I turn the milestone birthday this weekend, no, not 100-that sounds like a noble accomplishment. Wow! She’s 100? She looks awesome! No, I’m turning 50. Not old and noble, I’m halfway there-just old. I don’t feel old. But when you tell someone you’re turning 50, they look like you said the word. I remeber other birthdays…”aww you’re growing up…”, “look at you, such a young lady…” ,”…can’t believe you’re a wife and mother…”, “from now on time will fly by you’ll blink and you’ll be 50…”. It’s true, I blinked and my kids are in their early 20’s and my younger ones are in their teens! When did that happen?!
Like I said before, I don’t feel old and truth be told I’m in the best shape of my life. In my 20’s I was overweight because my then boyfriend Chris and I went out on a lot of dates and ate not the healthiest choices. Marriage and babies did nothing for healthy eating or exercise either. Chris was off doing Gate River Runs and Summer Beach Runs and looked great! I was craving fried fish sandwiches from Singleton’s(my pregnancy cravings). When my son Daniel was 9 months old and people at Home Depot were asking if I was pregnant, time to change my habits. Weight Watchers and exercise were the way to go. I lost weight but I still needed to make exercise a priority. I was on bed rest for David since I was considered a high risk pregnancy. No more exercise-at least David craved salads and Honey Nut Cheerios. Then my last pregnancy, bed rest again.
So here I was 40 years old, feeling sorry for myself and feeling old. Ethan needed a running partner in 2008 and the rest is history as they say.
So today I raced as a 49 year old in the Marty Biatholon/5k. Memorial Day I will be at Orange Park running the Memorial Day 5k and I will be 50 years old. New AG, new chances to PR, and a way to hold off from being overweight and lethargic. When people look back and say I wish were 21 again, not me. I’m comfortable in my own skin and I love how I feel and look minus the gray hairs(those kids!).
Remember it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey,