Around 8 years ago I remember taking The-Then-2-Year-Old on local trail for a hike with The Husband. It was a warm summer day and we strolled at the toddler’s pace until he tuckered himself out.
We stopped at a little creek for some splashing when I heard someone coming. I hustled the toddler to the side and a young woman came pounding through splashing as she hopped from rock to rock. I looked up, gave her a smile and then looked at the husband in disbelief.
You mean people run on trails? RUN? With all the rocks and roots and hills and bugs and… I mean… really?
People do that?
I simply couldn’t imagine but was intrigued.
She looked so happy and healthy and fit.
It was during this time I was already maintaing my weight loss but that loss was all a result of changing my diet. Sure I was more active. I walked and went on these “hikes” but that was really the extent of the exercise I was doing back then. I was just starting to get an itch to do more.
Tonight, after a long day of work and kids and cooking dinner (after some internal debate), I left the dirty counters, the clothes in the dryer and the messy living room. I threw on some old running clothes. I kissed each kid. Thanked the Husband. And headed out to a local trail.
Of course my stupid GPS wouldn’t work, which sucks because the elevations are insane and I really wanted to see the data, but that’s OK, they have a map at least!
I ran the pink to the blue loop and loved every hilly minute of it!
I’ve become THAT girl! That girl pounding her way happily though the woods with a big smile on her face leaving the day’s stress behind and enjoying the silence.
Walking led to joining a gym which led to running which led to weight lifting which led to bootcamps which led to Tough Mudders which led to CrossFit which will lead to…. well… who knows!
Watching that girl 8 years ago I really didn’t think it was possible yet here I am all sweaty from my run.