A huge thank you for all your positive comments on my last post about Kelly’s weight loss. I was so happy he let me share his story, and we both liked reading the responses.
Saturday is my 30th birthday. I remember when 30 was…old. It doesn’t seem that way anymore!
Entering a new decade got me thinking about past birthdays.
My parents used to throw me amazing birthday parties, and my mom always made and decorated the cake to go with the party theme.
On my 5th birthday, we flew to Disneyworld and spent time in the parks visiting our favourite characters!
I remember my 8th birthday. I got a new bike and sat on it, propped up against a wall, watching cartoons all morning while my parents and sister ran around the house preparing for my party.
Fast forward to my 16th birthday. My mom let me skip math class in the morning to take my driving test. There was a snowstorm that morning, but I passed!
On my 20th birthday, Kelly and I ran our first marathon: the inaugural Rock’n’Roll Arizona in 2004. We didn’t train well (just a couple runs over 12km!) but managed to finish hand-in-hand in 3:49:29.
Although it took us five years to run another full marathon, it was the start of something big.
On my 27th birthday we were in Florida after running the Disneyworld Marathon a couple days before.
I’m proud of where I am on my 30th birthday. I hit my stride in my 20s. I graduated from university. I moved out of home. I travelled. We got a dog son. We bought a house. I married my best friend. I found a career I enjoy. I got comfortable in my skin and gained confidence. And I have ran and biked thousands of miles.
Although I’ve been a runner for years, endurance training and racing has kept me going. I’m in better shape now than I’ve ever been (well, not right now after the holidays!). And I love and appreciate the mental and physical benefits now more than ever before.
I have a few goals for my 30s.
I want to get better- at being a good wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend; at listening to my body; at relaxing and going with the flow.
I want to stay active and challenge myself to new distances and faster times. I love running, and it has brought me an immense amount of happiness.
I hope to still be running and crossing finish lines in my next 30 years.
Have you ran a race on your birthday? Any memorable stories from past birthdays?