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Happy Mother's Day to All the Mama's Out there!


Friday, May 10, 2013

For the Ladies

On any given morning, my first sight is the glaring green 4:35 on the alarm clock, although, sometimes, its 4:36 and my husband nudges me to shut the darn thing off. Oops.

I stumble to the bathroom where my clothes are stashed then to the kitchen for the rest of my gear: watch, ear buds, water bottle and pepper spray. I down a package of fruit snacks and sneak out the door.

You might be wondering, Why in the world would anyone set their alarm for 4:35am? I am a member of the elite, pre-dawn running population. And by elite, I mean insane.

I must say, pre-dawn is not my first pick for times to exercise. I think it would be kind of nice to run in the daylight, without the headlamp, blinking taillight and other reflective gear, but Im also a stay at home mom, so I need to fit my runs in around our busy family schedule.

Is running really that important? You might ask?

Yes.

I love to run.

I run in the dark. I run in the rain, the snow and the fog. I run in the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.

Most often, I run alone. Its my time to think and dream and plan. Its my time to just be me. Not the mom and wife working to keep everyone else fed, clean and on time for school, play dates and activities.

Im me: splashing through puddles, leaping over potholes, singing and dancing down the street to the beat of my music with explicit lyrics.

Most days, this is the only time I have to just be with myself, to get lost in my own thoughts.

My time on the road helps me to be a better, more patient mom to my little ladies. I find that on my non-running days, Im more sluggish and snappy, but when I run, I have plenty of energy to play and Im far more tolerant of their little lady antics.

Im a better person when I run.



I hear people say all the time, I dont have time to {insert any form of exercise here}.

Me either.

I dont have time. I make time.

My (physical and emotional) health is important to me and Im making it a priority. In doing so, I have to give some things up. The weeknight television shows that are on at 9 or 10pm? I dont get to watch them in real time. Staying up watching TV until 11pm isnt an option when my alarm will be waking me up at 4:35.

Why? Why is all of this important? Id like to think Im teaching my little ladies that exercise is awesome and that they can be girly, wear pink tutus and still be stronger and faster than the boys. I hope that Im teaching them to set high expectations for themselves, that they have no idea what theyre capable of until they try and if they fall short of their expectations, they can try again.



I love that my little ladies already love to run and I love that when they wake up in the morning, they ask me how my run went. I love that when were driving down the road and we see a runner, they want me to put the window down so they can cheer. I love that on the Monday after a big race, they want to bring my medal to school to show their friends.

I hope the love for all things running grows with my little ladies and follows them to adulthood. I think were off to a pretty good start.



Jamie lives with her husband, two daughters and three dogs in central Ohio. She has run 2 marathons, 3 half marathons, an overnight relay and many other races of shorter distances. Jamie tweets about all things running, fitness and parenting related - @runmama2girls.
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/11/2013 11:33AM

    What a great post....

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/10/2013 6:17PM

    That was an inspiring story! But when I first read it I got confused because I thought it was about YOU and I was so shocked that you'd never mentioned being a mom before! Haha.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 5/10/2013 4:10PM

    You painted a great picture of girl power!

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