Hi! I’m Coco, a 40-something wife, mother (empty-nester), attorney, and runner.
This blog catalogs my thoughts, experiences, struggles, and triumphs as I try to balance everything life throws my way with fitness and faith. Staying fit helps me get through the daily stresses of work and family, while my faith helps me handle the bigger issues.
I have been running since 2001, through the trials of injuries (including a 6-month lay-off after a DVT), raising teenagers, and managing a successful but stressful career. My friends, family, and faith keep me going.
I was overweight and out of shape most of my life, and it only got worse during law school. I graduated with 20 extra pounds and too many extra blood pressure points. I dieted away my law school weight and more, lost over 40 pounds, and became “skinny” for the first time in my life. I quickly learned that I would have to exercise to keep the weight off, and made exercise a part of my daily routine. I truly love the way exercise makes me feel–nothing beats endorphins.
I also love the way good food makes me feel, and am a firm believer in daily doses of chocolate. I also like strong coffee, heavy red wine and dark beer.
If you want to read about my weight loss journey, I shared it on Carla Birnberg’s blog (MizFitOnline) here.
If you want to read about how I finally overcame stress eating, I shared it on Fitblogger here.
My Christian faith is a core part of my identity, and I want to let others know that God’s love is offered to everyone.
The name of this blog is inspired by this Bible passage from Hebrews 12:1-3
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
That’s a bit dramatic for a blog, especially when I don’t take myself so seriously, but it expresses my “I will never give up” attitude, and reminds me that my ultimate goal is not a finish line here on earth.
(2010 Army 10 Miler)
I hope you enjoy my blog!