40 Days until 40... #FitFriday Inspiration from Kelly
Posted on July 22 2016
40 Days 'til 40 // #40RunStreak
In one month, I will turn 40. Instead of freaking out about getting older, I have decided to embrace it and celebrate for 40 days. When I first told my husband this idea, he looked at me like I was crazy thinking that I was going to party each day, spending tons of money. But, that's not what it's all about. For 40 days, I am running, doing fun things with my family and friends, reconnecting with old friends, cooking, and eating good food. Focusing on the simple but important things in life.
One of the biggest parts of my 40 days 'til 40 idea is running for 40 days straight. Running was never a big deal to me until recently. I am not sporty, but always try to be healthy. I am vegan, practice yoga and occasionally play soccer for fun. In the past, if someone would have predicted that I would become a runner, I would have laughed. I still feel weird calling myself a runner. In high school, my friends and I would make up any excuse in the book to get out of running in PE. I hated to run! If I only knew then what I know now. My sister was constantly asking me to try running and I kept turning up my nose at the idea.
Then, about a year and a half ago, that all changed. My son turned 4 and started riding a pedal bike. Without a bike of my own, I had no choice but to run behind him with my daughter in a stroller as he rode around our neighborhood. After that, I was addicted. I began running as much as I could and ran my first 5K *The Bolt to the Q* about a year ago with my sister and brother in law. I am so excited to do it again this year with my husband and kids doing the 1/2 mile with us.
Committing to running every day is not an easy task. I have two young kids, we home school, I work part time, and live in one of the hottest places on the planet. The lowest temperature is in the morning right now and it is in the mid-80s. So, I try to get up super early to beat the sun and take my dog out before she overheats or burns her paws. Then, I run on a treadmill. Most days my kids are playing in the room while I run. My runs are either super boring, watching Netflix on the I pad, or super stressful-watching to make sure the kids are safe.
But, I love exercising with my kids and being a healthy role model for them. They wake up early to walk our dog with me or jump on the treadmill to run after I am finished. I also love the stronger connection that I have with my sister now from our running adventures. I have had amazing support from my husband, kids, family, and friends. I even have a running buddy doing the run streak with me.
I have been wanting to do a running streak for a while now, so I did my first one in June. I had no goal in mind at first. Once I got going I accomplished over 100 miles. This time I am shooting for 120 miles in 40 days. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 40th year.
Up for the challenge? Join my #40RunStreak + follow my run adventures at @VegRunr_MilesandPace