One of the biggest sources of joy in my life is going for a long run. When people find out that I run 70-100 miles a week depending on the time of year the most common response is “why?” The answer for a long time was mostly made up; this was because I wasn’t sure how exactly to put into words what running meant to me. Then I came across a book titled What I Talk about When I talk about Running by Haruki Murakami. I found it to be incredibly insightful to what happens to your mind and body while slogging out the miles.
"It is hard to put into words what I love about being a mom besides everything. I was a young woman who never wanted children . . . at least not children of my own. When I met Scott, we married quickly - one week from first kiss to engagement. We were married three months later. Scott had two children, age 6, twins and I loved them from first sight. They were my children. Ten years after we were married and many conversations later; we joke that Scott talked me into having a child of our own. It was not something I ever wanted or thought I would really enjoy or be very good at. I thank God every day I didn’t miss this miraculous opportunity. EVERY DAY I am grateful for Keaton! He makes me laugh and fills me up with love in a way I never knew possible. He is an extension of us and I love watching him every day explore the world, become sarcastic, say things like “dude”, smile and laugh, get frustrated, be helpful and kind and the list goes on and on! It is truly the most amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world!"