My name is Julie. I’m 48 years old and have two kids, 24 and 21 and I live in North Texas.
I finally lost my baby weight before my “baby” got married last year. Yeah, I know 24 years later … but I did it! I started working out and run/walking and lost 40 lbs. I absolutely love to run but I pretty much suck at it. I start every race near the back of the pack, blending into the crowd wondering what the heck I’m doing there and questioning if I’m good enough to be there. I have finished every race I started and even won a couple of 3rd place medals (yes, small races but hey, it’s a medal). There is no better feeling in the world than to have my husband and kids be proud of me yelling “go Mom” and “you can do it”! My first grandbaby is due next February and I will be a stroller-grandma finishing 5K’s with that baby!
#1 on my bucket list is to run a half marathon. Just once and never again – I want to do it. I was up to 7 miles in February when I got a stress fracture in my hip. About the time I was healthy enough to train again, my mom got sick and passed away, then two weeks after that my dad was in the hospital for surgery. I gained 15 lbs in a month and felt like my world just stopped turning. Every day is still a struggle but I’m back at it, running at a blazing speed of 12 ½ minute miles. Every day is one day further away from my mom but when I’m outside running I feel like I can breathe.
I sing, I sweat and I praise God for every step I take. And one day, hopefully next year, this heifer WILL finish that half. I love this group and the encouragement and support everyone offers. Thanks for letting me be a heifer, too!