Nicki of Nicki's Nook, my first guest poster here at Motherese, and the first neighbor I've invited in for a chat as part of the Won't You Be My Neighbor series at The Never-True Tales.
I admire Nicki for many reasons: her commitment to writing, her level-headed perspective on raising children (six of them, in her case!), her honesty, and her generosity of spirit. Her post today gives us insight into yet another admirable quality: her dedication to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks, Nicki, for guest blogging here today!
I have written several different blog entries about my journey to a healthy lifestyle. The biggest part of this journey has been running. I swore I would never been a runner. I did not run as a teenager or while in college. I started running in 2007. At that time, I was about to turn 46.
I would get questions from friends all the time about this new “thing” of mine. My younger sister told me over and over that running was not good for me. I just laughed these concerns off as I kept going. It started with daily walking in the summer of 2007. By Labor Day, I was running and walking, my own form of interval training.
When questioned why I did this to myself, why I ran, I would say I was outrunning the heredity my parents were trying to give to me. While I may not totally outrun the high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses my parents have had, I am keeping them at bay. The side effect, and not the main reason for my running, is that I am losing weight. My goal was to be fit. I can easily say that I am probably in close to the best shape of my life. I am definitely in the best shape I have been in since my two years at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.
I kept running, swearing I was not a runner. Then, a change came. I met and became friends with a runner, a runner who had started his journey later in his life and was now running marathons. I went to a marathon. I experienced the camaraderie of runners at an event. I ran my first race. I was hooked. Running had me in its grasps!
Now I am laying out plans for a year’s worth of running. I am going to finally hit that goal of running 1000 miles in a year. I have made this goal two years in a row and fallen short both years. This year I have a new approach. I am going to be a runner. I am going to run races – something I never thought I would do in my life. I am taking January and February of 2010 to train and build up my distance. I am going to run a race every month this year. I am going to run a half marathon. I am going to run a 10K and a 15K. I am going to run a 5K. I am going to run.
Below are the races I know I am going to run this year. I will add others as I find them but there will be at least one a month.
March – Celebrate Life Half Marathon – Rock Hill, NY
April – Ithaca Skunk Cabbage Race – Ithaca, NY
May – Mountain Goat Run – Syracuse, NY
July – Utica’s Boilermaker – Utica, NY
November – I have a couple here depending on the distance I want to run.
December – It’s a Wonderful Run - Seneca Falls, NY
All you runners out there, where are you running this year? You can follow my training on Facebook (Nicki Wright Conroy) or on Twitter.