There are a few things that I'm good at.
There are several things I am not so good at.
Running is one of the latter.
No matter how hard I try or how long I train, running is excruciating for me. I count the minutes. I pray for it to be over. I have to become a motivational speaker in my head... "You can do it!"
So when I put on this list HERE that I wanted to run (not walk!) a 5K, my college roomie sent me message and suggested that we run the Carlsbad 5000 together.
There's no other 3.1 miles that I'd rather run than the Carlsbad 5K. It is on the coast in one of my favorite cities. And to run it with one of my favorite people, I knew I had to say "yes."
So I did. Then I ran 3 days a week at the gym for a couple of months despite arthritis (thank you lupus) in my knee that made me want to quit more than once.
But I didn't.
The best part for me: Accomplishing a goal with my friend by my side.
The best part for the kids: Yummy treats after waiting 33 minutes for me to run.
Today when Kevin and I loaded the 3 boys in the car I was excited to check this item off of my "want to do this year" list. I was looking forward to the boys who usually just see me cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring them from different activities, do something goal oriented.
There were several times during the race that I wanted to to stop. The sun was beating down, I had lactic acid in my shoulder, and I was just plain tired, but I didn't give up.
It helped that my friend, Andrea, was like Bob from The Biggest Loser and kept cheering me on. She ran earlier with her husband so this was her 2nd time doing the race in one day. She used to do cross country in high school. Blast those runner types!
And when we ran towards the finish line, I noticed that I finished 10 minutes less than my time at the gym! I was thrilled with my time and elated that the run was O-V-E-R.
I think as parents it is imperative for us to set goals outside of the parenting realm. The last 3 years since we had our youngest were a bit like walking through a foggy forest. I've realized that it is time to do somethings for myself and that I don't have to feel guilty for it.
So what is your gig? What is it outside of parenting that makes your heart skip a beat? Are you taking time for yourself? It doesn't have to be much. It surprises me with how little time I really need to recharge.
You deserve it. Go for it.
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