I started running because I needed time alone. I wasn’t necessarily running away from my kids, but I was looking for a brief respite in the midst of diapers, tantrums, and feedings. Which makes it all the more interesting that when asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day this year, my answer was that I wanted my daughters to run a 5K with me while we were on vacation. Running has, no doubt, made me a better mom in so many ways. It’s easy to lose ourselves when we take care of others in any capacity. Life’s demands are endless. All the more reason to make my running a daily priority. There are responsibilities I have to fulfill. I’m a mom first. But there are responsibilities that are optional. I don’t HAVE to do laundry at this second. It will still be waiting for me after my 10-miler. I’ve tested this theory and it is true. The world won’t stop turning if I step out for an hour and bathe in the sunshine while I get my sweat on. Whether you’re a mom, a dad, a grandparent, a friend, or a care-giver in any capacity, take the time to take care of you. Life is a gift, not an obligation. Take care of your health so you are better able to care for those around you. And to all those moms, moms-to-be, and stand-in moms, Happy Mother’s Day. And Happy Running.
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