I was an Army wife for 24 years. I miss the military life, however, my sons have fulfilled that void by serving in the Army. My oldest son, Michael, served four years, and my youngest son is currently serving. My oldest child, Monica, is expecting her second child and has a two-year-old son, Sylvester.
Once my husband, Mike, retired from the military in 2005, I started working full-time teaching elementary and middle school. We always said that he would work the first twenty years and I would work the second twenty. I landed my dream job as a special education/math high school teacher five years ago. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for special needs children. Growing up, one of my best friends was mentally disabled. I made it my mission to include her in my life. I am so thankful that I can make a difference in my students’ lives.
I owe my success in running to my husband, who has been my rock and running coach. I went to all his races, waiting in the wings cheering him on. Three years ago he ran the Flying Pig Half Marathon, where I watched intently as the participants finished. I was surprised at the variety of the finishers. I thought to myself, I can do this! I started with baby steps, walking a couple minutes and then running a couple minutes, until I was running 30 minutes at a time. Since then, I have been running on a regular basis.
I have run 5Ks, 10Ks, five half marathons and a 15-mile race. It has been almost two years since my first shoulder surgery and nine months since my total shoulder replacement. I feel those surgeries are just hiccups in my training. I am looking forward to the years of running and racing to come!