Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Finding Fitness in the Chaos of Motherhood, Indeed!

Maybe it's ironic that my first post on this blog is made possible because I skipped my morning run. That's sort of the whole point of this blog though, how we have to make choices and trade offs in order to balance motherhood and everything else we do, which in my case includes fitness... and now blogging, too. It feels a little insane to be adding one more thing to my list. Anyway, that choice was made easier today because my devoted running partner is out with a sinus and ear infection. Her name is Pam, by the way. I'm sure you'll hear more about her in subsequent posts, like posts about our "commune without walls" with food sharing, clothes sharing and child sharing (we draw the line at husbands). Seriously, she's front and center of my "village," and I wouldn't be as sane or as fit without her. Back to choices though, I was glad to type away in the early hours this morning instead of run because I conjured up the perfect plan this afternoon: while my twins (Mc & K) are at their nature class I will run with my 3-year-old (JC) in Pam's jogging stroller (see what I mean--but the only jogger I have is a double) with our 8-year-old dog, Zoe, a black squirrel dog, also known in our house as a "black greybador retriever," due to her lab-like head and greyhound like body. This is the perfect plan, so long as it doesn't rain. OK, I just checked the weather. By 3 pm, when my plan is to unfold, it should be 53 degrees (only in Minnesota) with a 50 percent chance of rain. Crap. Can't you just see it: dog, toddler, jog stroller, determined mom in the middle of a cold downpour? Will she find fitness in the chaos of motherhood? Stay tuned.

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