Even when I sleep, I dream of deadlines at work or rushing from dance class to Girl Scouts.

So when I talk about the one of the only times I can literally clear my head and think about nothing, I'm talking about my mommy heaven.

No one tugging at my sleeve asking for more milk.

No husband asking what's for dinner.

No coworkers needing my assistance.

It's one of the perks of running.

But training with Team Challenge has helped me appreciate so much in life.

I'm grateful for my eighth grade classmate who I reconnected with on Facebook. She found out about the half marathon and generously donated more than I could have imagined.

I'm thankful for my high school economics teacher and my car salesman for believing I can run 13.1 miles.

I'm just grateful I am healthy enough to run.

On one of my latest runs, I even found the secret every mom wants to know about fitting in exercise: I parked at Target and ran the neighborhood surrounding the Big Red Box. I was petrified I'd see someone I I pushed and pushed and pushed until I finished my run in record time and got the heck out of there! I didn't want anyone to see me sweaty and gross.

But once I sat down in the Mom-mobile, I realized I never once thought about blog topics or Amara's homework or the piles of laundry.

I just was.

So running is like my yoga. I just don't get to stretch into my downward dog.


((PS, my fat pants are no longer snug! I did a happy dance for hours!))


  1. I'm so happy that you have found this outlet. Must be such a great feeling! -Jaci

  2. I could use some namaste in my life right now. I'm glad that your running is bringing you peace. Maybe if I start with baby steps...I can get to like running.

  3. Hooray for you!!! I am so enjoying following your journey.

  4. Yay!! Perhaps you should run in that neighborhood more often... gets your move on. ;)

  5. I'm still pretty slow but I'm loving almost every minute. And I'm glad to have all of your support! Thanks ladies!

  6. Good for you. A little slice of mommy heaven. That's what gardening does for me. But gardening doesn't really keep the pants fitting loosely...


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