Growing up too fast....

Monday, April 11, 2011

I love to eat therefore I must run!

CHICAGO MARATHON 2007 26.2 MILES
Training Partner: Angela Thurmond. Only trained up to 18 miles.

If 30,000+ people doesn't motivate you I don't know what will.




This post isn't about the girls. Being a new mom and with that has come lots of adjustments and sacrifices that somewhere along the way I have focused all my attention and energy on the girls/family that I have forgotten to take the time to think about myself.
So...I'm being a little selfish and this post is about ME!

The second most rewarding thing I've done in my life, besides being a mom, was completing the Chicago Marathon. I don't even remember my time but that doesn't matter...I FINISHED and I'm proud of that!
I use to work with a girl in Florida that told me, "I only run if someone is chasing me." That was one of the many things I loved about Florida, the Greenways, tons of running events and great weather. Florida is where my running obsession started. I guess I should stop right there. I really am not running. I'm a jogger. I'm not speedy but I'm not slow either.. as Goldilocks would say "just right"
I always use to find it humorous that I would pay money to put myself thru grueling running events whether it was rain, HOT Florida sun or freezing my butt off at the Disney half marathon in 2005. I have to constantly remind myself that I really won't "run" unless I am training for something. I literally have to PAY someone or some organization in order to motivate myself to get out and pound the pavement. Crazy, I know but that's what works for me.... home gyms DON'T.
So I was thinking back and I cant even tell you how many running events I've done. My favorite one was the Celebration run and that's because it always had the best long sleeve Tshirts and great snacks at the end. See......I love to eat therefore I must run!
So here's what brings me to my post. I actually loved the first 15 months of having the twins cause I could eat whatever I wanted and counted climbing the stairs everyday as my cardio. They sucked all the fat off me. It was awesome... until I stopped nursing and that quickly changed. Yowzers! Why didn't any nursing mom of twins warm me of this? Probably cause there are so few mom's of twins that actually nurse their babies. Why didn't anyone tell me that I needed to start exercising again after kids....GEEZ! The pounds crept on slowly as I began to wean from three feedings to two feedings, to one feeding and then cold turkey just stopped. I put on almost 20 lbs. What was I thinking? Okay, so I'm getting a little personal. I am proud to say that I'm down 15 lbs, 1 dress size and I have 10 more pounds to go. My secret......RUN! I always have the best results when I am jogging or training for something. I have no desire to do another marathon but I will stick to my 10K's and maybe even add a few more 1/2's to my list. Best advice is get a partner. Not necessarily saying you have to run right next to them but have someone to run with, to make you get out there. I have Erin in the AM, Erica in the PM and my good ole faithful IPOD all the other times.

Back in the saddle again...my first 6.2 mile PURITY DAIRY run is this Saturday-be thinking of me!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it, I am now immortal! I can't believe you remembered that!!! And would you believe that I still say it (and stick to it, I only walk fast) to this day! Love and miss you :) Michelle

merryheathre said...

Way to go, Amber! I am (very slowly) training for a ~200 mile bike ride, but it's so hard to do alone - luckily I've found a couple people to work with me. And, tonight, one of my coworkers invited me to Zumba so I got a little cross-training in.
Keep it up!

Mandy said...

WOW - that is awesome - amazing!! Just saw your post on my blog from 100 years ago, lol! I'm following now! :)