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the 40th year of the garden chick

Monday, November 21, 2011

This post is still motivating to me so I decided to save it as a blog to myself.

1-16-09 All right, so its another year. 2009 and the year I turn the big 4-0. And I am not scared one bit! Bring it Mother Nature, you don't scare me. I am a streamlined, healthy woman who has been through worse than turning 40. I look forward to it. I have embraced it and am even excited to be part of this age group. I have so many inspring and awesome examples in my life of what "life is after 40" that it sounds kind of fun. My running group is an amazing assortment of "after 40's", my own mother, my cousin Michele who is my hero, my friends here who have hit that number before me all make it seem like a little bit of nothing. I am honored to walk to line before a lot of my other friends and even my husband. I want to be one of the people on their list who can say made 40 seem so normal.

I am not sure what to expect of 2009, other than my looming lurch into another decade which I will celebrate by doing my first trail marathon with the running group. 2008 will be hard to top. I graduated from college 18 years after I quit. I ran 3 1/2 marathons. One with the Martians-yep green ones, once with Hungry Ducks-mmmHmm and the 3rd to honor a life taken too soon. I ran (yes, ran baby) my first FULL 26.2 in Detroit and exceeded my time goals. I ran a few local races placing in most. I ran the Mackinaw bridge-twice. Once with my Dh in his first and only race and the second time as a lottery draw to run with our Governor. During that one I also got to run with Bobby Crim who is an idol and the creator of the run in our town that made me start running in the first place--how cool is that! (I have a blog on it with a pic too) For someone who does not like bridges it was the year for them as the Detroit Marathon has the Ambassador bridge into Canada that we ran with Elvis (not kidding since I have the image burned into my brain) so there is 3 crossings. I also ran the worlds only International under water mile in a marathon by coming back into the USA through the tunnel in Detroit during my marathon. How Cool! While running I saw a lot of beautiful sunrises, a skunk stuck in a jar, herded sheep back to a pasture, saw migrating Sand Hill Cranes, ran on ice during a thunderstorm, saw lots of deer and met a lot of great people. And I ran healthy. I have 2 marathons on the board already with more coming I am sure. 2 1/2's are planned as well as trying to get back to my pre-injury pace of 7:03 in a 5k.

I also got the unique opportunity with my job to learn to see life in a different way and with much appreciation for what I have. And what I have is a very blessed life. I have learned to be happy that the laundry is piled up because it means I have enough clothes to wash and the means to do it. Same with dishes. It means I have food to eat. I have family and friends that I care about and they care about me. I have a very good man in my husband. You see I work for a Domestic Violence program that also runs a shelter. Unfortunately I will be leaving it soon, but will take the life lessons with me forever. I will think twice before I complain about life or luck. The women I have met in the past 18 months have left a mark on me and I only hope that I could have their courage.

On a lighter note I would like to maintain my weight for another year, work on continuing healthy habits and improve a couple. Why is beer so good? lol.
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