Monday, March 16, 2009

a big weekend

I turned 40 on Saturday. I know most people dread that birthday, but honestly, I was excited about it. 40 is a big deal. It's not something to dread, it's something to embrace. And I did. With gusto.

A few months ago I decided that age as all about attitude and if I wanted my 40s to be the best years of my life, then they would be. In order to make that happen, I had to take back control of parts of my life that I had let go. My health, my weight, my attitude.

I found out that the Little Rock Marathon was the day after my 40th birthday so I decided that was fate. That was the universe telling me to get off my fat, lazy bum, and get back to me. The healthy, happy me.

So in October I started training for the half-marathon. God I hated it. Every damn agonizing minute of it. I fell off the wagon a few times. Did the self-sabotage thing I'm so good at. Whined, moaned, groaned and almost quit.

But around Thanksgiving, something in my brain clicked. If I wasn't going to do this now I would never do it. And what kind of example would I set for my kids if I just gave up? So I changed my goal to run the 5K and I started pounding the pavement and training 4-5 days a week. After about four weeks, I realized I was no longer bitching about the gym. I was actually enjoying it.

What the hell had happened?

Well, I was feeling fantastic. Better than I had in years. And I didn't want that to go away.

Yesterday was the big day. I had a goal to run the entire 5K (3.1 miles). I knew it was going to be hard, the furthest I had run so far was 2.25 miles so I was basically adding another full mile to my run. Another 13-14 minutes. I didn't know if I could do it, but I was going to try.

Well, I did it.

I ran the whole way. Averaged a 13.33/minute mile and I finished in the top half of the registered participants.

I felt like a rock star when it was all over. A tired rock star, but a rock star nonetheless.

This just goes to show that no matter your age, size, or limitations, you can do anything you set your mind to. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever run and enjoy running a 5K I would've hurt myself from laughing.

Now I'm planning to do more.

So set your goals. If I can do this, you can do anything!


  1. You are the coolest person I know.

  2. You go, girl!! What an achievement. I am in the 40 yr. old sisterhood too, and you've inspired me.

  3. Wow! What an accomplishment! I'm taking my hat off to you!!!

  4. Amanda Brice1:03 PM

    Awesome, girl. That must have felt fantastic.

    I've only run one 5K ever. And it was the first time I'd run anything more than a 100 m sprint since high school. (I don't run. Ever. As a rule.)

    I'd planned to walk it with my friend, but at the last minute she decided to run it, so I got stuck running it, too.

    NEVER again. LOL!

    Happy birthday!

  5. You are a rock star!!!!!! Congrats Mel on being 40 and being a runner!!!!

  6. thanks so much you guys! it just goes to show that we really can accomplish just about anything we set our minds to!

  7. Dude, you rock harder than a rock star. Bono wants to be you when he grows up.

  8. Yay, Mel!!!! That's so inspiring!

  9. Mel, happy birthday to you. You are truly awesome. XOXO

  10. I'm like... crazy proud of you.

  11. Anonymous4:47 PM

    You da bomb, lady.

  12. I'm So FREAKING happy for you!! that's such an amazing accomplishment! Congrats, I can't wait to see what else you do!

  13. Happy Birthday, and congratulations! =o)