All You Get is 24 Hours

Monday, May 2, 2011

I ran the other day.  Then I signed up for a half marathon.  So, I probably should run again.

It's been so long since I've run.  Too long to tell you, but I will say that it has been the longest period I have not run in my entire adult life.  I call myself a runner, and I love my running group.  But I also love sleep.  And call myself a sleeper.

"I am a mother, and my time is not my own," I tell my group.

But it is spring, a time for new beginnings.  So here goes a new running season.

Now I want to keep the momentum and best use my running time.  Have you noticed that one good decision leads to another?  It's true.  The day I ran, I ate less ice cream.  I didn't not eat ice cream, but I ate less.   And I cleaned my shower.  Just because I felt like I was on a roll.

Time is the one resource we are each given equally. 

Since running uses precious time, I want to make it count the most.  In the past, I've watched movies from the treadmill (on my weekday runs).  But this week, I chose to watch a DVD of a Beth Moore message.  And I've got some more messages that I can watch or listen to next week-including 24 Hours is All You Get: Ways to Wisely Use Your Day   and podcasts of Sono Harris's messages for weary moms.

I really want my miles to go farther.

How to you make your time go farther while your kids are still little?

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Sparrow said...

As a Mom and a runner, it is hard to find the time and the motivation. Running strollers are awesome for that because you can do both at the same time. My husband and I actually ran the 2010 Portland marathon pushing both our boys. It was actually great family time!
I must admit though, that it is harder now that they are older and heavier and of course with inclement weather, it's just not that fun....
By the way, we should sign up for half marathon or a marathon to run together when I move down there later this summer :) Maybe you can give me some tips on running in the heat!


I'm Kristen, the pajama mama said...

tips? just run early! i'm such a cold wimp though, that i'd take the heat over cold weather to run in anyday!

wish we had a BOB or really good running stroller, but i still would need something for the other 3 kids, so for now, the treadmill is the best solution!

congrats on running the marathon with the stroller-amazing! it's hard enough all by myself!

care said...

Good for you! I miss being able to work out. Maybe one day. Right now I'm lucky enough to do my exercises for physical therapy! Since the kids have been sick almost constantly the last few months, I rarely get to church on Sunday, and carving out time for a quiet time is so difficult when I'm hardly getting time to sleep. I've found that the only way I can get spiritually fed is to listen to a sermon right before I go to sleep. Doug and I have been going though Tim Keller's sermons (we love his preaching). I have to really push myself all day just to get through the day without sleep so by the time I lay down in bed it's hard to just fall asleep, even though i'm exhausted. I've found listening to sermons really helps me unwind and gives me at least some spiritual "food" at the same time. It's not a long term solution, but it's how I make the most of my time right now in this crazy season of life!

I'm Kristen, the pajama mama said...

Thanks for the recommendation-I'll look for his messages!

A Case for Faith is on Netflix instant watch, by the way...keep meaning to watch that one!

carol said...

I've also been challenged reading T. Keller's books (Prodigal God, King's Cross,...) and now find myself listening to Redeemer's podcasts and waiting for the library's copy of Generous Justice. Good choice, Care/Doug!

I'm Kristen, the pajama mama said...

he's coming to Chase Oaks, too-the week we'll miss-drat! have to get the CD of that one, too!