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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Getting Back In Touch With Katie

One of my angel mamas came over today to watch the kids and I took the opportunity to go for a run. Out in the woods. All. By. Myself. Ahhhhhhh. Just typing that sentence relaxes me all over again.

Since joining the Society of Stay at Home Moms I can count on one hand the number of times I've gone trail running alone.

I drove to one of the Chattahoochee parks near our house, dropped my keys in the minivan wheel well (shh, don't tell) and took off. About half a mile out the running endorphins kicked in and I cracked a huge smile as I belted out No Woman No Cry in the middle of the woods. Yes I sing when I run, I'm sure it's ridiculous sounding, but it brings me joy.

55 minutes later I wrapped up what may be the slowest 4 miles I've ever run. But my snail's pace gave me plenty of time for reflection. It occurred to me that running here, on this trail, near my parents' home, where I used to run on summer break home from UGA and during the brief time I had post-college and pre-marriage, is a Katie thing.

I feel like B Daddy and I are pretty good about snatching us-time whenever we can. And while I get the blessing of alone time several times a month, I usually use it to go to the grocery store or to run errands in peace and quiet. It's rare for me to take the opportunity to do something non-essential. Something I did pre-marriage and pre-babies. BJ and I don't run together and I have never really been able to go for runs with the kids, even when there was just one little one. It was like taking a trip 10 years back in time. Crunching leaves under foot, singing songs that toddlers have no interest in.

I think I'll make trail runs a bigger priority in the future, even if it's just once a month. I'm realizing that I need to find a few more just-me things and make time for them. It was nice to touch base with the old Katie. I really like her. I think my kids would too.


  1. This post made me happy. And miss the botanical gardens in Athens. I've found a few chances to run, but sadly there aren't many great trails nearby. Thanks for sharing, friend!

    1. Oh I miss the botanical gardens SO much too!! We are lucky to have a lot of great trails right around where we live now...but running that trail will always take me right back to 2001. -sigh- good times.

  2. This is so true Katie! I wish I could give my girls a glimpse of high school/college Erin when I was so carefree and light. I think they would get a kick out of her! Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Maybe one day our kids will be grown ups and we'll get to tell them all about our cool days. That would be grand.


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