I am a stay at home mom with four daughters ranging in ages from 13-21 and a son who is 8.
He’s the one who should be running.
My husband and I have been married for 25 years, and I’m sure he thought he’d seen everything.
Then 3 years ago I started this “running thing” in an effort to help lose what would end up being 100 pounds.
Do you think it’s common to be hooked on something you don’t actually like?
Sure hasn’t happened with the laundry.
But I have come to the realization that it is never too late to make changes. Even the big ones.
I am so grateful for the good health this new “hobby” has given me and for the humorous situations it has gotten me into.
Imagine being several minutes into a conversation with someone you know, but haven’t seen in a while, and realizing that they don’t know who you are, but are really good at faking!
And then to watch the realization cross their face when they figure it out?
Better than reality TV.
The first time I ran was when I was 9 years old when my father bet me a dollar that I could not run a mile with him. I won that bet and have been running on and off for most of my adult life. The goal is just to stay fit for the long haul and burn off some stress and calories along the way. Who said, “Sweat is my sanity”? As a stay-at-home mom of four, I could not agree more.
Honestly, I wasn’t really interested in or looking to run another marathon. My plate is fairly full these days, but it was almost as if it chose me and not the other way around. Kind of like the saying in scriptures, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit.” John 15:16
It was uncanny how in the course of twenty-four hours obstacles were removed and one thing after another fell into place. It helped that there has always been something about the Twin Cities Marathon that has intrigued me. Perhaps, it is the meandering route and lovely lake shore views.
Some of my friends think I’m crazy. Heck, sometimes I think I am too, but after much discernment, we feel like God has made it quite obvious that He wants me to give this marathon thing a go. After all, marriage is under attack, and in my own small way, I can do my part. In spite of my challenges, I just need to trust whole heartily that He will provide in abundance and thank my dear husband, Greg, for his generous support.