Friday, February 06, 2009

I ran

It was a beautiful day. We had a great morning with school work and a fun afternoon at band and the playground. But when we got home I started feeling sorry for myself.

My husband is finally home, but now he's back at work - on Friday night - every Friday night. I went in my room and tried to read a book, but I couldn't concentrate. I was feeling grumpy and uncomfortable in my jeans that are just a little too tight.

So I made a decision. I put on my sweat pants and my sneakers, told the boys I'd be back in half an hour, and stepped out the door. I ran.

Well, I started out walking to warm up. Then I ran. Then I couldn't breathe, so I walked. I caught my breath and ran some more. Walk, run, walk, run. More walking than running! (And no I do not want to do a marathon Stephanie.)

I passed moms with strollers, kids on bikes and roller blades, families walking their dogs. I smiled. I prayed. I cleared my head. I ran. And a better mom came home.

And maybe the jeans won't be quite so tight tomorrow.


Ann Kroeker said...

A similar story at my house! I went on a jog today and felt soooo much better. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be even better in our state, so I'm planning to go again. You?

Stefunkc said...

You go girl!! I didn't know you ran!

How about a half? :)

We are THAT Family said...

Good for you!

(And you wrote a really good post about it!)

Coachdad said...

What a great post... A good run can clear my head of just about anything.

Chip and Dani Brown said...

Good call! It's amazing how some exercise and fresh air can make things SO much better!!!

I came across your blog from The Mother Letters Project blog. I know this is silly...but my daughter is in the Leelou Blogs cute baby photo contest and I am trying to spread the word for people to vote for her!! I need HUNDREDS of votes for her to even come close to catching up to the front-runners. I have been trying to figure out where to find hundreds of people, and I didn't think it was approriate to ask Seth to post something so silly on The Mother Letters Blog (obviously), but I figured maybe all the people who helped with the project would be willing to go give my little Makenzie from AZ a vote : ) If not, that's ok too. I am just trying to get creative and reach more people! If you'd like to help me by voting for Makenzie, please go to and spread the word for others to vote as well : )

EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THOUGH...I am also recruiting prayer warriors for a tiny little miracle baby named Kayleigh Freeman, maybe you've heard of her and are already praying for her. It was through her blog that I heard about the contest in the first place. Even if you don't take the time to vote for Makenzie, please take a minute to visit HER website: and say a prayer for this sweet girl!


Daniele Brown

PS- THE MOTHER LETTERS PROJECT is in NO WAY associated with this request other than the fact that I found your blog there!!

Our life is a bowl of Barry's said...

You ran...just a week you can walk around the soccer field or leave us in the dust and run! Happy happy joy joy...or not!

The Wades said...

Such a great post! I loved the cute picture and your words gripped me--they really did! :) To think it is that simple...just run!

Thanks for the inspiration.

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