Saturday, August 21, 2010

Turning 30

Today's 10-miler went a little something like this...

Average of 8:30 min/mile. We seem to be getting faster! Hopefully we won't bomb out during the half-marathon on September 18th!!

So I turned 30 at the beginning of this year and I have to say that I am loving it!! I was perhaps a little nervous at the thought of leaving my 20's behind, but so far 30 has treated me very well. I'm literally in the best shape of my life, I'm stronger and faster than I've ever been and I'm far more comfortable in my own skin. I really enjoyed my 20's, but if my 30's are anything like what these first 7 months have been like for me, they will totally rock my 20's out of the water!!

I think what helps me is seeing other people getting older and still maintaining a high level of health and fitness. Just because you turn a certain age doesn't mean that life is suddenly over. I was listening to a conversation after my yoga class the other night and one of the girls (a mother of three) was commenting that she might have one more child but ONLY if she could do it before she turned 30!! I actually started laughing out loud...the way she said it made it seem like 30 was the end of the road. I actually think 30 is just the beginning of discovering who I really am. I don't seem to compare myself to others as much, I understand my body in ways that I didn't before and I treat it better than I ever have.

So here's a big shout-out to being 30, or 40, or 50, or whatever age you happen to be. Embrace it, show it that it's just a number and you can make it be anything you want it to be (including your best year yet!!)

Talking Point: Have you hit a milestone birthday that actually turned out to be a lot better than you could have imagined? How do you feel about being or turning 30? 40? 50? 60?


  1. I am 27 right now and a do not want to turn 30. I think that is going to be hard for me. I would probably sound like that girl in your class. I hope my 30 is as good as your 30.

  2. Well, your Aunt Teresa just turned 51 this summer. Last year was one of the best years of my life! The one thing I learned in my 20's was to "moisturize, moisturize, moisturize". Our skin is the largest organ of our body

    So I know what you mean when you say, "It feels good to be in your own skin." When you embrace your age totally, and live a healthier lifestyle, it's always nice to look younger than you really are.......Love, Aunt Teresa

  3. Facing the big 4-0 in December. Not excited.

  4. I turn 30 in a one week, and I'm so excited about it. I think that I really was still trying to come into my own in my 20s, and I'm so much more comfortable being me, so I'm excited for this next era. Plus, I'm generally the youngest person in all of my groups of friends, so it'll be nice to not be the one in my 20s.

  5. I agree that turning 30 was great. At 20 I had not accomplished nearly as much, and I stay in good shape as well, which helps. I think as long as you feel confident with yourself any age is great. And, congrats to you for discovering so much about yourself over the last 7 months. You are going to do AMAZING at your half marathon.