By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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My Mother's Day run ended up being postponed. Our youngest was sick, teething and needed some extra attention. Thankfully over the last month I've been able to sneak in a couple of runs here and there. Each one only 30 minutes long, but they were better than I expected.
With three young kids it's hard to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. I usually talk with relatives on the phone while opening cheese sticks and hunting for shoes. I watch TV while folding clothes. And I read books to our daughter while feeding her younger sister. With young kids it feels like I am always doing something but rarely doing anything with my full attention.
Well, when I'm running, for 30 minutes, I get that. No interruptions. No whining. For 30 minutes I can, at least, for a little while, have the chance to get closer to the state of flow. And, my, how I have missed that over the last few years. Being able to get into the zone and completely focus on running is such a wonderful treat. I've missed it and I'm looking forward to my next run.