Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Eau Claire, WI 54701
I have to first say that this blog post title may be a little misleading. I haven't "run" in months. Not because I don't want to. I am one of those strange breeds who enjoy the burn in my lungs and legs after a good jaunt around the neighborhood. There is hardly anything to me more satisfying then a nice sweat session. So really, it isn't that. I, in fact, am at the moment, seven months pregnant. It was a blessing to find out I was pregnant with my third child, it was unexpected sure, but still I was happy about it. This of course meant though, I would need to lay off the excessive exercise, the major butt kicking boot camp workouts, and the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement, hard. I wasn't even much of a runner to be honest. I had just gotten into it last year, and my time was improving, even though I didn't even care about speed, just that I could make it a certain distance without falling over. That to me was a win. Running to me means more than the direct action though. As a working mom of two boys there definitely is a lot of running involved in my life. Running in the morning to get them ready for the day, running to work, running home to cook super, running to get tasks done, run, run, run. Funny how I would have the time to fit in exercise in my life when most people not even half as busy as myself (nor pregnant) even take ten minutes out of their day to walk. But the thing is exercise makes me sane, it keeps my head above water, it gives me the "me" time I need. So even though I literally find myself "running" all day, running or any other form of exercise for that matter gives me a peace that literally is hard to find elsewhere in this hectic world. So 'Ready and Running' is really about being ready to make changes, to find peace within yourself, and to run (walk, dance, skip, crawl) to a healthier lifestyle.