Mom Blogger, Susie Dyson, encourages parents to do something for themselves, and their kids! Laundry and chores can wait.
With that being said, I have to be realistic about what I can and cannot do. I can pick up the basement each week, but I cannot clean baseboards. I can go out with my girlfriends on occasion, but I cannot be president of the neighborhood social committee. I can make dinner most nights, but it will probably involve a crockpot and some macaroni as a side. I can exercise, but I cannot consistently hit the gym at the same time each day.
It is important to me to be active. This helps me to physically be healthy but also mentally helps me get a break. Again, I have to realize my limits and prioritize. Running is something I have prioritized. Running is an easy way for me to get some personal time as well some exercise. I don’t need any fancy equipment or have to go far. It has been nice to connect with some ladies in the neighborhood and head out early – work and little kids requires it. Though initially hard, it is worth getting out of bed.
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – a horrible disease. It was hard to be in the sidelines and know how to support my sister. Of course lots of prayers, but one thing I was able to do was run in his honor and raise money to help research developments. I set up a page with the Lustgarten Foundation. Running is a great way to support a cause.
I really enjoyed myself – the weather was great and the crowds were supportive. There was plenty of water and Gatoraid stations. Traditionally this event is held in May, so great weather is to be expected! This was the 21st year for this event. There is so much more than just the marathon. My kids had a blast at the expo and there is a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon. Run the 5K, 10K, and half and make it a three way or join a relay team. The event is so well organized, too and supports many local charities.