It’s been a while since we have done a Full Plate Mom Friday post…what better way to start it back up than with my friend and fellow Team Tough Chick Member, Sweat Pink Ambassador, and Rhode Islander, Nicole from the awesome blog, Running While Mommy! Even though we are both from the biggest small state of Rhode Island,where everyone seems to know everyone, living in opposite ends of the state (in Rhode Island the joke is if the ride is longer than 45-minutes you need to pack a lunch) I have only met Nicole in person once–last year at the Gansett Marathon. I’m hoping we will hook up at the Blessing of the Fleet 10-Miler this summer though! Nicole is totally a Full Plate Mom, as you will see from her guest post today:
So, a little about myself first. I am married, 9 years to my love, who is a pilot. He is also retired from the Air National Guard. We have two children, ages 7 and 4 and I stay at home with them. Before staying home with the kids, I was a flight attendant for 10 years. It was a very exciting job, traveling all over the world and meeting some great people. I knew before I was even pregnant, that I would stay home with my children. We knew that with both of us traveling, we would be like ships that pass in the night and our kids would rarely have us home at the same time. This, we knew, would not work for us. I know how lucky I am to be able to stay home and I thank God everyday.
I replayed in my head, a conversation I had had with a girlfriend who runs. She asked me to run with her and I answered, “sure, but only if I can walk.” At that moment, I knew I would run the next day. I have never looked back. Since then, I have run 13 races, two of them half marathons. In 2012, I ran 626 miles, something I though was impossible. And now, my big 2013 goal is to run my first full marathon.
He would like to run a 5k with me, so we will work towards that together. It is sure to be one of my happiest races and one of my best memories. My little one pretends to be running in the house, usually dragging a puppy on wheels. Very cute. I found one of my marathon books in her room not too long ago. I asked her why she had it and she told me, “Because mommy, I am going to run a marathon.” Can you say WOW, she can’t read but she knew what book and plan she needed to get it done. Nice baby girl!
So bottom line. I train and run because it makes me happy and healthy. To do that I make the time, I don’t wait to find the time. If you want something bad enough, then you will make the time too. I get up early and enlist the help of sitters when I have to. I have the support of my family, friends and readers and without it I would not be successful. My support system is also my greatest inspiration.