I'm a stay-at-home-mom. Must I elaborate?
Because 26.2 miles of peace and quiet sounds like heaven on earth, doesn't it?!
Because it's cheap therapy and because I love a good adrenaline high.
Because running around keeps me from running away. Literally.
Being a wife and a mom and a woman in general can be overwhelming. And let's be real honest here. . .all those days of laundry, cleaning up spill after spill, dirty diaper after dirty diaper, breaking up ongoing sibling fights, and having little people on your heels every minute of everyday is enough to make anyone want to drink themselves under the table.
So I'll run.
It's my "me time". The only moment all day when I can be alone in my thoughts.
It's my "God-please-give-me-the-patience-I-need-today-to-not-kill-anyone-in-my-family" time. Because some days are not all cuddles and smiles and hugs and kisses.
And lest I forget. . .It's my "these-thighs-aren't-going-to-walk-themselves-off" time. Because what in the world has 30 years, two kids, and stress and cellulite done to my body!? It's baffling.
It's not a pretty sight. I promise you that.
So I've decided to put my foot down, take back control, pull out the big guns, etc. and invest some time.
Time in myself and time in my family.
Because these two little boys who ride my heels at all times like to run and want mommy to chase them. How can you tell those baby blues and big dimples that mama "ain't got no get-up-and-go?
I want to be around to embarrass them, out-run them, love on them, and set an example for them for years to come.
Because life is short. Days, moments, memories just fly by.
Because I want to be strong enough to make it through every day. And make it through fully alive.
So why RUN a marathon?
Because walking is boring. Everyone does it. And I want to be different.
Because it's hard. And I've done easy my whole life.
Because I want to be proud of myself. Of what I am capable of if I set my mind to it. I want to accomplish something that most people won't.
And most of all, because I can. And there will come a day when I cannot. And I want to take ahold of every gift I'm given while it's available. I want to live life fully, unabandoned, and without hesitation.
So I will run.
I'm a 30 year old mother of two who dreams of running a marathon in one year. Is this even possible? I plan to find out. Join me on this journey of "Couch Potato to Marathon Mom" in 2012.