I'm one of them now...

At high school I used to be that girl that always came in last during a run. I hated running: it made me sweat, blood rushed to my cheeks and made me look like a bright tomato. If there had been a t-shirt saying 'Running is stupid', I would have been proud to wear it!

But then, when I'd just given birth to my fourth child, a friend told me how she ran around the park whenever she got the chance. She described runs around lakes, passing ducks en birds and just thinking to herself: 'Isn't life great?!' 'And', she added, 'running calms me right down!'

In spite of my antipathy for running my interest was piqued, because in my busy schedule as a mom of four, I was always looking for some calm in the storm. I found a training schedule for beginning runners, and for a week I huffed and puffed myself through a walk. I carried my little son with me in a sling. After a week I hardly huffed and puffed anymore and got to run for 1 minute at a time!

The schedule gave me something to hold on to. Slowly but surely I could last longer distances and after about five months I reached my goal: to be able to run for half an hour. I was so proud of myself! Look at me, the girl who used to finish last!

Running does give me calmth, just as my friend promised. It gives me a sense of balance and a sense of accomplisment. It's hard to feel down after an hour of running, believe me I've tried. And getting my figure back quite easily was a nice bonus!

This blog is for all moms out there who are looking for some peace of mind, health and satisfaction.


Stacey said...

Hi there.
Found your blog through blog catalog.

Anyways, love your blog and what I am reading here! I agree about running bringing peace as a mom.

I will be back!

Teresa said...

I stumbled across your blog a little while ago, but have been kind of shy about commenting. I know this is an older post, but I can relate to it in so many ways. Anyhow, I will try to stop by often as it's nice to find other moms who haven't always been runners.

Unknown said...

I don't like running either, but it is the one thing that really works for me as exercise and getting results, so I force myself to do it. I've never gotten that runner's high though, that everyone else seems to get. This is great, and thank you so much for linking it up on our Fitness Hop!

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