It is amazing how much can happen in a year. Last year at this time, I had convinced myself to let go of my desire for a second child- or at least try to focus my energies elsewhere (the MCM for starters). Shortly thereafter I became pregnant with my son, who would be born this January 30th (10 days late and weighing in at 11lbs, 1.6 oz!). In September my partner went for a “routine” surgery (pro-tip: there’s actually no such thing) and wound up in a coma for 10 days. In November, I was married in a sparsely attended quickie ceremony in my backyard. Now it’s April and I’m lugging around a 17lb. 11 week young baby boy and preparing for my daughter’s impending 4th birthday. I’m 4 months out from writing about exercise- heck! I’m almost as out of writing shape as I am running shape! But…
A LOT CAN CHANGE IN A YEAR’S TIME!
So I am hereby declaring my intentions for this year:
- Run! I will run. I will not worry about where or how fast- I will focus instead on the wonder of it. I have watched so many amazing women (including RunIt Moms!) run around in circles – both figuratively and literally!- and I am so in awe of our abilities. We can run the household, run the schedules, run the errands, and run the 4 mile loop. Or the 26.2 mile marathon! We are phenomenal and our bodies don’t quit. I will celebrate my abilities as I work to get my body back into distance running condition. I will not rush the process, but I will promise to run. And keep running.
- Mix it up! I will use a double stroller and forget about being a deer on a solo sprint; instead, I will focus on my stride with my babies along for the ride. I will swim at least once a week, and find new ways to have moments to myself to get my body and mind aligned. I’m going to work different muscles both mentally and physically, and take care to keep things exciting. Hiking, biking, boating, maybe even barre (have you tried it?): this year I am committed to mixing it up!
- Relax! 7 months shy of turning 40, I’ve never been more convinced that relaxing is a key component in healthy training, and happy living. It’s okay to slow down to smell those roses or set a pace perfect for catching up with a great friend. The other morning I woke up with the song Rat Race by Bob Marley playing in my head. It occurred to me that in many ways I have successfully subtracted myself from the proverbial rat race. And yet, it’s altogether too easy to get caught up in the competitive spirit of social, political, and entertainment circles; it’s tempting to scrutinize ourselves with judgmental eyes and criticize ourselves with detrimental condemnations. This year, I will take it easy on myself. I won’t worry about “losing the last 10 pounds” or where my children “place” statistically or if my house is perfect (it isn’t) and clean (sort of) and neat (nope). I will be grateful to live in a beautiful place with a family of my making. I will relax and enjoy where I am now.
- Write! Writing for Runitlikeamom is a privilege and an honor and I will continue to hold myself accountable to the awesome women and moms and friends who write and read this blog. This year, I will share my accomplishments, setbacks, hopes, and other sundry stories through writing. I will write all the while being mindful: A LOT CAN CHANGE IN A YEAR’S TIME!