There is nothing like a best friend who notices that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and worn out, and that you are feeling bad about feeling overwhelmed and worn out, and then makes you feels better and reminds you - "You are HUMAN".
Last night was just a rare night in which I was feeling a little burnt. It was the end of a long day. A bunch of kids needed a bunch of things all at the same time. I had a lot of work to do. I had a lot of housework to do. I was tired. The phone would not stop ringing. I was missing my husband.
Truth be told, we have done really well since Josh started his new job. He has always worked long hours so in all honesty it isn't a huge change for me to do homework, dinner, bedtime, etc. on my own. I love my kids, I love our family, I love my life, and I am used to the workload that comes with it. But, some nights I miss having some back-up, and I always miss Josh. Indoor track season is done though which means he will be home a lot more on the weekends. Spring track has already started but the meets are usually just day trips. More time with him home will be great!
The early mornings are MY time - the only time I have to myself when no one needs me. Sure, I would love (LOVE) more sleep, but the trade is worth it to me. This morning I decided to get outside. It was dark and it was cold, but a few days of sun had melted almost all of the ice off of the roads (just in time for it to snow some more today!) and the idea of getting off of the treadmill was too good to pass up. So I left the house super early and ran 12 miles in 14 degrees. It felt amazing to get outside. My legs were tired after three quality runs in five days and a strength routine this morning, but a nice easy run outside was just what my body, mind, and soul were needing.
Now I have had some sleep, some time with Josh this morning, a talk with my BFF, and a nice run - and am feeling recharged again.
I love this quote, and it so applies to running, parenthood, and LIFE.
If you focus on how tired you are, how much work you have to do, how stressed you are, etc., then you probably will be. When you are running if you think about how far you have to go, how tired your legs are, how big the hill in front of you is, etc. then you will likely struggle. But if you think positive thoughts, if you notice all that is going well, and if you encourage, support, and believe in yourself in all that you do (especially when it is hard, when you are tired, or when you are struggling), you can find the strength to accomplish what you set out to, and you will have a lot more happiness and fun while doing it.
So, that's my message for today. Remember you are human. Make the time to do the things that recharge you when you are overwhelmed. Focus on all of the good in life. Be your own cheerleader. Believe in yourself and the power of your mind. Run Happy!
More soon. :)