I retired from teaching elementary school in 2008 and soon realized that it was up to me to "write this new chapter in my life." I joined Weight Watchers, lost 20 pounds in three months, and returned to jogging like I did during my Junior College years.
I was so nervous, and excited, when I ran my first 5K in May 2009. It was called "Moms on the Run," which raises money for women going through breast cancer treatments, and it was a wonderful feeling to contribute to a great cause and get a great workout for myself at the same time! Since that first race, my daughter and I have been running in about seven 5K's a year! Depending on the race, we sometimes wear our pink or green tutus, and sometimes even mustaches!
In Sept. 2014, my daughter and I got our FitBits, which has added a lot of enjoyment to our races and our weekly workouts. We'll compare our 7 Day Steps and sometimes "taunt or cheer" one another, depending on the number of steps. It's such a great feeling to "hit 10,000 steps" after an early 5K race together. The last three years I have received plaques for 2nd or 3rd place in my age group, which has motivated me to not give up if I'm starting to "run out of steam."
I have met so many inspiring people. Not only the runners in their 70's and 80's, but those with disabilities and pain, who participate and don't give up! In the last race that I ran, there was an 85 year old man who began running in his 50's. He said, "You just gotta keep moving and stay alive, then you can eventually win first place in your age group!"