Pink Sparkly Headbands

“Mommy, can you help me with my pink sparkly headband?” asked my four-year-old daughter Addison.

“Sure, sweetie. Here, put it around your neck like a necklace first. Good. Now, we need to pull it up over your forehead,” I said as I helped her put on her glittery hot pink headband.

“When I’m a mommy and I’m all grown up, I’m going to wear pink sparkly headbands all the time when I run races like you, mommy,” she said as she smiled up at me.

And that’s why I head out for a run after working eight-plus hours at my desk job and not seeing the kids since 7:30 that morning. Those 45 minutes when I’m out running–and not home with them–isn’t taking anything away from them. It’s actually giving them additional years with me as a healthy mom and hopefully giving them extra years to their lives because they’ll continue in a healthy lifestyle as adults.

Why I Run (An Ode to National Running Day)

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I run…

to redefine my limits

to prove to myself that I can

to feel strong

to feel alive

to be healthy

to lose weight

to wear cute running clothes

to wear un-cute running clothes (hydration pack, anyone?)

to give my pasty skin a little sun-kissed color

outside in the rain and snow

outside when it’s 90 degrees or 20 degrees

to escape the chaos of twins

as a stress-buster

to be an example for my kids

to inspire others to improve their health

for the camaraderie

to keep my sanity

because I can.