Friends, since I started running 5 years ago I have learned so much about myself and what my body and I are truly capable of. As part of my running resolutions, I am trying to keep track of all my miles in 2015. Which doesn’t seem like a big deal if you are not a runner – miles are miles and they are all the same, right? Wrong.
Each mile is different. Sure, many of them might feel the same and some are downright déjà vu, but every mile we run, every time we place one foot in front of the other, we’re stronger than the minutes and miles before.
So often, people are surprised that I have time to run while working a part time job, volunteering in all three kids’ classrooms regularly, devoting time and energy to the children’s and women’s ministries at our church and trying to stay on top of all the homework, laundry, dishes, laundry…did I mention laundry? Wanna know my big secret? I don’t *have* time, I make time.
I’ll be honest, I was one of those people years ago – I never understood how others (especially moms) seemed to have it all figured out. They “had time” that I didn’t. Then I started running with these crazy runner girls and realized that they were those moms. They all found time to run and work out before rushing home to get ready for work, to curl their daughter’s hair, check their son’s homework, and maybe even pack their husband’s lunch.
Suddenly, “dark-thirty” didn’t seem so bad. Knowing that I’m not missing out on family time in the morning brings me a sense of peace before I even start my run. We often joke that our morning coffee time is our “Girls Night Out” since it’s usually still dark out!
A friend shared this blog post on her page today – another mom’s story about why exercise makes her a better mom. It’s all the things I’ve ever thought, written down in lovingly organized paragraphs. I don’t know Kim and have never read her blog before today, but I can relate to every sentiment she shares here. (Plus, she has two boys named Mason (also my nephew’s name) and Joshua (also my brother/Mason’s dad’s name) so clearly we were meant to connect!!) :)
I am a much nicer person/mom/wife/teacher/friend when I am able to run. And when I can’t run my mood reflects it! The past 2-3 years I have really made running a priority, because I realized how much I needed it. Do I still get stressed out sometimes? Absolutely! But I am able to take so many more things in stride and I am more thrilled than ever to focus on my husband and family when I return. My worst run is always better than no run at all.
Our children live what they learn. We are setting the very best kind of example for them. To grow up knowing that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of everyone else. To understand that, with exercise and healthy habits, we will be around to love on them and take care of them for many years to come. To teach them to never give up, even when you know you aren’t going win the race you can still win your race.
I could say I don’t have time to run because I am a mom and most people might agree with me.
But I do run…because I am a mom!
What’s your greatest stress reliever?