk most of the day on Tuesday. To help me focus on what I needed to accomplish, I had the diffuser going with my Attention oil.

I left the office Tuesday exhausted but feeling accomplished.



I had a little mid-week fun. My friend invited me to go see Bob Dylan Wednesday night. The evening included an amazing dinner and the concert. I’m pretty indifferent to Bob Dylan but I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to see a living legend live.

This was the view from where we had dinner and the photo doesn’t even come close to doing it justice.



Thursday was the last day for Cameorn’s STEM camp and it ended with a demonstration for the parents and certificate ceremony. This is Cameron shaking the district superintendent’s hand as he received his certificate.

The camp was offered through the district and it was fantastic. Cameron and his small team designed, built and programmed a robot. Cameron’s interest in STEM is going to lead to great things for him, I can feel it!



After Thursday’s STEM camp wrap up we hit the road for Maryland. Friday was our day at Ocean City, complete with bike riding on the boardwalk, lunch at our favorite spot, The Dough Roller, and go karts.

When we finished our bike ride we were are super sweaty and Logan was so sweaty that he could make his hair stand straight up. GROSS!

We ended our day with pizza for the boys and a romantic dinner for two at a the Waterman’s Inn in Crisfield for me and Bill.



Saturday we spent a little time at the pool before hitting the road for our three hour journey home. It really sucks to have to be at work on Sunday mornings.

Cooper sat with me. Can you tell he was bored out of his mind and ready to be home and out of the car already?

Another busy summer week coming up here in Mommyland. How is your summer treating you so far?

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