Life as a mother runner

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My plan today was to run 4-6 glorious miles alone in the rain. Running is my soul food and I needed the release that it brings today.  I couldn’t wait to go to my favorite trail,  have some peace and just feed my soul.  However, my three year old, Austin, asked to go with me and today and I set my wants aside to spend time with him. Did I get to run as far or as fast as I wanted, no. But I did get to enjoy time alone with my favorite 3 year old, enjoy nature with him, talk as he rode next to me and take a few selfies. I wouldn’t trade these 2 miles for the 6 I had hoped for.  The moment we had was priceless.

As a runner, it’s easy to get wrapped up in my mileage and training.  I can get so focused on my pace/mileage and goals that I sometimes lose the joy that comes with running.  Today I was reminded that running doesn’t have to be far or fast to be awesome.  I need to have these low key runs in my schedule.

I think that’s the best part about being a mother runner, I get to enjoy the best of both worlds.  As a runner I know I can push myself and train hard.  But as a mother I know the importance of slowing down and enjoying the moment.  It’s about balance and finding what works for each day. I love wearing both of these hats and pulling the strengths from both of them to enrich my life, as well as those around me.

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