I guess I should explain how and why I started running . . . what piqued my interest . . . how the passion was developed. During the summer of 2012, I had decided it was time I started taking better care of myself. I wasn’t fat, but I was a little overweight, and I was definitely, completely out of shape. At 5 foot 5 inches and 43 years of age, I weighed 152+ pounds. I had three kids, and I had kept on some of that “baby fat” that most mom’s grumble about. In addition to that, I smoked. Yes . . . cigarettes. Nasty!! I know. But it was a habit I had enjoyed for over 20 years. Furthermore, it was much easier to keep the habit than it was to kick it. I had tried multiple times, sometimes for several months, only to fall off the smoking wagon again during some stressful time in my life, broke down and bought a pack of smokes.
Anyway, I had finally reached the point in my life that I was fed up with my ugly, flabby body and the fact that I couldn’t breath in the morning. Living on a farm in central West Virginia, I so badly wanted to enjoy the sweet aromas of nature that surrounded our home. My kids were growing up and moving on with their lives, and I wanted to be around to play with the grandkids. God blessed me with this body and I wasn’t taking care of it. I was being completely inconsiderate of this wonderful gift of life, and I knew I needed to change.
So, for my 44th birthday (the age that I felt I had technically hit the mid-40’s) I gave myself a gift in the form of a promise. I couldn’t run a quarter of a mile, so I promised myself that someday I would run a 5K (or 3.1 miles). But to do that successfully, the first thing I had to do was to quit smoking. So, I traded out smoking for running. One day, on a Friday, I just quit. And that weekend I found a C25K app for my iPhone and started running/walking. That was in late-August 2012, and in October 2012, I ran my first 5K at a time of 31:20, or slightly over 10:00 min/mile. I even placed first in my age/gender division. (It helped that it was a really, really small race and there were only 3-4 other ladies in my group.) I haven’t looked back since. Check out the “The Races” page to see the results of races I’ve completed.
As of today, I’m still the same height, but nearly a year older and because of a life-style change in my diet, my weight is now between 125-130 pounds. I don’t smoke or even WANT to smoke. I thoroughly enjoy the aromas of the fresh spring air after a gentle rain, the honeysuckle and apple blossoms, and fresh-cut grass to only mention a few. I’m stronger, healthier and so much happier. I have grown in confidence and hold my head up a little higher. I’m more conscious and appreciative of the tremendous, yet fragile gift with which God has blessed me. It is my greatest hope and desire to maintain a strong temple where He can dwell, and have fun doing it at the same time. This blog is where I tell my story of “Running Hills and Hollars.”