Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my health. No, there’s nothing wrong … at least, that I know of anyway. I’ve been exercising since my early twenties when I started havin’ babies and I’ve kind of been slacking off since summer, running a few miles off and on but not running on a regular, disciplined basis like I normally do. I haven’t been paying as close attention to what I put in my mouth, either.
The combination of not exercising regularly and not eating as good as I should has left me feeling lethargic, sometimes irritable, and has even affected my ability to sleep well. I need to get back into my running routine with these great people that are dressed up for a fun Halloween race in our area. I’m the one with angel wings and white gloves on the right!
My bad choices are about to change. Big Time! I just signed up to run a marathon. I’ve already run a few marathons so it’s not new territory for me. My running group is a huge help when training for long distances. Here we are just prior to a long run (I’m in the purple tank top on the right, front row). We’re smiling now, but we’ll be hot and sweaty when the run is over!
Knowing that 26.2 miles lie ahead of you, you realize you can’t be a slacker. The training has to be done … and your food needs to be healthy in order to support the training. The best way I know to motivate myself is to sign up for a competitive event like this. My daughter signed up with me and this will be her first marathon. Here we are ready to run a half marathon, 13.1 miles, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
On November 10th, we’ll be running the Naperville Marathon together. That may seem like a long time from now, but it takes discipline, a healthy diet, and a steady routine of regular running for several months. Here, my daughter and I are at the starting line for a local 20-mile race.
I do believe a lot of our health problems stem from poor choices we make with food and exercise. So as I grow older, I’m ever more aware of choices that affect my health. I need to lose at least 10 pounds before marathon day … so the journey begins! And after the marathon, we’ll celebrate like years past with our running group … we indulged in pizza after all that training!
I’m sure I’ll be writing about this from time to time on my blog between now and race day. I’m looking forward to it and glad I made a healthy choice before the situation got out of hand. Do you have any health or fitness goals this year? It’s never too late to start!