Why did I start to blog? Well one of my besties blogs here, at Life Began at Thirty. She's met some really cool people over the years, meets them at races, and I think that's cool! She tells me all the time that she's met some really cool peeps and lets face it, I'm jealous!!!
So lets get on with it!!! My name is Michele, I'm a mom/wife/runner/student/nurse from central Virginia. I am married to my high school sweetheart (and yes, we are happily married, amazing, right?) and we have a son that is in middle school this year, YIKES!! We also have two four legged kiddos, Lola the pug and Oscar the boxer. I've been a nurse for nearly 11 years and I'm currently working on my BSN in nursing and hopefully after I get that, I'll either go to medical school OR possibly a nurse practitioner that specializes in something sports related. I've always wanted to be a doctor, but wasn't able to get on that track until this past summer. Since unfortunately I'm not getting any younger, we'll see how I feel after I get my BSN.
So what else do I do? Well I run, and I love it. I've been running for four years now, on a regular basis. (I've ran in the past, but the last four years I've been consistent.) I first started running because I needed to lose weight (isn't that usually the reason?) and my husband was coming home soon from Iraq, and lets be honest here, who doesn't want to look hot when the hubby comes home? Anyway, so I ran, and I hated it. I mean actually hated it, it was hard, it wasn't fun, I felt horrible, I could hardly breathe, and did I mention it was hard? But I did it anyway, because I was losing weight. So I kept it up, not seeing the other things that were changing in me. Then the hubby comes home and tells me we should run a marathon together. I thought he had lost his mind somewhere over in the middle east, seriously. So a couple of months later, and much convincing from my hubby, we both signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2009. I honestly didn't think I had it in me. I would often ask myself during training runs, "what the hell am I doing?" We had a lot going on during that time frame as well. We moved from Germany to Virginia, and soon after we moved, we got word he was deploying again, literally right after the marathon. So not only were we dealing with moving, getting the kiddo settled into a new school (his fourth by they way, and he was only in 2nd grade), we were training, AND preparing for a deployment. About 3 weeks before the race I was doubting myself and my training, and I'll never forget what the hubby told me. He said I needed this. I need to do this marathon, that I needed this in my life. At the time I thought he was insane. But after I finished my first marathon, I realized what he meant. I did need that. I needed to know that I could do it. I needed to know that MY training got me to the start line AND the finish line. It changed me, inside and out. It changed the way I look at life. I know that sounds silly to some, but I felt like I could do anything if I wanted to, that anything was possible.
So that is it for now, I'm sure we'll get to know each other a little better over time!