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My Journey to 40 and Bucket List Along the Way

Cheers to 40! Drinking My Nonalcoholic Butterbeer
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Well, it’s come down to this. I have three more days until my first half marathon – the goal I set for myself before hitting 4-0. Running was my New Year’s resolution, so I ran**…..slowly**.  One of my bucket list items was to accomplish a half marathon by my October birthday. I decided right then and there, I’d complete a half marathon before the end of the year.

I knew I didn’t want to do a BIG half marathon like December’s MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, so I found a new and fun one called The Showdown Half Marathon to be held in Fairview, Texas on October 13. To be fair, there’ll be lots of participants, but October seems like an ideal running weather month – not too hot and not too cold. And, I am confident I can finish a half marathon after running two 15ks. Though I barely finished the first one in blistering July, I had my personal best in much cooler September weather.

Despite the fact that I’ve ruSn only 2x’s within the past week, I’m not the same jittery newbie runner from January. I know I’m a much better distance runner when I slow my pace, stay away from fruits and veggies two days before a race, and don’t wear my race shirt until I’ve actually crossed that Finish Line. I’ve made lots of friends and renewed friendships along the way just at the mention of taking up running as a hobby. I can proudly call myself a runner despite the facts I’m more like the slow tortoise crossing that Finish Line and that most women my age and older can run much faster.

More than anything, I’m proud that I stuck to it and kept the end goal in sight. I have re-ignited the fire, the same one that I somehow lost along the way to 40. For someone who could barely manage a mile before this journey began, my legs can now take me much farther. In terms of health benefits, my BMI is now within the healthy range. I’ve reacquainted myself with better eating habits due to running. Also, I believe I’ve become a better role model for my kids. They see me trying to get healthy and attain a goal.

As you can tell from my past blogs, I’ve definitely kept my family and myself busy these two years. I’ve been trying to cross off the bucket list items I’ve wanted to do since the birth of our youngest child. With the discovery of finding out a few of my classmates had passed away before our 20th high school year and the recent deaths of family members, time became more precious. I knew I couldn’t wait to put my bucket list items off for much longer.

After reading a blog here about a bucket list, I knew, this was the jumpstart I needed.

I decided to cross items off my bucket list. I attempted and failed at a a few; whereas, I succeeded in a few others.

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  • Rode a Mechanical Bull – a lot harder than it looked! And, oh my poor neck from the whiplash.
  • Stomped Grapes – felt great on my feet though it was cold
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride – we couldn’t go up due to weather, but the kids and I entered a Family Fun Run with hot air balloons in the sky. It was beautiful running alongside hot air balloons.
  • Walked the Red Carpet – it wasn’t Hollywood, but we walked the red carpet for the International Film Festival in Dallas. I felt glamorous.
  • Visited  the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Sampled Butterbeer – I was in heaven!!! It was as if was a little girl going to a theme park for my first visit due to the fact that I’m a big Harry Potter fan.
  • Ran a Mud Run – I was super intimidated yet survived this race unscathed.
  • Rode a Camel – okay, it wasn’t in Egypt, but rather the Dallas Zoo. It still counted!
  • Walked  Among Butterflies – got to do this 2x’s in Southlake’s butterfly canopy and once at Fairpark’s Discovery Gardens.
  • Handgun Shooting Lessons – did this with my hubby thanks to one of the discounted coupon sites. It scared me silly, but again, I’m glad I did it.
  • Rode in a Horse Drawn Carriage – it didn’t occur in Central Park, but in Fort Worth. It was lovely!
  • Visited a Southern Plantation – we stopped and toured one in Louisiana and it was awesome. It was more than I expected and has me wanting to visit more plantation homes.
  • Zip line – I climbed to the top and climbed back down. My legs were like spaghetti noodles. I couldn’t do it.
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Flew with My Hubby in a Cessna – finally got to do this for my birthday last year. I thought I’d suffer from motion sickness, but I didn’t. It was amazing and the pilot let me navigate for a few minutes.

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  • Spotted a Kardashian at a Dallas Mavs game – yes, from far away I did. I took a picture of Khloe Kardashian when her hubby, Lamar Odum, played for the Mavericks.
  • Painted a picture like the ones I’ve seen my friends do with a bottle of wine and classroom full of students. I did this with our oldest (minus the alcohol) and it was super fun.
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  • Flash Mob – I’ve backed out of this two different times due to scheduling conflicts. I’ve just confirmed my registration for this Saturday afternoon’s flash mob. It should be fun!
  • Horse Back Riding Lessons – I was ready to get off within the first 10 minutes, but I did it!
  • Grand Canyon – we took a family road trip and visited this breathtaking site.

Above are just a few I’ve accomplished. What are your bucket list items? More importantly, what are you waiting for?

– Cool Playground Mommy


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