Lilly and I had a wonderful weekend together; two play dates with great friends, lots of colouring, reading books, skyping with Sai and his mom (who is in England). It was great.
Now, going into the weekend I wasn’t feeling like myself. I was tired, okay, I was exhausted, felt a cold coming on, dreading the snow and freezing rain storm that was taking place and of course, missing Sai.
I managed to get in a work out Saturday night which I wasn’t convinced I wanted to do until I started it. I moved up to level 3 on the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. It was great, just the work out I needed. After that work out I was craving a good, long, run outside. I called to see if a family member could come, play and watch Lilly but no success – my family are busy people (work, booth at a bridal show, renovations on someone else’s house). Plus it’s just over an hour drive for them. That’s when I decided I needed to find an evening/weekend sitter in the area.
So I posted something on Facebook looking for recommendations for a sitter and I have a lead – that was great. But not for the run I was craving. Ahh well I thought maybe sometime this week during my lunch I could get one in. This was not likely going to happen as I am on the road every day this week for meetings. Yikes!
Lilly and I went to our play date and had a wonderful time; the kids were playing really well together, the mom’s were asking random questions – well, more like I was asking random questions to my girl friends. It was a perfect morning. One of my girl friends offered to come over during Lilly’s nap so I could go for a run. Talk about an amazing friend. Giving up her time at home so I could go for the long run I was craving.
[Now, let me give you a bit of a back ground on these friends. We met during our prenatal classes and came together once we had our children (within 10 days to 6 weeks of each other). We spent EVERY single monday together for a year; playing, eating good food, nursing our wee ones and talking about any issues we had. Some weeks we would get together every other day – such a great support for new moms – I highly recommend it.]
So, my friend showed up and off I went for my long run … into the cool wind with the sun beating on my face; jumping over slush puddles and then through a strip of road that had ice everywhere and back into the sun again. I did an extra loop since I wanted a long run. I managed to put in 5385 steps; roughly 5 km. I felt wonderful….all because a friend came to watch Lilly for me.
I then go to find our her hubby came over while we were at the play date and chopped ALL the wood that was in our basement. (I’m not very good at it, therefore it was still in massive pieces.) Seriously, who are these amazing people?
My friends. (I sure owe them).
Now, I’ve been a single parent since September 2011 as my husband went back to school in PEI. So this lifestyle is not permanent – just another two months and we’ll be almost back to normal. This group of girl friends have cooked me dinner, picked up my daughter from the sitters when I am on the road with work, called to lend an ear and have been amazing friends to me.
For me running is about getting active, fit, being outside, losing my thoughts or stresses and just running. I sure am lucky that I have friends who support me help me get through each week without my husband around. I am going to have to figure out something to pay these girls back …. and it’s already in the works 😉
To my amazing friends and their families – thank you.