wow. just did 5.18 miles in the chilly drizzly rain. i would still be out there if i could. choices, you know? 18 years ago today, i was walking in circles, still very pregnant with my son. so, today, while i thought i would only do a 30 minute run so i could get back to my still-sleeping boy, i decided mid-run to celebrate me. and do i have a lot to celebrate! my son was my defining turn around for my life. a permanent, glorious turnaround. i literally jumped up and down when i realized i was going to have him. finally, no one was going to convince me that i was garbage, unworthy of being a mom. as it turns out, i’m good at it! and i love it. anyway, to celebrate me, i decided to run a little longer. i ran a bit cross country. i loved listening to the wet, swishy sound of my speedy quick bright pink shoes. i even relished in the thought of another pair. i adore these kicks, i must say. it was defintely a happy run.
anywho, back to the run…i am sopping and happy. i’ve been on vacay for almost a week, and this is my second run since i’ve been back. for mother’s day, i always give myself the gift of a nice long run some time during the week leading up to Sunday. today doesn’t count.
there has been lots of building up stress in my life due to various things and with each run, i feel it dissipating. running truly fixes me. i need it and i love it. and i thank God most of all, for the ability to get out there and do it.
yesterday, i was fortunate enough to substitute for my daughter’s p.e. class so that their coach could enjoy the teacher appreciation luncheon catered by Catahoula’s in Grand Coteau. the moment i walked into the gym, the air was cool, the place was quiet (the girls hadn’t gotten there yet), and the sun lit the place up with a soft glow. it was heavenly. after i got my instructions, the girls came into the gym and lit up when they saw me! it was wonderful. “MMMMmiiissss MMMMaaaarrrryyyy!!!!” They all ran across and hugged me, their sweet bright little faces just beautifully reflecting everything i love about that school. i can’t describe what that time with them was like. they played volleyball. they were sweet to one another. they laughed. they danced. they totally lifted my spirit, which had been heavy until that moment. it was completely delightful and i will treasure that time with them.
gotta get some work done around here…peace, y’all.