From my friend Linda on Facebook:
Happy Birthday Dearest Kim! I consider our friendship a gift. ♥ Thanks to your Barking Mad Virtual Half, I fell in love with virtual races. I gave that medal to a dear friend who beat breast cancer. You DO make a difference.
Looking back, I never would have imagined that I would have accomplished so much! When my son was born almost 14 years ago, I was overweight and tired all the time! Thanks to Weight Watchers, Tae Bo, and the Firm, I lost almost 60 pounds in the year after he was born! I have gained and lost some of that weight in the years since, I must admit, but never have I felt better than I do right now!
In the past year, I ran 5 Half Marathons, 20+ 5Ks, a 10 Miler, several 5 milers, and 3 mud runs! I started this blog, ran a Marathon, and am making plans to run Dopey! I have muscles under some of the fat that remains, and I don't need my inhaler anymore!
I still struggle with a chocolate addiction, but it is tamed, lol. I gave up Diet Soda, and aspartame. I raised close to $15,000 for Cancer Research and hosted 3 Virtual Races!
I made amazing new friends, thanks to Team Tough Chik, Sweat Pink, Shubeez, and Girls Gone Sporty! One of my new friends surprised me with this:
During my 40th year, I plan to run at least 10 more Half Marathons, countless 5Ks, at least 3 mud runs, one in which involves Zombies, 5 milers, and the Grand Finale? I am going Dopey baby!
The hubs told me last night that for my birthday gift (which surprised me, because he threw me a nice party already!) he will pay for Dopey! Woot! That's $500 I don't have to come up with!
What's Dopey, you ask? He is not just a cute little Dwarf! To become an official Dopey runner, you must run the 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon during Disney Marathon weekend! I am so glad that my good friend Colleen will be going Dopey with me, she got me through the Marathon, and I know she will get me through Dopey as well!
Here are a few pics of my Birthday celebrations over the past week!
|At my Surprise party last week!|
|my birthday cake last night|
|Surprise gift came in the mail, tees for my Teenie and I to wear at our next race!|
|Another surprise gift hanging on my door after work today!|
|My class made me a card and got my favorite cupcake: Red Velvet|
I am having a great 40th!!!
Do you plan on doing anything special for your next milestone birthday?