Run for you sanity!

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On this fifth day of the kids' school vacation I woke up feeling decidedly anxious. Anxious for no reason at all, unless you count the fact that I was facing another day alone with five rambunctious kids.

While we were having breakfast Ot dropped a knife. Then Piet dropped his knife. Then Jan dropped his knife. And then Teuntje spilled her milk, and I felt like screaming. So when Maartje got into a fight with Piet about who had first dibs on the butter, I decided it was time for drastic measures: I had to go out for a run.

Luckily the kids are finally old enough to be left alone for half an hour, so I hurriedly put on my running clothes and ran out the door like a bat out of hell, or a mom after five days of school vacation.

While I ran I threw away my frustrations about the falling knives, my annoyance over the spilled milk, and my despair of ever having a moment to myself.

As I ran and ran, I felt my anxiousness disappear and make room for a feeling of calmth.

And when I got home and the kids hadn't cleared up the breakfast dishes I didn't even bat an eye.

Thank God for running to keep me on an even keel.

5 comments

  1. thats good you got it all out your system. seems like you had a stressful morning!

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  2. Fun story! It give me inspiration (and confirmation that I am not crazy) :)

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  3. What a fabulous blog! I began running about 1 year ago. I use the term running losely. Actually, I may not be permitted to use it at all since I speedwalk faster than I jog. LOL.

    But, I digress. I love it. It truly does have a way of destressing.

    I'm curious. Do you by chance use the Nike Sport Kit? I have one and love being able to track how far i've gone, my pace, etc. Of course, I've been relegated to my elliptical for a while due to severe cold weather and rain. Hope that clears up soon.

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  4. Maybe I should start running instead of banging my head against a wall! I sure know that hasn't made my thighs any smaller!

    Maybe you can motivate me. I know I need it!

    Thanks for stopping by! I'll be running by yours as well! :)

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  5. It's good you found a way to relax. Exercise does help chase anxiety away, so does prayer.

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