Training for a half marathon isn’t the only challenge I am presenting myself with. There’s also the whole paying for this part. Being a one income family, you learn quickly where to save when you can. And it’s hard in today’s world. Add that with the fact that I am horrible with actually saving money, and it could be a recipe for disaster. Sure, I shop sales, am extremely coupon savvy, and know how to stretch our dollars, but when it comes to actually putting money away, it’s not one of my stronger suits. Sure, we have savings, but saving for something smaller and tucking money away has never been something I am good at. I start tucking it away and then something pops up, my self control not to spend goes out the window, I have every intention of replacing what I have saved, and well, when it comes time, I end up short.
So what’s a girl to do when she is no good at keeping money from herself? Well I’ve come up with a couple of different ideas. The first will be gift cards. Disney makes gift cards that you can use for anything Disney, not just in their stores, but also to pay for hotels, meals, park tickets, etc. So I have decided that with my small weekly paycheck(I work a small online job from home), I am going to buy a $25 Disney gift card. I won’t be able to spend it, so it’ll be saved. I’ve also started my own piggy bank. My kids have tons of piggy banks and whenever I get change I divide it among them. But not anymore kids! My change will go into my own little piggy bank. One that I got all crafty with, painted, bedazzled and ribboned out.
I’m still looking for creative ways to save, but think I’m off to a good start.
To get back into the swing of running, I decided to start the Couch To 5k program. I actually decided to start it yesterday, but well the couch was much more appealing than the 5k. I get the kids in bed, and had every intentions of taking myself out that door, but at the end of the day, it’s so hard to get up the motivation to keep going.
I knew I had to do it tonight. Last summer I met the same wall when I started running, and I was quick to find that “runner’s high”. It got to the point where I actually craved running. I hope that it happens again. So after a particularly rough bedtime routine involving my two younger children, it was actually a relief to get out of the house. And I will tell you, it’s much easier to start when you are somewhat in shape. I remember last summer, being years from any kind of exercise, the first basic days of the C25K were killer. I was huffing and puffing through the 60 seconds of running. This time was different, and dare I say it was a relatively easy workout. I certainly wasn’t dying by the end, which gives me the slightest sliver of hope that I will be ready for 13.1 miles on February 24.
I’m not sure if anyone will actually read this blog. I started it as motivation, hopefully to hold myself accountable when it comes to training. My name is April. I am 29 years old. I am a stay-at-home wife and mother to 3 gorgeous kids under the age of 7. My life is crazy busy and I often neglect one of the most important people-ME! Aside from chasing 3 children and Zumba class once a week, I’m not all that active. Sure, many might say my life is plenty active, but it’s not where I want to be. I put college and a career on the back burner. As I quickly approach 30, I find myself wishing I had accomplished a little more in life. Sure, I adore my family, and couldn’t even begin to be as thankful for my blessings as I would like to be. I wouldn’t trade my life for the world. But I want to hit 30 with a large accomplishment under my belt. So this is where the activity, and the focus of this blog, comes from.
Last summer, after having my youngest baby, I started running again. I ran long distance track in high school. I had a friend who does the Disney Princess Half Marathon every year. In 2011, I watched from my couch as she ran this half marathon 6 months pregnant. I vowed to do it this year. I started off so well, and for several weeks I ran nearly daily. Using the Couch to 5K program, I got back into decent shape pretty quickly. But I was breastfeeding my baby, and this exercise had a major negative impact on my milk supply. One excuse led to another and by fall I had completely quit running. And once again, I watched my friend run the Princess Half again this year. I decided that 2013 will be my year. I will turn 30, and I’d say a half marathon is quite the accomplishment to celebrate for my birthday.
This race is really a win-win for me. As mentioned above, big accomplishment. Lots of health benefits too. And of course, there is the fact that I am a Disney World freak. We go at every chance we get. Since 2007 we have been 5 times, and we’re heading back for a quick 2 day trip this fall when we go down to Florida to visit friends. So the fact that I will get to spend several days at Disney World for this race is a HUGE bonus. Without kids to boot. If I have to run 13.1 miles to get a kid free vacation to Disney World, well I think that’s a pretty fair trade.
So that’s my back story. Wish me luck!