I wanted a present, I told Mark. I deserved a present, one in the form of the Oiselle striped tank that I've been coveting online and finally saw in person.
After all, it's only fair that I get to celebrate the birth of Miles since I was the one who birthed him. Right? Right!
Of course, I was really just being greedy - at least with the tank. But as we celebrated with cake and ice cream, trips to the park and car wash, I found myself wanting to mark the occasion for me. I had, through the grace of God, managed to not only keep the child alive for 2 years but maintain a slight semblance of myself and a sliver of sanity.
So I threw on my Sole Sister tank, grabbed my Nathan Speed belt filled with nuun and downloaded a podcast to celebrate my anniversary of being a mother runner in the best way I know how - hitting the greenway.
I opted to run 7.35 milex in honor of the time Miles was born, winding slowly around a nearby park before tackling part of the Fort4Fitness course. I listened to Sarah and Dimity talk to Jeff Galloway, sipping Cherry Limeade on the go. I waved to fellow runners and jumped as little bunnies scuttled through the woods.
There was a small part of me that felt like I should ditch the podcast and reflect on my past two years as a mother but this was my celebration. It was my time. And, in making it so, I found myself more present than I have been on a run in a long time.
The week in training:
Tuesday: 4-mile run + Piloxing (taught) + BODYPUMP (taught)
Thursday: Firecracker 4-miler + 4-mile run
Friday: 45 minutes on indoor bike + 8 minutes abs
Saturday: 5-mile run + BODYPUMP (taught)
Sunday: 7.35-mile run