This is a well known time of day in our household. My kids are well aware of what happens at this time each day. As the hour of cranky approaches, small glimpses of the monster appear and the air is tense with suspense of what is just around the corner. Emotional outbreaks and flailing arms and legs are present among the children, as well as unnecessary hyperventilation and overreaction of said children. The darkness of the night slowly creeps in as the daylight disappears, the birds stop chirping, and the crickets start singing their nighttime lullaby.
The monster that comes out on the hour of cranky is complete with dark circles under its eyes, flared nostrils, frizzy hair, all sorts of food, boogers, and spit-up on its shirt, and a look of craziness only this specific kind of monster can have. Its name is Momster, or Momzie, as the children like to call it. She comes out only at night when it is time for her children to go to bed. All day she has been patient and kind, full of energy and laughter, creative and playful, empathetic and snugly, helpful and open-minded, relaxed and carefree, etc.
She goes by the name of Mom during the day and Momster, or Momzie, by night. Do not test her once the hour of cranky begins, if you do, you will surely regret it. She turns into a drill sergeant with her unforgiving tone of her voice as she tells her children to brush their teeth for the umpteenth time. As her kids whine and complain about how they are starving to death and so so very thirsty all of the sudden, she raises her voice and her tired, bloodshot eyes widen with frustration. The Momster’s true colors appear as her children physically struggle to climb into bed, as if she is asking them to climb Mount Everest with an elephant strapped to their backs.
Be considerate of the Momster. She is tired. She is human and she needs time to relax at the end of every fun-filled day with her children. She is Mom. And she loves her boys!
Its 9 pm, a.k.a. Cranky O’Clock!
Nothing kickstarts my day into gear like a morning trail run! It is hard to get myself going in the morning, but once I am out there in the woods I feel energized. I ran a solid 4 miles today, easy pace of 9 minute miles, and didn’t push it too hard. I did stop to take some gorgeous pictures of the morning though. Often times, I pause my music and just listen to the sounds of nature. The birds, locusts, and the warm breeze running through the trees is music to my ears.
Rarely do I see another runner on the trails; usually I come across walkers, bikers, and the occasional horseback rider. It was nice to see a fellow runner out there this morning. As we passed each other we waved and she said
“Beautiful morning for a run!”
I responded “oh yes it is!”
We passed each other again, after my turn around point, and I said
She responded “have a good day!”
I know that conversation was short, but it was sweet. We were both enjoying the morning by running on the trails. Although I admit, I do use my trail runs as a break from my kiddos. Sometimes I just need a good hour to my self! I actually “kill two birds with one stone” because I am able to get a nice workout in at the same time.
I am so lucky to live where I do! The winters are long, but the summers are AMAZING!
I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!
This photo is just one example what I see on my trail runs. I LOVE this time of year because I finally am able to run on the trails that run all throughout the county. The trails are absolutely stunning during the summer months. The wooded trails run through various farmland, backyards, and on bridges over roadways. There is always something new to look at. The beauty of the quiet nature is always so peaceful and satisfying. I admire the way the sun shines through the trees onto the pathways.
I have always enjoyed running. I was never very talented when it came to sports. I always resorted to running because it was simple; there was not much to it. I started out slow, but overtime I grew in strength and endurance and appreciation for the sport.
These days, I use running as my outlet; my stress reliever. There are many days when I feel sluggish, stressed out, or overwhelmed with everything I have to do. After coming back from a run, I feel refreshed, level-headed, accomplished, and overall happy. If I didn’t have running in my life, I do not know how I would cope with the daily struggles of motherhood, and life in general. I am lucky to have a vice where I can release all of my anxiety in a healthy and positive way.
I know plenty of friends and family members that have addictive personalities and rely on unhealthy vices to relieve their stresses. I could have easily gone down a different road of drugs, drinking, etc. But I am thankful that I didn’t. I am thankful that I am able to use running as my ultimate stress crusher!