Although each Mother's Day has been unique in its own way, over the years some traditions have emerged. Our kids bring me an assortment of cards, flowers, jewelry, and/or chocolate. We usually go to a restaurant or order in so I can take a break from cooking. And I try to take some time for myself. Sometimes that means sleeping in, sometimes that means taking an extra long shower. This year, that means going for a run.
Before having kids I loved to run for hours at a time. I never ran very fast, but I loved running far. Running was a time for me to unwind and also work toward a goal - usually a marathon.
Over the past 6 years I've squeezed in a few runs here and there. These runs were very sporadic, much slower than my pre-kid pace, and usually lasted only about 30 minutes. I tried to consistently get up early to run before the kids woke up, but I ended up needing the extra sleep much more than I needed to squeeze in a run.
However, I'm excited to make running a bigger part of my life this year. I don't see any marathons in my near future, but I bought a new pair of running shoes and I hope to gradually start running again. And, someday, maybe one, two or even all three of our kids will join me for a run around the block while I train for a race.