What’s that they say about raising kids or make that life in general? Just when you get used to things one way, it all changes again? Everything is new with a growing infant and now that B is back to work, it’s thrown a whole new twist into our morning routine. I HAVE to get at least a few runs in a week and that makes child care difficult. At 7AM I’m running in the door as B is running out. There’s a quick handoff, 1 or 2 questions about how SP did with her food, a peck on the lips and we’re off!
I’ve been pondering (and I think best on a run) how to make this morning routine easier or what I would do if I weren’t, well – me. I would probably skip the run, tell myself I’ll do it at night (won’t happen), I’d probably do a drive-thru breakfast and let the babysitter handle feeding SP. Some mornings, when I’m running around the house like a crazy lady, I fantasize about coffee shop coffee and a ginger fig scone scarfed down in the car on my way to work. But then I remember why I do what I do. Why I run, why I buy whole foods, why B and I feed ourselves homemade meals. Because it’s important that I act as my daughter’s role model. It’s important to me that I give my family healthy foods, I know that the better we eat the more energy we have to play and have fun. The more nutritious our diet the longer we’ll live and be around for each other. And because I know that what and how I feed SP now will translate to healthy eating as she gets older.
I can’t give up my morning runs anymore than I can give up eating healthy foods and I think B knows this, he’s seen me when I can’t run and it’s not pretty! Running for me is not just about maintaining a healthy weight. I see that as a really nice perk to something I love to do. I run because I know I’m doing something to keep my body healthy. I know my heart is working hard and when that happens I’m reducing my risk for a whole host of diseases. I also know that I’m maintaining strong bones with every step I log. I get to run past the water and while exercise, no matter where it’s done, has been shown to have mental health benefits, running past the rising sun glistening over Narragansett Bay is a tremendous way to feel better about the world in general. I know that even though I have to leave SP to run that I’m actually teaching her a valuable lesson about life and wellness and what we have to do to stay healthy.