With laundry, cooking, diapers, dishes, driving, and refereeing on my list of things to do everyday. It’s not long before I need a break. And for me right now one of the major ways I find time to take a “break” is running.
Now, I do have to be flexible with this. Because my circumstances do not allow me to just take off when ever I want, and run solo.
Take Monday night for example. The big guy wants to go hit some golf balls with dad. And there is a three mile loop around the course. So, I call Dad and tell him he’s in charge of bringing home a fast dinner (ie junk food that we have no business eating). But, it is for a good cause so I’m hoping I don’t lose too many mother of the year points on this one.
And after everyone has scarfed down acceptable amounts of their food, we load them all up and head off for the golf course.
I buckle up the little guys in the double jogger, while Dad and the big guy head for the driving range.
Before we begin our adventure I hand out some none too healthy snacks to keep the little critters happy, and we’re off.
Yes, I know you’re thinking how is pushing 35 lbs. of stroller, 50+ lbs. of toddlers, and a stuffed diaper bag a break?
That is because I failed, until this point, to mention the headphones.
No, I can’t tune it all out. Especially since only one of the ear pieces works. But, I do get to listen to MY music for forty minutes. And when the few techno songs that I do like start I even get a mile or two of running in.
Yes, I do get some looks from amused and or frightened onlookers. But, with close to 100 lbs of rig in front of me, I manage to command the right of way a good part of the time!
And, I’ll even admit I do have to stop and pick up the occasional sippy cup after it has taken a solo flight out the side of the stroller. However, I’ve have figured out how to pass books to the little hands reaching out from under the sun canopy without stopping! But, even with all that I still think for those few brief moments I am actually doing more for myself than my kids. Imagine that?
Even better, if I stick with it and manage to get my butt in some sort of reasonable shape, I won’t seriously sprain anything when I run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco this October.
A whole two days off! Who wouldn’t train like crazy for that?
Would love to hear how you take timeout for yourself. Post a link or just leave a comment. I could use all the ideas I can get on this topic!