On this evening's run I was thinking about some of the things that have gotten me through the week; so here are five things I love:
- Friends and family - duh!
On this evening's run I enjoyed the mellow voices of The Be Good Tanyas. It's funny, usually when I race I like fast and loud mixed with quiet (and the sounds of trees, rocks flying, and breathing). After this week, though, mellow got me into the grove of running - so much so I almost didn't want to stop.
3. Free weights
I used to love my arms. Now, though, after tiring everything out with lifting the boys and playing "pickup the dropped toy" over and over, I get too tired to really work my arms. That's all changing - I'm re-kindling my love of free weights. No more pancake arms (where I wave and my arm waves a few seconds later)!
4. Stair repeats - when I don't have the stroller or two little hands I find great joy in running up and down stairs, mainly just because I can.
5. Books on running
My new favorite is Women Who Run. I've torn through Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage), and Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and have MANY more on my to-read list. Losing myself and getting motivated by these books has also given me a new goal in life ... get published. I would love to write two books: one on running, and one with nothing to do with running but with "diggers" and history - a book for kids. I'll regail you with more stories soon :o).