Wednesday, May 9, 2012
April 2012 – Running & Running
The continued prayer is, “Lord keep me focused. Keep my mind stayed on You. Help me to bring You praise. I know You believe in me. Please help me in my unbelief. Amen.”
It’s been almost a month since my last entry and I must say, I’ve missed blogging my experiences. But really, many of my runs lately have been on the treadmill and treadmill runs really aren’t worth writing about.
My treadmill is old and stuck on a 6% incline. I am convinced that this makes me a stronger runner. When I do make it outside, I feel that my run is stronger and faster.
Also, I’ve been much encumbered with the merriment that is my life.
Jordan has started flag football and I get to be that mom who cheers and loads him down with electrolytes, carbs and sugar at half time. That is so much fun for me. Work had also been very busy, as we had been understaffed for one reason or another for weeks, it seemed.
Throughout all of that, I have been determined to make time for runs whenever I can. I’ve been focusing on short and fast and just getting the miles in.
Exercise is grand and great. It really is…. But training is far better. Running with no goal is starting to wear on me. My last race was the Pacific Half and it was a blast.
I am grateful for what I’ve been able to do and if I never get to run another race again, I will still consider myself blessed among women.
However, I’m having bib withdrawals. If I don’t get in another race soon (Any race!), I may do something drastic.
However, for me, It’s not as simple as finding a race and registering for it. I have these pretty little people who live in my house and summer is coming. That means money will be tight.
Any mom who works full time outside the home has the same dilemma: What to do with the kids when school is out! For some of us, it means extra childcare and summer field trips, which costs a grip out here in the land of perpetual sunshine.
One day soon, they will be taking care of themselves and won’t be such a drain on our resources. But for now, they come first. So if that means I have to skip a $150 Half Marathon Registration Fee or reduce my speed drills to a handheld 3-mile stroll, capped off with a trip to Rocket Fizz on a Saturday morning or wait for the Fall racing season to register for a race: I’ll take it….. All day long.
Right now, I’m a Mom who runs. Soon enough, I’ll be a Runner who has kids. When that time comes training can take the place of bedtime stories, trips to the library, baking cupcakes and cuddling & kisses.
For now, my runs will have to be tucked in after practice, when I load the family into the car and send Chris and the kids ahead of me, while I stay behind and run the 5 miles home or run laps around the block after I pick the kids up from school because Chris hasn’t made it in from work yet and I can’t leave the kids or I'll be racking up the miles on the treadmill in the stuffy, hot garage.
Cuz I’m a Mom…… Who runs.