To be honest, 4 years later has turned into 40 lbs. and some really deep frustration. I think there are a lot of 40 something women out there who get this dilemma. I suspect I'm in good company.
I learned from Tami about a run in Chicago on October 3rd. I'm a daily reader of Tami, and I admire her. I consider her one of my allies in my effort to be a good mama to my brown boy. But this time, her effort to move her body inspired me to join her (I even got a shout out on her blog which made me blush!).
So, I started running during our time on the Olympic Pennisula. I started with itty bitty intervals. Friends, I'm talking run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes for 5 intervals. I'm now running 23 minutes non-stop with a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute warm down. I'm on my way to being ready for the 5K in Chicago. I'm proceeding carefully with extra attention given to my plantar fasciitis ridden feet. (Icing them as I type, actually).
I'll be running for a cause: Run for Congo Women. The Women for Women International program teach women the skills needed to start a business to help her end the cycle of poverty and suffering.I'll be using my physical body and my social justice spirit to create a change both within and without. You can read about why I chose this Tami-inspired event at the link. And if you're wondering, Blueberry will be "running" in his stroller with Mr. Silly Pants.
Here is my donation page - I hope to raise enough funds to sponsor one woman for one year (about $400). Please consider this as one of your "good deeds" this week, and thank you for your support - the moral support means everything to me. Whew this was a tough story to share. I'm embarrassed and I'm vain.
*first photo is one I took from a bus in Hosanna Ethiopia with and adorable running boy who had oodles of energy and the second is from one of my very first runs while in WA state*