Today we are really excited because we have a guest post for you!
We thought since the Disney Princess Half Marathon was such a big bonding experience for our family, and us sisters being so proud of our mom's accomplishments, that after sharing with you all our experience, it would be great to let our mom come share with you all. This is special because this was such a big life accomplishment for her, since running in general was such a big life change that started in Spring 2012! And now to have completed her first ever half marathon! How cool is that! We are so proud of our mom, and want to share with you all about her experience!
My First Half Marathon
I can’t believe it, I just completed my first half marathon! At Disney World in Florida no less! I’m 51 yrs old and I did it because of my girls ~ aka, Naturally Fit Sisters, who are my inspiration and my best friends. Oh but wait let me back up a minute. All my life I have always said I am not a runner. I have never been athletic. Always as long as I can remember I’ve been big breasted and that was always my reason for not running. I have always admired people who were diligent and disciplined enough to work out and eat healthy. I have always wanted to be “That Person.”
In about 2007, I joined Weight Watchers because I was sick of having such a big gut, you know the tire around my waist. That is my weakest area and to this day still is. WW’s has changed my Life. It has taught me about making healthy choices, and portion control. I’ve learned to eat more fruits and vegetable’s and to really like my veggie’s. So we will speed up to close to the end of the year 2010. They were building an Anytime Fitness in our town. I told my husband I would like to join. I kept talking about it, so when they opened in Feb2011 we did join. Its so convenient for me because its right across the street from where I work so I go before work. I really enjoy my time there. I have feet problems and 3 disc bulges in my back so with the exercise’s I try to be really careful of my back. But I have found that since I have started working out, it has seemed to strengthen my back. So sometime in 2011, my Weight Watchers leader had a 5K walk, she had one the 2 years before and it didn’t interest me AT ALL, then the next year, I was mildly interested, then last year I really wanted to do it, so I asked a really good friend of mine who isn’t in WW’s to do it with me and she did in Spring 2012. I walked the whole thing, but it struck something inside of me. I really don’t know why because Cassey my oldest daughter had ran several different ones and I wasn’t interested, then Brittany, my youngest started getting into it and even then I wasn’t. But somewhere along the way, I guess since both of them were so involved with healthy lifestyle choices, I wanted to! I have sometimes wondered when I’ve thought about this to myself if it didn’t have something to do with the life changing event in Dec 2009, and that’s another story in itself, but My oldest son, the girls brother died in a 1 car accident. He wasn’t buckled up. Anyways, our lives changed forever that day. Then my husband and I took an active part in helping with his 3 children and life as we knew it changed! In that split second you hear people talk about, everything was different. Then two years later another milestone in my life happened...I was fixing to turn FIFTY!! So I think in my mind, with all the events in my life that happened that I had no control over and no way of changing, I realized I could control my lifestyle. I have control over my choice to workout or not.
My daughter Brittany started talking about her, her husband and some friends doing the Mudslinger Mud Run in Sept 2012, it sounded like fun, and Cassey had already ran one in California, so I told Brittany I would like to do this. She signed me up, I started training some for it at the gym trying to run more which was a whole new world for me. The weekend I went to Abilene, I took my 3 grandkids that lived near me with me and the morning we went to the run there were kids attending it and my 6 yr old (at the time) grandson wanted to run it with us so we signed him up and off we went. We were dirty, tired and, happy!! It was so much FUN!!
Then comes Oct 2012, me and the girls signed up for a 5K for myself and for them a half in Ft Worth. We had a great weekend, I remember when I was running I kept thinking, “I’m crazy! What ever made me think I could do this?” But I did it! I was so tired, and just before the finish line you had a big hill to go up, for me it was a large mountain!! Lol and when I got to the top my mantra in my head was “I’ve got to run across that finish line” over and over I thought that, and I did it! I was happy and tired. But I did it.
I did another 5K (the Zombie Run) before my birthday in Dec 2012. that was when my girls gave me my birthday/Christmas gift and it was the Disney Princess Half Marathon entry. And I asked them what made them think I could do it. All I can say is that they have so much more confidence in me than I do. But I started training for it. I was scared though because I couldn’t run past 5 miles and I only did it three times at the gym. But I felt that at least I could run/walk it if my 8mth pregnant daughter could. We had a blast , it went faster than I thought it would. The last mile felt longer than the other 12 miles did. My legs worn stiff when we were through but it was temporary.
Oh I almost forgot to mention In April I’m doing the 5k Color Run in Dallas with my daughters Brittany and Cassey and my two grandsons. Then the following weekend I will be going to Shreveport for a 5 K Mud Run with some of my friends I’ve made at the gym, its going to be great! By the way, if your wondering about my husband that I spoke of. He’s not into running or anything like that and he has to work a lot but he does give me a lot of moral support. He bought me for my birthday a real nice Under Armour long sleeve and Capri leggings set and new running shoes. Among other things. He always leaves me nice little notes to root me on. He doesn’t complain of my runs, so even though its not something he is interested in, he doesn’t try to keep me from enjoying myself. One last thing, I have a new mantra in my head now, from a sign I saw at Disney, it said… “One day I may not be able to, but today I Can!! I love this and need to find a small poster of this. I hope maybe someone reads this and may find some inspiration to know that your not too old to try something new, even when you have aches and pains or a bad back such as I do. Or whatever the problem may be, I truly believe that being active helps it. No my pains haven’t gone away but I honestly believe that getting up and moving around more will help ease the pain, even if its for a little while, you don’t have to start running because I will be the first to tell you that it’s not for everyone. I don’t know If I will ever do another half, which is 13.1 miles if you didn’t know. But at least I know I did once and made it. But just get up and walk around outside. Any activity is better than none. This I really believe! And make small changes every day. Drink more water than you usually do. Have a serving of vegetables, instead of ice cream for dessert have a fruit and yogart. Little changes add up. Then before you know it you will notice a difference. Or you may find that something you didn’t like before , you may like now. Make a healthy Choice Daily!
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