(Lou and me, November, 2012)
I’m home and I couldn’t be more excited. I love to wander, but oh do I love to be home.
The Tuesday morning before I left on my trip called for an easy three miles (thank you, taper) so for the first time in a long time on a Tuesday, I slept in (and later took Lou in the jogging stroller with me- I posted a photo of it on Instagram.) But, that morning, Lou wandered in right after she woke up while I was still in bed. She had bedhead and was in her favorite princess nightgown. She was probably expecting to find me stretching, but instead she saw me in bed and excitedly said, “hi mom!” and climbed right on in. All moms know that early morning snuggles are the cherry on top of the dessert called motherhood so I welcomed her in and held her tight and smelled her hair and told her, “we should stay in bed and snuggle all day.” She of course thought that was an awful idea.
But it got me thinking that this stuff, early morning snuggles, was one of the things I was missing out on when I train. It’s a rarity for me, and a regularity for some other moms. You see, I’ve learned that even though I run in the early morning hours before my children wake up, I still have to make sacrifices. Because a woman can’t do it all and can’t be it all. There are only so many hours in a day. And there is only so much energy one woman can muster. Being number one in all areas of life is impossible. If I choose to excel in one area, there will be one area of life that will suffer. It’s a little depressing, but it’s the truth.
So now I am home. I am tired and I am so excited that my race went really well, but I’m excited for a break from training. The only race on the schedule now is SeaWheeze in August with my fun girlfriends (my favorite), but until then, I’m gonna focus on resting and excelling at other things. Like early morning snuggles.
(London trip and Race Rundown coming soon! If the laundry doesn’t swallow me whole first.)