Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Taking a holiday

I bragged. The universe laughed.

After sharing with you our new bed time routine and excitedly saying that Miles was sleeping later, I was woken up by a distinct conversation.

 "Dog, og, dog, gog," Miles repeated from the confines of his crib at the pre-dawn hour of 5 a.m.

Five. In. The. A.M.

I laid in bed for a few minutes hoping that he would talk himself back to sleep but the longer I waited, the more he talked and I realized that we were going to be up. All of us. I wiped the sleep from eyes, staggered from the bed and scooped up my smiling son. We trotted downstairs for a bottle and coffee as I searched to see the upside in all of this.

This ungodly hour that I hadn't seen in some time. And I found it, of all places, in the blogosphere.

Multitasking on the Kindle as I fed Miles, I saw Another Mother Runner's post that today is National Running Day. National Running Day. Like, my favorite holiday. Except the ones where people bestow gifts upon me.

While I could have easily cursed the universe for setting me up for a bad run (read: I was effing tired), I embraced the hour. Getting up early meant that I could leave with the boys earlier and maybe log a decent, distance-wise, run. I wouldn't have to rush. I could soak in the miles.

And I did.

We left the house at 6:30 a.m. and ran through the early-morning fog, marveling that we could see our breath on this June morning We wound through the park and then again, waving to walkers, cyclists and runners alike, as we moved at a comfortable clip. I had worried that I would feel tired from getting up early+BODYPUMP last night but it almost felt effortless for the 5.27 miles. Like me and this run were meant to be.

Now, I have to admit that part of this fantastic attitude was not some "Let's go get 'em, National Running Day" mantra but, in large part, due to my hope that Miles would nap on the run and I could come home to shower in peace. Anyone want to guess how that turned out?

Alas, sometimes you don't get what you want but get what you need.

How are you celebrating National Running Day?


  1. Sadly , NOT running :( Stupid sinus infection= no run because I am saving whatever I have left for a hopeful PR on Saturday in a 5K. Fingers crossed & saying a prayer. Glad you get to get out and run :)

  2. He is SO adorable! It's hard to be mad at those little faces! Have you tried black out curtains? Hanna would wake up when the sun started to come up, and eventually I went the "meth house" route and put up tinfoil in her window so that it stayed dark. Worked like a charm (I eventually broke down and just bought the curtains, but tinfoil did well for a while).
    Enjoy National Running Day! If I wasn't having some knee issues I'd give it a go, but I'm afraid I'm going to need to lose a few more pounds until my body will agree with running!

  3. I'm glad the transition into the crib is going smoothly! Miles is so cute...that hair, I just love it! Ella has treated me to two nights in a row of sleeping from 7:15/7:30- 5 or 6. AMAZING. I hope it's a trend.

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to celebrate National Running Day! May when I'm off work there won't be 40 mph winds for the first time this week. Fingers crossed!

  4. I was debating running/some other form of exercise. Then I wanted to be a part of this little mile logging adventure:

    So I put in 2 miles, and I will do those 2 miles this evening! I'm looking forward to the day when I can do an "easy 5.27" that you went for a great sleepy run today!

  5. I'm at the stage where 5AM is considered "sleeping in".

    Good for you for getting out there and running! I'm celebrating National Running Day by reading about my favorite bloggers and their running adventures =)

  6. Good for you!! Sounds like it was a great run. I managed a short one this morning in honor of national running day. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day. (miles is so cute!!)

  7. Perfect run on a perfect holiday. I celebrated by going to the gym and logging 2.5 miles. I am always up at 5am..hahaha, Lucas gets up then and so does the hubby. That has been my wakeup time since I commuted. It's horrible :)