I am, for the first time in about 9 years, which is right around when I got pregnant with Micah, getting in shape. Not "in shape" in my new adapted not making any effort kind of way outside of a weekend hike most weeks, but according to my former 20-something definition of "able to run several miles and not feel like I'm going to throw up when playing competitive sports" kind of way.
What happened was simple and amazing. Abigail started going to school a few mornings a week. And this really crazy thing happened, I was without a child for several hours and I didn't have to do anything (I mean, you know, specifically in that time period).
And I wanted to run. This country is hardest for me in it's lack of outdoor exercise and recreation spaces. We don't hike. It's hot and there's no where to go. We go to the pool at the club, but there's no hiking. And hiking and walking depend on distance if you really plan on getting any exercise. A twenty minute walk doesn't pack the same punch as a two-hour one does. So, running. I'm back. I realized when I started plotting this that my evening/weekend times were not really going to be consistent or enough to keep me in shape but that early morning jobs could work for me. So I drop the kids off at school at 7:30, and on the days Abigail is going (2 or 3 days a week), I head over to the soccer field. I realized if I have to drive somewhere to find a spot to jog I am just not going to have time for it. But if I'm already there and I have the clothes on and shoes laced so to speak, it's nothing to just take a twenty minute jog. And just because no one else is using the soccer field as a place to jog (outside of soccer practice), when has what other people are not doing stopped me before? :)
I'm not really running far (2 miles?) or fast (10 min. miles at best at this point?), but I am running and it feels good. Did I get my tail kicked yesterday in a soccer game with twenty-somethings fresh off of teams? Most definitely, in a soul-crushing, humiliating kind of way that seemed to highlight the fact that my baby-producing, years out of shape body would never quite be what it was. And am I sore today. Oh yeah. But I feel like I'm actually physically pushing my body a little for the first time in years. And that feels great! :)