A 5k While Baby Sleeps

A 5k While Baby Sleeps

Last night I set my alarm for 5:15am.
Then I changed it to 6:00.
Then 6:15.

This morning, I got up at 7:00. Not enough time to run before JRoo got here. Darn it. Why am I so lazy?

She took her first nap at 9:15 today, and I wasted no time hopping on the treadmill, except those minutes wasted when I couldn’t find my running shoes. ??

I figured I had 30 minutes.

I hopped off and checked on her at every mile because I recently gave my monitor away and was afraid I wouldn’t hear her, although she is in the room next to the exercise room. But the droning of the treadmill and THREE fans I have going makes it difficult to hear her tiny cry.

The beautiful, sweet angel slept 2 hours.

So in that time, I ran 3.1 miles in 35:54.

And then I actually got a shower and did my hair and makeup.


She’s awake now. It’s time for another kind of running!

How do you sneak runs into your busy day?


50th Birthday, Personal Mini Marathon

50th Birthday, Personal Mini Marathon

Taken 10/4/12. Almost a grandma–that would happen 1/23/13.This is a fitting pic as I begin to write about running through middle age.

But today is June 17, and my little granddaughter is nearing the 5 month mark. She is sleeping as I write this first post. When she napped briefly this morning, I hopped on the treadmill, but I was only able to accomplish 30 minutes. After she woke, I took her for a mile-long stroller adventure, running some of that mile. She enjoyed the occasional bump in the sidewalk, but it wasn’t a true effort to run on my part. Tonight, when she goes home, I will have exhausted all of my middle aged vim and vigor and will promise myself, “I’ll get up early tomorrow and run before she arrives,” which is 8:00am. But I am a promise-breaker!

I’ve got to shore up my commitment to running because it makes me a better person. I am a daughter to elderly parents, a wife of 28 years to my college sweetheart, mother of three young adult children, and the role most dear to my heart, grandmother to one, whom I have nicknamed “JRoo.”

I’m running to stay healthy, young at heart, young in mind, body, and spirit. I run because I want to be the best I can be and because even when I hate running, I also still love it. I’ll never be fast; I’ll never be smooth or look great while running. It doesn’t matter. Life is not about speeding everything up; it’s about enjoying it, sharing it and finding meaning. I’m living a privileged life–I’ve lived to see my first grandchild, and my body still “goes.” These are not small things, and I’m not taking them for granted. Someday I will not be able to run one more step. Today is not that day, so I’m celebrating with the creation of this blog.