Light footed: sometimes things suddenly are easy!

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I noticed it immediately when I ran out the door this morning: I was light footed!

Instead of my usual slogging across the street, my steps were light and airy. What a wonderful feeling!

Usually running is hard work for me


I almost couldn't believe my luck, and it made me realize that most of my runs are quite hard work. With my mind egging my body on: 'Go on then, lazybones! You can do it!' and my body angrily going: 'Yeah, yeah, hold your horses. I'm doing it, aren't I, but I don't have to like it!'

But now my body was enthusiastically carrying me along, and I almost felt as if I had to reign it in a little. After all I had many miles to go before I could sleep.

Can motherhood be like that?


Why can't motherhood be like that? Sometimes I find it hard going indeed, especially now, after weeks and weeks off summer vacation.

But today's run has given me hope!

If it can happen during a run, it can happen during parenting.
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Running during vacation: how one person's goal is another person's dead end

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View from the top of the dune in Schoorl

One year during summer vacation, we exchanged our comfortable home for a, too small, caravan. The kind where you can't swing a cat, should you want to. However, it did give me the wonderful opportunity to expand my running horizons!

Running from Tuitjenhorn to Schoorl


After all: my legs will carry me only so far. But with a generous lift by car, suddenly I could run from Tuitjenhorn to Schoorl!


I went where I had never gone before!


So I shouted a goodbye to my children and the camping mascotte, and fled the scene. I was quite excited, because I was going where I had never gone before, exploring strange and new worlds, and I have the unfortunate habit of getting lost, even when I'm exploring the beaten path.

But without too much trouble I reached the little town of Schoorl, known for it's big sand dune, and my goal for the day. Because at the foot of the sand dune there's this lovely restaurant where they serve great cups of coffee.

Asking for directions


But having reached Schoorl I succeeded in missing the big sand dune. Luckily I found a friendly lady who gave me directions:

'You take a right, then you take another right, and then you run till you can't anymore, because the sand dune is a dead end.'

That gave me something to think about:

Isn't it strange how one person's goal is another person's dead end?



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The certainty of running

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I don't always find it easy to get myself out the door to go for a run, but I always do.

Because I know for certain I won't regret it.

Motherhood and life don't come with many certainties 


And since motherhood doesn't come with many certainties, except the certainty of love, I just lóve certainties.

I don't think there are many runners out there who say: 'Gee, I wish I hadn't gone out for my run.'

So if you'll excuse me: I'm going out to take my happy run!
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Cloudy, with several clusters of storms

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I feel fed up, and generally in a really foul mood. I don't know what got into me! Usually I'm such a nice kind of girl.

Feeling bad? Go for a run!


Feeling like this calls for an emergency run of course. That's sure to make me feel better. But since I just got my period, my pelvic floor muscles have taken up residence between my knees. And I dare not submit them to the repetitive pounding of running.


Me and my bad mood


So it's just me and my very unpleasant mood. I tried some yoga breaths, but they only made me more angry and frustrated! Now I'm sitting here, malevolently pounding the keyboard.

However, this Sunday I predict a sunny ten miler and a mood to match.

Because really, I'm a nice girl.

If only I can run.
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Vamp up the run: when it's too hot to run during the day

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When streets turned into ice rinks, when show came tumbling down, I still went out for my runs.

'Is that al you've got?!' I shouted triumphantly.

'I won't let a bit of bad weather get to me!'


Mother Nature turned on the heat


But then Mother Nature turned on the heat, and my roars turned into whimpers. Because heat dóes get to me.

It makes me feel hot and irritable, and turns me into an all-you-can-eat-buffet for pesky flies and hungry insects.

So I developed a new technique:

I went vampire. Now I run before the break of dawn, or after the sun has set so I won't burst into flames from the heat.

But I'll be relieved when I can run like a human again.

Unless I run into Edward Cullen during my runs, of course.
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The perks of running with sunglasses

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'Sunglasses, oohoo, to hide behind,' sang Tracy Ullman.

Wearing sunglassed during a run


I certainly like to hide behind a pair of sunglasses while I'm running. It's much better if the world can't see my longing to take a break.

Also, it gives me a pleasant sense of being invisible. So when I see some men coming towards me shouting the inevitable: 'Can't you go any faster', I can pretend I didn't hear them.

Hm, maybe I should start wearing them around the children.


Don't know the song?

Well then you're in for a treat! Because it's a cute song, with a great video and you can watch it right here:


 


The perks of running with sunglasses


Besides being a great way to shield your running self from the world, there are other perks when it comes to wearing sunglasses during a run.


  1. Sunglasses protect your eyes against the glare of the sun.
  2. Sunglasses protect your eyes from scary bugs that try to fly into your eyes. And that can really hurt let me tell you!
  3. Sunglasses can give you a certain 'je ne sais quoi!' Or: they make you look cute : )
But my favorite perk is still that they're great to hide behind. Just like Tracy sang.

Do you wear sunglasses during a run?
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The marathon of motherhood

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As a mom you're naturally equipped to run.


Delivering a baby is a marathon in itself!



It starts with the delivery: a physical endeavour that asks a lot of your body. Just as much as a marathon would. And later, as your child grows up, many mother has to run fast to save her child from danger, like a falling cup of coffee! It's natural fartlek training!


Persistence is key


Just like running motherhood requires persistence. Of course you could quit halfway through, but then what? How are you ever going to get home? There's nothing for it but to plough on!


Running provides balance


Running helps you find balance in motherhood. It gives you 'me-time', a sense of self, confidence and a healthier body.

And hey, you can eat that box of chocolates, since you'll burn the calories right off!
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Running thoughts

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I was running my weekly 10 miler, when around mile 6 my eye fell on the gras shoulder beside the bike path.

I felt it calling out to me, tantalizing, and luring me into its green embrace. Suddenly I couldn't stop thinking about how nice and soft that grass would feel.

Runner down! Runner down!


But a runner lying around somewhere in the grass, probably raises unpleasant questions so I ploughed on. But mentally I made a note, saying when home, make a sign: 'Everything's hunky dory! Just taking a little nap!'


Mama's she's lazy


I ran along, thinking about how to create my sign, when a new thought entered my mind, pushing all the other ones aside. Pinkard and Bowden's song 'Mama, she's lazy' took up residence in my mind as a very unwelcome guest.

But when I got home it was mercifully pushed aside by Helen Reddy's triumphant:

'I am woman, hear me roar!'
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No ragged running!

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A break can really help.
As a mom it's not always easy to fit in my runs, and last week I only managd to squeeze in three. I worried about how detrimental this would be to my running form.


Huh? I became faster?


So imagine my surprise when I ran my 8 kilometers in 50 minutes instead of my usual 60 minutes. Not only that, instead of dragging myself along, wondering why in heaven's name I subjected myself to this, I had fun!

Three times is a charm


Then I read in my favorite running book, Jeff Galloway's 'You can do it', running three times a week is enough to complete a marathon. Two runs to maintain your running form and the third run to increase your distance.

So by training less, I run faster and have more fun!

It almost sounds too good to be true.

Running wisdom: running yourself ragged doesn't help anyone


Then again: it makes sense.

Running yourself ragged doesn't help anyone, neither as a mom, nor as a runner.
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My new running shoes

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It's my body that usually lets me know when it's time to go out and buy new running shoes.

It's little aches and pains that warn me to take a look at my shoes.

Which usually leads to the discovery that the soles are kind of worn out. Like this:


Buying new running shoes about every 11 months

This usually happens after about 11 months. I run 6 times a week.

Unforunately I never get to choose the prettiest pair, because I need shoes that suit my running gait. Sometimes I get lucky, and sometimes I have to buy really ugly running shoes.

This time round they were kind of alright.

Look:



How do you like these running shoes?

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Happy Mother's Day 2017 for all running moms!

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Happy Mother's Day to all running moms!

And here's a little treat for you:

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