I haven’t been myself lately. I think back to the times that I was happy and felt fulfilled; I exercised daily, ate relatively well, and spent a lot of quality time with my friends. These days, I wake up at 6:30  in the morning with a baby, and go to bed at 8:00 at night with a baby and not much in between that does’t deal with baby.

It’s probably not much of a surprise to you, if you have kids, that it’s hard to do something for yourself on a daily basis. I was juggling two jobs, school, and baby as well as day-to-day “what-will-we-eat-tonight-and-have-I-brushed-my-teeth” stresses. I don’t workout anymore, and the only reason I weigh less than I did before I was pregnant is stress. Straight up stress.

I needed something for me. Something healthy, an attainable goal, and something fun! I have always wanted to run a marathon, or 10K. Ok. let’s be real. a 5K was really going to be the goal there. My friends were runners and I was…well let’s say I walked most of the mile in high school. This might not surprise you either, but I love Disney, and I love Disney Princesses. When I learned about their Disney Princess Half Marathon, I literally went on a high of running or pretending I was a runner (after a mental freak out.) I never committed.

The other night, I decided I’m committing to training to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. My goal date is in 2015 (that’s the attainable and reasonable goal part.)

Following this post here will be a sequence of New Year, New You posts. I don’t feel like me, and I have a feeling 2013 may have put you in the dumps as well. Let’s get out of it! I have a feeling 2014 will be “our year,” our comeback year.

I’m not saying run the half-marathon with me, but I’d love to see you at the finish line!

What are some of your New Years resolutions for 2014?

photo courtesy of  Disney Sports media site.

2 Comments on The day I decided to train for a half-marathon

  1. Sharon
    January 5, 2014 at 12:16 am (5 years ago)


    Good for you! I don’t really make resolutions anymore. I used to have too many and probably never succeeded at even one of them. But, just wanted to encourage you. You are in a season of life right now. Being a Mom (especially of a baby) is hard. And, being a single Mom? I literally cannot imagine how hard that is, especially since you are also doing so many other things. But, I wanted to remind you, this is just a season. I was a disaster the first year of my oldest daughters life. The sleep deprivation, no time to myself, the overwhelmingness of always being needed, etc. But, I am here, now 3 years later to say that it does get better. That first year or so, not only do you have all the demands of caring for your baby, but you also have all the crazy hormones trying to get rebalanced after pregnancy, which makes things even harder. I hope 2014 will be a much better year for you and that you’ll start to feel like your old self again. Or, find that you are a new self, that you like just as much.

    • Maggie
      January 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm (5 years ago)


      Thank you so much for your support! I’m hoping that was all this was, a first year with a baby! That’s why I’ve got hopes for 2014, everything in my life and body has had a year to calm down. :)


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