Tuesday, October 12, 2010

out of mommy experiences

So, my last post was showcasing some of my crafts and things I like to do "in an attempt to act like I have a life beyond my cute kids." Another thing I do as a distraction from the daily hum-drum is run. I decided to refer to these extra-curricular activities as my "out of mommy experiences." You know, things to break up the "mom-otony" (monotony) and go beyond the "mini-mom" (minimum) requirements. Ok, I'll stop. I know, I'm way too entertained by a good play on words.

Anyway, back to the running. Most of you already know this, but I love it. It feels so good to me. It's actually surprising to me how much I love it. I'll start walking to warm up and my body feels all stiff and strained. So I'll start jogging (counter-intuitive, right?) and my whole body just relaxes and I feel like a total relief as I settle in to my autopilot pace. I feel so comfortable, mind and body, and like I've slipped slightly out of this dimension and into my own happy place. I know it sounds crazy, but I'm not complaining because it is an excellent "out of mommy experience" and when I'm done I always feel more capable of taking care of my kids.

Two weekends ago I did my first 10k race. It was called Run for Courage and it was a great race for an incredible cause. I'd never raced that distance before. I had to leave my happy autopilot pace and pick it up to make my time goal, but I did it. I finished in 45:46 (that's 7:33 each mile) and was second in my division and the 3rd girl overall. I'm not typically a competitive runner, but that was fun!

Now I'm all registered and in the thick of training for the California International Marathon in early December. I look forward to seeing this again:
My fans watching from the sidelines!
I knew Brad would be at the finish line with the kids and it totally motivated me to run faster so I could see them sooner! They are so supportive and always want to run and race all over the place! But enough about me, I promise my next post will be devoted to the stars of this blog :)

8 comments:

Dedra said...

Maylin, I'm not sure if you remember me. I was in the Troutdale ward with you for about 7 seconds. When we met you were pregnant with #2. Your family is beautiful. Congratulations on your time for that race. It's awesome!

Aubree said...

You are a stud. Running is such a great way to release stress!! I just wish I was as fast as you!

Amy said...

This is so inspiring, May. I NEVER run anymore. I just go do the elliptical and call it good. But I REMEMBER how I actually used to love running! I am going tomorrow just to try getting into it again! Thanks for being awesome!

Malea said...

You're amazing, May! You inspire me to do something for myself... although I don't think it will be running a 10k, maybe I'll get in a brisk walk or some tennis!

Pieces of me... said...

Way 2 go Maylin! You are an inspiration to me :)

Jessie O said...

Wow, great job Maylin. You time is so amazing!! You've always inspired me to run so thank you!!

Nate Sarah Cooper and Hank said...

Way to go Maylin, we so need to live closer to each other so we can enjoy running together! I need a marathon buddy! Good luck in December!

Trishelle said...

Seriously, one of the many, many reasons you rock!! There is nothing more motivating than a happy family waiting at the end of the race. That's one of my favorite parts too!