by Deena Kastor | Mar 09, 2011 |
Teammate and friend Josh Cox and his wife, Carrie, just welcomed their little boy Asher Legend into the world! Asher and our two-week-old Piper will see their fair share of scenery as our significant others drive next to us during our long runs. Carrie and Andrew will give the kids a driving tour through the dirt roads and trails surrounding Mammoth Lakes. Carrie will undoubtedly be playing some U2 from the car for Josh while Andrew gives me some inspiration through Techno music. Our kids will also be well-traveled as they come to our races and meet the great community of runners we are a part of.
Piper loves to walk. Actually, she loves to cry but is soothed by walking. During my pregnancy, she seemed to revolt against any type of activity, but she now loves the rhythm of walking and the hum of the treadmill. March is too cold to take her outside, so the treadmill has acted as her “pacifier”.
It seems so clear to me that going for a walk or run is a great way to pacify any of us. In fact, the 45 minutes I walked was more time than I slept last night, and it is amazing how that walk recharged me. There are so many problems that get solved by simply putting on your running shoes and logging a few miles. As I settle for walking right now, I can’t wait to open up my stride and head out for a run. It’s been a while! In fact, while I was walking on the treadmill today, it was everything in my power not to turn the speed up and start running with Piper in my arms. The anticipation to run is equally exciting as when I finally get out the door for what will be the first time in months. I have a brand new pair of ASICS gel-Stratus waiting by the door for the much anticipated day. I hope to write about it soon…