Christina Herrera – Running into the holidays like…
After losing my mother, sister and dad to heart disease due to complications with diabetes and after having a triple bypass the summer of 2018, I resolved to take better care of me over the holidays. No big holiday celebrations, nothing where I need to worry about planning or being the perfect host. Just me, running my own race, literally and figuratively.
I first ran my first BMW Dallas 5K ever in December of 2018, just seven months after my heart surgery. Since then, instead of having a big holiday celebration I have decided that every holiday season, I will run my race! This December I ran my first 10K and I’m pretty proud of this moment. With the right amount of support and mentorship I completed something that seemed so out of reach.
It looks like next December I may be running a HALF-marathon. Do you see a trend here? Some might call it insanity, but it’s determination. Determination to hold myself accountable to my heart health and make sure my family’s health history changes with me.
I do my best when I’m moving, growing and taking on new challenges, and bet many of you do, too. I hope this holiday season you find your purpose and focus on your own “why”. I see my why every day in my son, the students I teach, and my running friends – and I don’t want to miss a thing!
Is it easy? No. Not by a long shot. Living healthy is a process and one that I have to be intentional about every single day. As they say, slow and steady wins the race.
If I can do something like this, I know you can, too. What is your race? How will you take care of you during these winter months and beyond?