Wednesday, January 6, 2010

now I get it ...

This past fall, during marathon training, G and I were completing mid-week eight milers. I thought they were agony. I hated the thought of getting up early to run them (so not an early morning runner) and squeezing an eight miler in while taking care of three little ones is not an easy task. But somehow, I logged the miles, rather begrudgingly.

G, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy these runs. She even said to me, "Once this training is over, I think I am going to keep doing these mid-week long runs." I looked at her like she was crazy. I just couldn't understand why anyone would want to or could manage doing that. Until yesterday.

You see, yesterday was the first day of preschool for Doodle (she and Dizzle are now in the same class). Which meant it was the first day that I only had one child to watch. For four hours. It was bliss. My house was quiet. I wasn't stressed.

Taking advantage of my lighter load, I put Dilly down for a nap and jumped on the treadmill. My plan had been to run three. But while I was running (and decompressing) I wanted to go further. So I did. And in that moment, I understood what G was talking about. I could picture a day where I had no kids to watch (or just one to push in the stroller). I could picture a long mid-week run with ease. It was magical. And I can't wait for it to happen ...

8 comments:

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

that sounds magical. My kids are both napping now (rare occasion) and I can't tell you what I wouldn't give to have a treadmill right now!!!

Alicia said...

My little one started preschool last year and I take advantage of every moment that I am without kids at home. Don't get me wrong, I love my boys but it is SO nice to have a moment to breathe.

Enjoy!

April said...

That is great you got some mommy time and some peace today! I'm sure it was much needed! I too dream of the day when I have the freedom to schedule long runs in advance instead of sneaking them in when I can.
Have a great day!!

Zoƫ said...

Right on with the treadmill running! Don't you just love those "ah HA!" moments? :)

Katie A. said...

AWESOME! Great job on the run!

Nicole said...

And that's exactly why having #3 may be on hold indefinitely for us! It feels so good to get my "life" back! I'm still not sure I could do 8 miles on a treadmill though....

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Amen sister!! Course I don't have the kiddos mid-day but I get it..as much as I can working and having my hubs take care of the kiddos, OK maybe I don't get it totally, but I am GLAD that you have found a way to get it done..

momof3 said...

I think your exact words may have been, "are you on crack?" I'm just sayin'.

I am SO glad you get what I was unsuccessfully communicating to you last fall. ~sigh~