I have, in the past, been an athlete. You might not be able to tell that by the state I’m in today but it’s something that I refuse to let go of. Being active in soccer, softball, and volleyball as a child and even into adulthood was something that gave me an outlet, a place to (appropriately) be competitive, built self-esteem, and be a part of a team. I always wonder why I let that part of my life go. Triplets or no triplets, I should have stayed active. It was hard to find time and energy to work out once the kids came along, but I have no one but myself to blame. If I made it a priority, I would still have that part of my life.
The good news is that it’s not too late; I’m not quite dead yet. I still have a chance to get back into shape, join an adult soccer league, and show my kids that being active is something that’s important for everyone, not just kids. I’ve started and stopped working out about 79 times in the past few years, but I think I am ready to stick with it this time. It came about in a weird way- a few weeks ago it became clear that one of our dogs occasionally aggressive behavior is becoming a problem. My first thought is that she needs to be walked more. We do walk her regularly, but it’s been so hot around here that we don’t usually make it too far before we go back home. I decided that the only time that I can take her for a proper walk is before the sun comes up, so I have been getting up extremely early every day and walking our German Shepherd puppy, Pepper, first, and then our mix Lady, second for 30-45 minutes. As I walk them, I try to throw in some “sit” and “heel” training. Hence, I feel like my pace isn’t so great so then when I get back I do a few more miles on the treadmill. Finally- getting the dust off my achy joints and muscles!
As I walk, I use RunKeeper, Rock My Run, and Spotify, and now the Couch25k app to keep me occupied and also keep track of all my progress. I love that I can easily see where I have been and how far I have walked. I just started the Couch to 5K program the other day and I am looking forward to being able to run again. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, and slightly embarrassing to run when you are not in shape but I know that if I stick with it, I’ll be back to where I want to be again. Of course, doing it when no other humans are awake makes it much easier as well.
The best part of it, is that my kids are seeing me do it and cheering me on the whole way. I am honestly going to do this for them as much as for me.