Recently, with the broadcast of our second podcast, I have had online radio on the brain. So I was stoked to find Angie Mozilo, a 42-year-old, Phoenix-based mom of three young women, on Twitter. Angie’s radio show, dubbed Mom of Many Hats, debuts this Friday at 5 p.m. EST. Tip your hat to her, and tune in.
Best recent run: My best recent run was an early morning long run in March when I was mulling over my senior thesis topic. It was still dark, so I wasn’t distracted by the scenery. Suddenly I had an “a-ha!” moment, and my entire thesis unfolded in the next 90 minutes. That idea turned into an 80-page scholarly article on the formation of identity in our increasingly technological age.
Fortitude in “Fortyness”: Fortyness, to me, is a stage in life. It’s not really about the years in your forties, but the
realizations, reflections, and acceptance (or non-acceptance) of things that have been the norm in the years prior. It is a freeing time, a time to really understand yourself, and a time to embrace the things that make us who we are, as well as being thankful for external things, such as our families and life experiences.
Never too late: When my oldest daughter was in 10th grade, I decided I needed to get some college under my belt before she started. I thought it was a good example for my girls to see me in school. It took me 6 ½ years and it wasn’t easy, but I graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication on the same day that my oldest daughter graduated with her B.S. in Biology.
Journey to Being a Runner: It started with needing to get in a quick workout on vacation. I decided I’d try a slow jog on a treadmill. I was able to go 30 minutes and incorporated it into my workouts. I considered myself a true runner about a year later when my husband and I trained together and ran a half-marathon on our 17th anniversary. I’ve been running ever since.
The C-word: My sister was diagnosed with IBC (inflammatory breast cancer) in February of 2008. This particular cancer is very aggressive and is usually found in stage IV. It is a type of breast cancer that doesn’t manifest in a lump. On the homepage of my blog, I have a checklist of symptoms (the SISTER check) that covers the ways IBC may
manifest. My sister is still fighting, but we are hopeful.
Half-full: I like the half marathon and I’ve run three of them, my absolute favorite race to run is a 10 miler on Thanksgiving Day. I like that distance and the people running the race are so happy to be there. The race benefits local food banks. An added bonus is I get to eat whatever I want for dinner without feeling guilty!
Favorite running hat: My favorite running hat is a white ball cap that says “IBC: The Other Breast Cancer.” I want women to know about this type of breast cancer; I hope wearing that hat sparks them to learn about it. Plus, it’s a darn comfortable hat!