Last night, on the way home from a 10 hour day at work, I was mulling over that evening's schedule.
Is there ever a quiet moment in the mommy brain that doesn't involve an agenda?!?
'Get home, change into workout clothes, run, make dinner, baths, PJ's, attempt to get A-girl to sleep in her crib, shower, spend time with Nick, sleep...all before 10:30?'
Practically impossible, right? And in my brain, the thing that most easily lifted out to make everything else happen was running.
I've mentioned before that I'm running 365 miles in 365 days, and 109 days in I've already run over 130 miles. So I'm well ahead of schedule, but have been tapering off lately- only running 2-2.5 miles 3 times a week instead of 3 miles 4 times a week. Again, I'll still meet my goal at that pace, but I know that I can push myself more than I am.
So I had a little sit-down with myself about WHY I am running.
It's not supposed to be a punishment, or something that I have to drag or convince myself to do.
It's a challenge, but one that I was welcoming much more in the beginning, despite the fact that it was harder then than it is now.
So here's the little mental list that I came up with...
*I love the fact that I am ABLE to run... 5K's are no biggie. I never thought I would be that girl.
*Running has completely changed the way my body LOOKS. It's not pushing the weight loss as quickly as I'd hoped, but I feel different and fit into my clothes differently.
*This may be TMI- but I love the sweatiness that I get from running that I have never had from any other form of exercise. It's cleansing, and I feel like all the toxins are pouring out.
*I love running with people- mostly Nick or my sister Erin. When Nick and I run, it's a great chance to catch up with each other... though truthfully he does most of the talking because I'm too out of breath to tell a story. And Erin and I have grown so much closer running together twice a week.
These are the things I need to remember when I'm driving home with a lot to do- because running makes me happier, which makes bath time more fun and bed time more tolerable.
Even if it means bed time moves from 10:30 to midnight.
Sleep is overrated, right?
(That's just something tired people say.)