I started seeing a strange trend among my friends the past couple years. All of the sudden my Facebook news feed was filled with statuses bragging about the number of miles run and training plans for races. I was just as guilty as the rest of them and I contributed my own fair share of boasting. Yes, I know a woman is never supposed to talk about her age; however, directly after ringing in the 2010 New Year, I said hello to the last birthday I would celebrate in my 30’s. Suddenly my annual New Year/Birthday Resolutions became a bucket list of things to do before I (gasp!) turned 40. What was on the top of my list? Running a Half Marathon. 10 years ago this would not have seemed like such a lofty goal. My husband and I lived at the Camden community where I worked and I took full advantage of the fitness center and a jogging trail through a park next door. After we settled into a house in the suburbs with our 2 little girls, I found it more and more difficult to find the time to indulge my passion for running. In 2010 I not only made a promise to myself to train for a long race by the end of the year, I announced my intentions to all of my Facebook friends and anyone else who would listen. I figured the more people knew about my crazy journey, the more they would keep me going when I wanted to quit. A funny thing happened when I started talking about a Half Marathon, more and more of my friends started running journeys of their own. Even my dear hubby, who always abandoned running because of his knees, decided that this was the perfect couple’s activity, especially since his 40th
was 5 weeks before mine. Let me be VERY clear: I do not look like a runner. It has been almost 2 years since I threw myself into long-distance and I still look like a couch potato! However, at my last physical my doctor not only gave me a clean bill of health, she said I was in PERFECT shape, despite carrying far too many pounds. :) I guess I should be satisfied knowing that my pursuit has cleaned up my insides, if not my outward appearance. I am smack-dab in the middle of training for my 3rd
Half Marathon, and my husband has graduated to training for a Full in December. Our friends and neighbors have joined the fun and we now have an informal running club supporting us this year. We all run by ourselves, but there is always someone checking my progress or asking about my runs. It’s hard to wimp out on a training day when I know that my friend will call later to ask how it went. Having a group of people that shares our passion has made this training year so much easier than last year. One of the greatest advantages of living in an apartment community is the amount of diverse people who make up your neighbors. Of the several hundred people who make their homes in the same community, it is practically guaranteed that several will share whatever hobby or sport you are interested in. Take advantage of your Community Office to help organize some informal groups. Make sure you go to all of your resident events so that you can meet the people around you. You might even be able to post a flyer in the mail area or use the community’s social media outlets to gauge interest in a running (or other activity) club. Let your Camden staff help you make the most of your home! Here’s to a happier and healthier you!