Last week I emailed my local running group, asking if anyone wanted to meet up for a run later in the morning. It’s not that I don’t want to run at 5:30 am, I do – I would, but for our family 5:30 doesn’t work. I was pleased when another mommy runner emailed back and said she could meet up for a stroller run at a 10:00 – 10:30 pace. Wooo Hooo.
If you knew me in high school you would probably have described me as either shy or stuck up. I wasn’t stuck up, far from it, but sometimes my shyness was interpreted as me being *too good* Over the years I have worked hard to come out of my shell and have forced myself into many an uncomfortable situation. This helped me to learn to have confidence when meeting new people, speaking in small groups and then later speaking in front of large groups. It’s a journey that I can’t believe I was capable of making, but I have. [I will admit, at times it still feels like a never ending journey]
After I had agreed to meet up – I had anxiety – would this mom like me? Would I be able to keep up in the running stroller for 3 – 4 miles. Goodness knows that some days a 2 mile run/walk is hard enough. I let my fears get the best of me and came up with excuses of why I should just email her and let her know I couldn’t run.
I set the alarm this morning and hurried around the house. A run with two kids is not an easy feat. Yes the running itself is work, but the prep beforehand is equally hard.
Is everyone dressed appropriately? Do they need sunscreen? Hats? Do we have enough snacks? Water that won’t spill? Lollipops in case they get whinny? Shoes that won’t fall off[we have lost a croc before and had to retrace our entire run to try and locate it]? Will the snacks/lollipops keep them occupied or should I bring some toys and books? Do I have water? Where is my cell phone[always a good idea to bring along when you go on a run with kids]? Did I bodyglide[the body moves in strange motions when trying to push 100 lbs up a hill – I don’t want to chafe]? The list goes on. It took 50 minutes to get out of the house this morning, a number I was actually impressed with.
The whole time I was getting ready, I kept checking my phone. It was overcast out and I was wondering if she would call to cancel….was I hoping she would? I don’t know. I will admit that the shy girl from high school/college was rearing her ugly head and was making me nervous. Why?!? She didn’t call, so we headed to the meeting point.
Fast forward to the end. I ran 4 miles total, we chatted the whole time, she was lovely, her daughter was adorable, and I found myself really, really happy that I had taken a chance and met a new person to run.
And who knows maybe she will even want to meet me again?[though I know I did chat her head off – I think it’s a reflex reaction to being nervous?!]
Ummmmmmmmmmm and can you believe I ran 4 miles pushing two kids while 25+ weeks pregnant? I certainly can’t. On Monday with Miss Becca I pushed the kids for 2 miles before having to start walking. I was really really proud of myself for just that!
Here’s to praying that tomorrow’s run is just as cool and that my body cooperates as it did today 🙂
Mile 1 – 10:05
Mile 2 – 10:02
Mile 3 – 9:49
Mile 4 – 10:17