Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mommy's Moment: Mommy's Moment

Running. It's been a companion for the past 17 years. Although its purpose, intensity, and location has changed over the past decade and a half, it's been a constant in my life. And I've found as I've grown older I've also grown to love it and appreciate it more. Years ago it served as a social outlet and a competitive drive. Many of my fondest memories from my youth centered around running. And, for a time, I could hold my own on the track. And, for a time, running was my identity. Thankfully, running is not my identity anymore...for...if it were...my identity would be quite insignificant. But running does help remind me of my identity. After a long day of being a mommy to two kids, running allows me to escape and remember me. Paired with music (another of my favorites), running opens a door to worship the Lord and remind me of my true identity in Him. And, on a less spiritual note, it also allows me to unwind and get lost in music that brings back fond memories of the past. It's my 30 minutes to myself. Alone. Without a watch. It's not about how fast I can run anymore. Most of the time it's not about losing weight (though it does help). And, unfortunately (sorry Biggest Loser) it's not about staying in shape (though, of course, it helps). It's about escaping. Having my moment. Working off stress. Worship. And, though I'm pregnant, it's my goal to run as long as I possibly can. Not to prove anything. It's just my season to run. I need it. I want it. I love it. It's my true Mommy's Moment.

4 comments:

Mary said...

I love this post! Iused to love cto run when I was a teen ager, and into my early twenties but I have not been in good enough shape (sadly) to run in a long, long time. But, I do feel the same way as you described about walking. It is the one thing I do that I love, is good for me in every way, and improves me (mentally emotionally, spiritually, physically). Now if I could just get a lot more consistent about it, I would be really be happy about that! : )

Mary said...

Just to clarify...it'snot the only thing I do that I love, but the only thing that is good for me in every way to boot!

Jessica said...

sure Mary, I know all that you love is walking :) haha...and I don't run consistently enough..just try to when it stays light longer. And I definitely don't do it everyday but I'm shooting for 3-4 times a week. Thanks for your comments!

Tutti said...

"born to run". read it. you probably could have written it:)