Happy Friday! It’s Week #46 of the #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge and this week’s topic is Let Me Brag For a Minute. So… I wasn’t raised to toot my own horn (as my mother would have called it), which makes bragging for this week’s topic difficult (although there is a *Shameless Promo at the end of this blog post which says otherwise…).
Besides that, I feel like you know a lot about me already. In preceding weeks, we’ve covered the fact that I have have two great kids, am married to my Handsome Prince, made it through single motherhood, and graduated from dental hygiene school. Since this is an author blog, you also know that I’ve published a couple of books. And you know that I’m a runner. So what’s to brag about?
Ahh – lucky you – I’m going to brag about my running. Not because I’m good at it (my goal has always been simply to cross the finish line in an upright position and to stay out of an ambulance. Thankfully I’ve met my goals, so far!). No, the reason I’ll brag about my running is just the fact that I am able to do it. When I realize that I’ve gone from couch potato to actual runner in a few short years, I guess that’s worth bragging about.
Four years ago (the start of it all), my daughter thought it would be fun to run a zombie race, so we did it together with one of her friends. It featured 3.1 miles of water hazards, an obstacle course (including hordes of zombies to outrun in various places along the course), high walls to climb and a rain-swollen lake to swim. It was freezing (45 degrees, I think) because we’d had a cold front come through the night before, so it was a chilly, slippery, mud-covered mess, but it was fun! The picture to the left proves how delighted we were (to be done).
Then, Daughter thought it would be cool to run a full marathon (26.2 miles. In one race.) I talked her off that particular ledge, we set our goal on a half marathon (a more attainable 13.1 miles – also in one race), and I started training for it.
My niece lived with us for a couple of months and she ran around the neighborhood for exercise, so she pushed me in my training. She and I ran together in a July 4th race – our first 10k (6.2 miles. Yes, still in one race). We came in right at an hour and 20 minutes and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to finish in the aforementioned upright position (the girl is tough, not to mention 26 years younger than I).
Fast forward to my 8th half marathon two weekends ago. My son-in-law and I ran it together and I’m excited that I came in just 6 minutes behind him. My daughter was signed up to race but fell prey to a stress fracture in her hip this summer so she couldn’t run it. She and two of her friends (one was the third zombie racer!) cheered from the sidelines, though, and Handsome Prince was there when I crossed the finish line – still upright, thankyouverymuch.
Next up – our first full marathon this coming January.
I’m doing this to push off old age as long as possible. My dad passed away this year at the age of 98, which means I have the genes to go on for a few more decades (at least long enough to be a pain in the neck to my kids, lol). I hope that running will keep me healthy and active longer. A bonus would be that I could run rings around my kids when I’m 80.
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