|Post Run Smiles|
I do not have to run, I get to run.
I do not have to push a triple running stroller, I get to push a triple running stroller!
I’ve often thought about how I do not really make plans for my life anymore. I have goals, dreams, aspirations but as for how I am going to go about achieving them, I do not make a specific plan. I have long since learned that God’s plans for my life are greater than my own. I am along for the ride and it’s faith that gets me through.
When I talk about faith I do not just mean in the spiritual sense, I mean in every aspect of my life – I have faith. I had faith that my summer running would work out, even though two weeks ago I had no idea how.
Last week my husband was gone all week on a business trip. It was the first time that it was just me for that many days with my little people. On Monday and Tuesday I drove to my mother in law’s house so she could watch the kids while I ran. Monday I ran 10 great miles, same for Tuesday morning. I realized at that point that I had just broke my all time 7 day mileage PR of 55 miles by one mile, all I needed was 4 more miles to hit 60 for the first time ever. So I did a double. 4 afternoon miles on the treadmill put me at 60 miles.
When I was finishing up the last mile, running in the 7′s – the smile on my face was enormous. I felt so strong and happy and really, really proud of myself for doing something that I never dreamed possible. It made it all that much more sweeter that it happened when I was concerned about how I was going to make it work this summer.
We are only limited by the limits we place on ourselves.
This Monday on my way home from my first run with all three kids ever [me pushing the double while my friend Ashley pushed the single], an email went out to my running club from the only other runner I know who has a triple running stroller. She was ready to let ‘big red’ go for $75 to anyone crazy enough to push three kids like her. Instantly my phone began to ring from friends who had seen the email and wanted to make sure I had seen it and emailed her. As fate would have it, if they had not done that, I would not have been first to email, two other families were interested in it and would buy it if I wasn’t going to.
Tuesday we became the PROUD owners of ‘big red’ – the most awesome triple running stroller EVER!
Thursday we took her out for her maiden voyage with the Beal family. 6.5 WONDERFUL miles. Chloe and I sang on the first mile, We are running, running, running. To say I was happy/giddy is an understatement. As my watch clicked to the 2nd mile it read – 8:18. Seriously GOD – thanks for always looking out for a girl!
The run was 6.5 miles, not 7, because there is a giant hill near my house. It literally took all my might to push that stroller up that hill walking - running was out of the question. This morning I woke up – super excited to head out for a 2nd run pushing the kids and was already wondering if I could push the limits of my body.
9 miles this morning pushing all three of my little running buddies. I’m in heaven people, heaven.
I don’t have to push a triple running stroller. I GET TO PUSH A TRIPLE RUNNING STROLLER. I feel FREE!!!!
p.s. A super duper special thank you to Monique for selling me this stroller – you are an amazingly strong runner/triathlete/ironwoman and I admire you for pushing your three in this stroller and now giving me the opportunity to do the same with mine!!! We promise to take care of ‘big red’
|Ready for triple stroller run #2|
|My view – I love all 30 of these little toes!|
|Walking home from the park after our run|