This is a chronicle of my journey as an athlete, which I resumed at age 45. These are my thoughts and musings of how I fit training and racing into my busy life. It can all be done. It’s also a reminder that no matter what happens, life is more fun if you #maketimetoplay!
It’s just like running…one step at a time.
Once upon a time
This is my story
Once upon a time a 45 year-old woman decided that she would get into shape and start a running program. This particular woman had been an athlete and in sports since the age of 4, but somehow during her late 30s, life got in the way. She became very busy and out of shape. And then at 50 she reinvented herself again, not only as an athlete but the direction she took her personal and professional lives. This is my story. Maybe you can relate to it; or maybe you can inspire me. Whichever it may be, it’s a never ending process of learning who you want to be when you grow up and then becoming that person.
In 2007, I joined Weight Watchers to get my eating under control. Unlike most people who overeat, I didn’t eat a enough food or drink enough fluids. As a result I was dehydrated all the time and my body was in starvation mode. By paying attention to my food and fluid intake and by walking a lot, I lost almost 30 pounds.
Even with this success, I missed being an athlete. Ever since high school, I wanted to run, but never seemed to be able to physically do it. In my early 20s I was tried to run a 5K, but got hurt and never seemed to be able to run after my injury healed.
I decided that this time would be different and I would achieve my running goals. I found a program called the Couch to 5K, went to a running store to get properly fitted with shoes and equipment, and started the journey of awkening my inner-athlete.
I’m now a runner, duathlete, triathlete, mountain biker, and skier. And in the process I’ve rediscovered who I am fundamentally as a person. I’m happiest when I’m doing something active, especially outdoors. Snow or sand; beach or mountains. Doesn’t matter as long as I’m outside.
This website chronicles my story of how I try to fit everything into the busy life of a entrepreneur, daughter, sister, friend, etc, etc. It’s not perfect, but I’m having a blast and I’m in the best physical shape I’ve been in since my mid-30s. Plus I have a happy life that I enjoy, hence my hashtags #LiveLife and #BeBrave. My goal is to encourage and inspire others to achieve their goals.
Post-45 is truly the new WOW! I don’t know what I’ll do next or where I’ll end up, but I know I’ll have a blast in the meantime.
Get out & make it happen
You’re never too old to start something new…