SuperMom vs Hysterrunner

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This past week was a doozy! In the USA, this should have been a week of thanksgiving, tradition, faith and family.  However for many people, it was a week of gluttony, football, and shopping. For me, it was a combination of the former and a battle with my inner SuperMom.

Like most women, I wear many hats – wife, mother, sister, friend, prevention researcher, hysterrunner.  Before my surgery, I balanced them pretty well with help from my partner.  When I had my surgery, I sent my cape to the cleaners.  I knew that I had to step back from doing it all and focus on my healing.  For any woman, this is a scary thing to do.  I had to live with the fact that everything that I normally do could not be done.  I had to accept that and focus on me.  A hard thing to do when you are used to doing EVERYTHING!

Over the past 2 months, I have gradually been doing a little more each day.  I cooked a few meals, honey did the rest.  I had the mini sort and carry the laundry to the washer and dryer.  I poured the soap and folded the clothes.  Team work makes the dream work as they say.  All while slowly getting back into a running routine and returning to work.

This week the gradual return to SuperMom became a full jump as my honey went back to work, too.  I hadn’t realized how much I had grown to depend on him until he wasn’t able to be there.  It’s hard to leave for a run when you have to cook dinner and go over homework.  When my body says it’s time to go home and take a nap, that’s not possible when groceries need to be purchased.  I was glad that it was a short week so that I could spend a good part of the holiday weekend organizing and prepping for the upcoming week.  Something I haven’t had to do in a long time.

All in all, the week wasn’t too bad, though! I still managed to get in almost 12 miles between Wednesday and today!  I got in an Unofficial Turkey Trot 5K with the mini on Thanksgiving morning.  I’m attempting a Holiday RunStreak, which means getting in at least 15 minutes every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I am actually hoping I can continue it between Christmas and New Year’s; but, that will depend on our holiday travel plans.

I learned that it is possible for SuperMom and Hysterrunner to coexist.  Although, SuperMom needs to listen to the Hysterrunner a bit more in order for her body to keep healing.  Basically, I learned that…

not super mom pic

(Image from the awesome blog – http://trainingupfive.blogspot.com/2012/07/super-flawed-not-super-mom.html)

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