Declaring “Fifty is Fabulous”… Because She Can!
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared one of Your Stories, so I’m happy to bring you Tess’s story today. I met Tess when she came to one of my book signings. We soon discovered we share a few interests… running, eating well and drinking wine.
Since we only live a few miles apart, we’ve enjoyed connecting via all three… including a few fabulous Cook N Share evenings, Tess hosted at her house.
So when she recently accomplished a major goal after dealing with some delays and challenges along the way, I asked her if she’d share her story with us, because I love her positive attitude about turning 50. (maybe because I’ll be looking at that in a few years)
Tell us a little about yourself.
I began running in 2009 during a stressful time in my life. It gave me the chance to be alone and sort through my thoughts…. or to not think at all.
Actually, I began walking, which turned into occasional jogs and then eventually running. My husband was shocked by this new behavior because I never liked to run, but soon I was hooked.
You set a goal for yourself a few years ago,
what was it?
After signing up and running a few local 5k races, I wrote down that I wanted to do a half marathon before I turned 50.
At the time I was about 46 or 47 yrs old and 50 sounded so far away.
In reaching that goal, what did you discover about yourself?
I had originally planned to run a half marathon in October of 2012 but because of IT band pain and going to 2 physical therapist… I had to pull out of that race. It was disappointing and I was afraid that I may have to give up running altogether.
But, I kept doing the exercises from my PTs and also starting to go to a chiropractor which helped tremendously. (I love how she didn’t give up. She kept doing what she can!)
And what did you discover about age, especially the ‘big’ one you recently reached?
I learned that I was stronger than I thought, because the old me WOULD have given up. Now I am running mostly pain free and I did meet my goal. I ran my first half marathon 5 days before my 50th birthday. (Woohoo!)
I don’t feel that old…
not what I thought a 50 year old should feel like.
I believe I am fitter and stronger than ever before!
Fifty is Fabulous! - Tess Eby
Have you set any goals for the future, either for soon or for the next decade?
I am surprised that I am thinking about doing another half marathon… maybe the Garden Spot Village half in April of 2014. So I continue to train, running 3-4 days a week. I hope to be able to keep that up over the winter months. Maybe my goal to do just one half will turn to 2… or 3.
What does a well-lived day look like to you… or in other words, if you knew you were dying tomorrow, what would you do today?
I hope to live a long, healthy life and to still be able to run 5ks well into my 70s. I am so inspired by the older men and women I see along the trails that are still out there doing what they can.
Of course there is no guarantee that if you take care of yourself… eat a healthy diet and exercise… that you’ll live a longer life. Only God knows the number of our days. But, I believe that if you do those things you will live a happier life and in turn make those around you happy too!
Thanks for sharing your story Tess!
Keep on doing what you can, because you can!
Readers, if you have an comments/congrats or questions for Tess,
please share them below.
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