Fitness

I used to think I was in pretty good shape.  My husband and I were avid hikers and backpackers, played a lot of tennis and did a lot of roller blading.  And then I got to college- graduate school, actually.  And then we got full time jobs…and starting trying for a family.  Fertility drugs entered the picture, and I was so out of shape.

It was about this time that my husband picked up running.  One day he was like “oh, by the way, I’m running a half marathon tomorrow”.  And so it was race after race.  I learned to love to be a spectator.  I made signs, cheered him on, and encouraged him to run more.

Fast forward a few years, we are in another new place, and I’m a stay at home mom.  I had a lot of friends and we were always doing fun things, but something was missing.  I didn’t have an outlet, something that was just for me, that relieved some stress.  And then my church offered a couch to 5K group and I joined it on a whim.  And learned that I loved to run!  I ran a few 5K’s, an 8K, and then a half marathon!

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Hank Aaron State Trail 5K was my first race- it was the race the group did together at the end of the Couch to 5K program.

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We went to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving so I signed up for the Turkey Trot there. Holy HILLS!  I was used to the flat runs in Wisconsin, so those hills were killer!

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My friend started the Moms RUN This Town for our city and was given 2 free entires into the Dirty Girl 5K obstacle run, so we did that and had a lot of fun getting dirty!

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As of right now, this is the last race I have done- my half marathon 🙂

After the half marathon, I found out I was pregnant with Red2.  I ran through 28 weeks pregnant with her.  But then I had some complications and had to stop so that she could stay put until she was ready.

 

And now I’m working back up to a half marathon.  On my new treadmill 🙂

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