We Made It

This morning I went for a run with my oldest daughter Reece. Just the two of us. It was like the olden days before Vera joined the family. Reece and I ran often. We run a lot now too, but as a party of three instead of two.

The run with my original mini running buddy reminded me of the evolution of my identity as a runner over the past two years.

Runner –> Runner with kid –> Pregnant runner with kid –> Runner with two kids

Running has been a source of stability for me. It has been more than that – it has been a coping mechanism, a place to be free, a source of challenge and accomplishment. It’s like a thread-line that links different stages or chapters together. In particular, it has been a constant during my entree into motherhood.

Between Reece and my sporadic conversations this morning, I thought of how much my life, much like my runs, has stretched, adapted and changed to make room for all that it is today. It wasn’t as much as a jog (ha!) down memory lane, as it was an appreciation for the evolution of my life. Where and who I have been is linked to where and who and with whom I am today.

As we came around the corner of the home-stretch this morning, Reece shouted, “We made it!” Her declaration was like an echo of my own thoughts – I made it. I am this woman who is a wife and a mom and a runner and a lover of life. I made it.

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  • Reply
    Ashlee Spear
    08/08/2013 at 10:33 pm

    Who knows-maybe your running journey will take you and Reece and Vera and that Double Bob to the LA Marathon next?

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/09/2013 at 2:46 pm

      Oh Ash, I don’t know about that! What ever happened to the Ventura 1/2? You planning on it?

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    Colleen
    08/22/2013 at 1:25 pm

    Ok so my question to you is how do you hike with two kids? There are hills in Turtle Rock I’d like to take on again and it’s just me and the ladies… Any thoughts or suggestions??? I have a double and single jogger as well an ergo, so I have different combos. But still the hills are hilley and rough. I couldn’t imagine bringing a jogger up there I don’t think.

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      hellodaynatalie
      08/22/2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hi! Try your sweet littlest in the ergo and the older pup in the single jogger. It will be a booty kicker for sure! Guaranteed! I did that combo on a hike in El Moro and ended up drenched with sweat, which meant Vera (in the ergo) was drenched too. Want to try it together sometime? I would love a hiking date!

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        Colleen
        08/23/2013 at 8:12 am

        Omg yes please!!! The trails I’m thinking about in turtle rock I think would be too rocky so maybe you can show me the ones in el Moro that I can possibly regular! The only thing that really excites me these days is hiking (kinda always has besides dancing). I find most other things so dang boring. Would the trails in el Moro be too narrow for the double, you think?

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          hellodaynatalie
          08/24/2013 at 8:25 am

          Let’s do it! I’ll get your digits from Jess and we can find a day that works. El Moro trail I frequent is definitely wide enough for a double. Cheers to hiking with friends!!

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