There’s something good coming, there has to be…

Wow, I will be 30 years old in 5 days. I remember back in high school thinking 30 was ANCIENT!! It is funny when you are a kid how you think by the time you are 30 you will be married, have children, live in a perfect little house (or big one!) Never, ever, ever, did I think this is what I would be doing at 30 years old. I HATED running in high school, the 12 minute mile test was extremely difficult!Β  Now I look back wishing I did run in high school rather than spend my time getting into trouble! πŸ™‚ But, anywho,Β  here I am, following a dream and a talent I didn’t even know I had until a few years ago. It is funny the way life can completely turn tables on you!

Looking to 30 got me thinking about all of the great people I am blessed to have in my life.

I feel super blessed to have a wonderful husband who supports my dreams, who doesn’t mind holding off on having children, who doesn’t mind that our perfect little house is not always the cleanest little house due to my time spent running, working, and trying to get some rest in! Going to sleep at 8pm and waking up a 4am does not equate to a very exciting social life! He doesn’t even grumble when I have to order yet ANOTHER pair of shoes. I feel blessed to have a wonderful family who is so encouraging and tells me how proud they are of me.Β  I feel blessed to have friends that are so supportive and ask about my races and try to make plans to come across country to see me race. Wow. I am one lucky gal.

I feel good saying good-bye to my 20’s. It was a decade of severe ups and downs. I learned a lot, and I feel like I finally know who I am. My 20’s were a very confusing time for me to say the least.

Looking ahead to my 30th year, I know it will be a good one. I feel like there are good things coming. I feel happy, and hopeful, and determined. I feel healthy and feel like I finally know my body andΒ  feel comfortable in my own skin.

So this is it. My last blog post in my 20’s. I bid them farewell and am not looking back. My next blog post will be all about the weekend ahead. I have a time trial half marathon on Saturday and then it will be time to celebrate! Until then, good-bye 20’s, its been a helluva ride!


  1. Without a doubt, You ARE blessed!! I’ll never forget the first time you came to track and we all chatted. Your energy, your BIG smile, (ok, your shy husband who ignored us)… I just knew I wanted to get to know you. Ever since then, our friendship has just blossomed and it’s one of those constants in my life that I know I can count on.

    Your 20’s got nothing on what lies ahead for you and I’m so excited to be a part of that! I love you and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for your life. (this prob should have been written in your bday card but I feel inspired now, so who cares!) . XOXO

  2. Have a wonderful 30th birthday Ariana! You are truly amazing and inspirational! I’m sure there are great things coming your way in the future! CHEERS!

  3. Ariana, I feel blessed to have you for a training partner and new friend. You are inspirational, kind and talented. I’m very eager to watch you succeed!! I have a little secret for you. Yes, the 30’s are great, but the 40’s are AMAZING!! You have years, and years, and years and years and years of DREAMS COME TRUE and WONDERFUL MOMENTS ahead of you!! Life is good and Life is a blessing!!! Live in the moment always!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

    Keep Believing, Susan Loken

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