My Journey: An Interview with Mother & Runner, Ginny Costello

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LAC: When did you decide to start making your health a priority? 

Ginny: After having my 2 children at a later age, I was close to 40 when my 2nd son was born.

LAC: What or Whom inspired this decision? What were your goals?

Ginny: I knew I would always be an “older” adult parent, and felt it was important to be active and healthy in order to keep up with my children and other younger parents.

LAC: How did you get started?

Ginny: After my second child I trained for a marathon. Ran 2 marathons in Orlando. I was over 40 years.

LAC: What did you do to improve your health? How did you stay motivated?

Ginny: I joined a fitness club and met so many moms that also enjoyed working out. The friends I met became my motivation. I also ran for Leukemia foundation and raised $8,000.00, towards a great cause.

LAC: What positive changes did you see in your life? What was the biggest challenge?

Ginny: I have tons of energy! The friends I met 24 years ago are still close friends. I also set a good example for my boys, who also make exercises a priority. Finding the time was the biggest challenge! I had to get up and exercise before my husband went to work, while the boys were asleep. I still enjoy my morning workouts.

LAC: Did you have any friends or family to support you? If so, describe how they impacted your wellness journey? Or, were you on your own?

Ginny: The friends I met at the club were my support. They made it fun and social besides hard work. I often ran with a group of several friends.

LAC: What did you learn throughout this process? What are you doing now to maintain your health?

Ginny: It is great having a workout partner! You don’t want to let them down. Not showing up wasn’t a choice when a friend is counting on you. I still workout 5 days a week. Not running a lot, but I like variety and do classes, meet a friend for a 5 mile walk, machines, couple miles on treadmill. I also try to pay attention to eating healthy.

LAC: Final Thoughts? Is there anything else you would like share about your story?

Ginny: Not working out has never been an option. It is just a part of my day, like brushing my teeth. Now that I am older I have learned moderation. Workouts don’t have to always be hard. Walking the dogs or cutting the grass can be a fun way to get moving. My whole family enjoys coming to LAC. I have always encouraged them to be active. I think I have set a good example.