Run, Mama, Run

Whose idea was it to start running at 5:30 AM three days a week?

Oh, right, that would be me.

Well, I’m a runner anyway so it’s really pretty easy for me to roll out of bed and hit the pavement when the rest of the world is still snoozing. Except that it’s not easy to do anything (other than drink hot coffee) when it’s dark outside and chilly enough to make your ears sting. (It’s winter in Queensland, remember.) Also, I’m not a “real” runner though I’ve been running for several years now and I was even featured in a full spread in Runner’s World a few years ago. But that was mostly because my brilliant photographer friend David Deal took the picture and also happened to capture a rainbow in the background. I’m certain my form wasn’t at all what got that picture published. Running for me is a challenge, both mental and physical. And that’s probably why I’m so attracted to it. It’s also why I give up on it with absolute regularity.

At any rate, I am running again.  I am running again because it feels good to get back into something when you have been away from it.  I am running again because I have a little muffin top from…well, from muffins.  I am running again because I have some new ‘mum’ friends in Main Beach who are super cool and outgoing and athletic, and I think it’s a good way to spend more time with them. So far it’s just 3 of us, but I hope that number will grow.  Actually I hope that we can recruit so many moms that no one will notice when I stop showing up at 5:30 AM.

Running is a great way for moms to start their day – a solid dose of cardio and a few uninterrupted minutes of idle banter with other adults.  A few moments of freedom devoted to health and sanity. A few moments of moving forward toward nothing in particular. No agenda. No ticking off the boxes on the ‘To Do’ list. No managing chaos and wiping butts. Just a small group of ladies huffing and puffing and sharing some sweat before the day starts.

Good stuff.



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