Run for you sanity!

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.

Comments (5)

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

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

  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.

  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! :)

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