Monday, October 01, 2012
Every mom has felt buried in her families lives at one point or another and thought, will there ever be ANY "me" time?I almost had a nervous breakdown when my now 12 yo was 3, he wrote "everyone's name in the sand." He had Roger(dh) Jake(little bro) Reece(himself and...MOM. Yes apparently anything in the first 38 years of my life was out the window and I was just "mom."Being in that exhausted state that is common with toddlers and new borns on opposing hips I think I started crying on the beach. My husband was REALLY confused.
So when I started this journey it was for me, however it did occur to me that younger and fitter had been my mantra for the older set, now all in their 20's and it was a shame the young crew had out of shape, overweight mom.So I huffed and puffed through workouts. Picked upa few 10K's, tried a half(too long), moved back to 10K's moved into Sprint Tris and du's. Got faster, talked about my races, sported a tutu and basically had some fun while working out. I signed Stretch up for X-country in 6th grade and he did well, he's built for speed unlike his "mom."
I saw a Muddy Buddy 5K + obstacle race and thought, this is such a boy thing. So I signed Stretch and his buddy up. My week was blown work out wise, sick, cranky, busy, wedding hoopla and this race. Saturday found both shorty and Stretch running a local hilly 5K course for the local school. Today at 4:30 am I rolled out of bed, post wedding bash, threw Stretch in the car where he fell back asleep and DROVE. First home(from Sacramento) and then onto San Jose with our buddy in tow. This was the first race either guy had done that wasn't a school or neighborhood event. They were the youngest in their wave at 12. Most folks were late teens and up. As I was waiting in the sun for the finish it occurred to me this might be the biggest positive part of my return to fitness, looping my kids into the health train. Just for the record, they owned this race and finished in a speedy 47 minutes, all 4.5 miles plus the obstacles (8). They were in the top five finish for their wave! 20th overall out of 723 TEAMS!
So this is one of those days that being a "mom" is cool, the day your kid steps WAY out of their comfort zone and does something, I think the smiles and mud say it best! We came, we saw and WE CONQUERED!