Hi friends and fam! As some of you may already know, this year I have officially decided to run the Broad Street Run, a 10 mile race here in the city I call home, Philadelphia.
Growing up I was always heavily involved in sports and physical activity. Since graduating college 6 years ago, all of the curveballs and demands of everyday life have caused me to let that part of me fall by the wayside. For several years I've kicked around the idea of setting this challenge for myself, and this year I've officially done it! My registration is officially sent in, admission fees paid, and I've been slowly getting my body used to running again since Christmas.
So far it has been a very humbling experience of noting that my body is not what it used to be, and having to be kind to myself with meeting myself where I'm at. But through steady practice, patience, and persistence I've been able to slowly begin to feel like a somewhat athletic person again. (Shout-out to Couch-to-5K for helping me make my start!)
I'm doing this for me. I'm doing this for everyone who feels like they've "let themselves go" in a way that feels unable to climb back from. And I'm doing this for everyone who puts self-care and their health anywhere other than first. After all, you can't pour from an empty cup!!
I'll try to post weekly updates about my journey toward a healthier, happier, more self-confident lifestyle as I train for the biggest single physical challenge I've ever undertaken.
In addition to doing this for myself, I'm also doing this to help bring awareness and raise funds for the Fairmount Park Conservancy. As a person employed to tell stories and educate people on the full range of diverse (sometimes complicated and difficult) local history, I love their mission and am happy to be doing what I'm able to in order to help their cause! Anything you're able to give toward my goal and theirs would be very much appreciated!
More about the organization:
Fairmount Park Conservancy brings parks to life. We improve and steward Philadelphia’s parks, enhance their historic and cultural assets, and support the communities they serve. We envision a vibrant, high-quality, and equitable park system that enriches the lives of all Philadelphians and serves as a model for excellence in civic engagement, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, and cultural vitality.