Running, Rain and New Beginnings
by Dr. Minette Riordan
If you read my publisher’s note in the September issue of North Texas Kids magazine, you know that I had a wonderful, restful vacation in Nova Scotia, Canada with my husband’s family (or you can read it here.) I spent two and a half weeks relaxing and indulging my creative spirit. Does that sound funny? I had this realization yesterday that for the past several years, I have been holding in my creative urges, saving them for a few Martha Stewart craft moments around Christmas. I love making homemade gifts at the holidays. I realized that I had been missing drawing, coloring, crafting, writing and all the other creative endeavors that feed my spirit in the interim eleven months of the year. I felt like I had to focus on work, kids, spouse, everything else but doing what I love, being creative.
I encountered a fun, meditative doodling method called Zentangle that has become a new passion and nearly an obsession. I was trying to explain to someone why I enjoyed the process so much and I realized that when I am drawing and being creative with my hands, my mind is freed to be more creative in other ways, too. Here’s a sample of one I did after taking a lesson with a Certified Zentangle Teacher who lives in Carrollton and one I did playing with Zentangle and pastels, which I love to work with. You can see other fun examples on their Flickr Gallery.
But what does all of this have to do with Running, with Rain or New Beginnings? First, my husband and I had been talking for a few months about running another half marathon together this fall. Well, it is official. I am publicly committing to running the White Rock Half Marathon on Sunday, December 5. Any one else game? I have run/walked two other half marathons but it has been a few years and I was quite a bit lighter. This is one more step that my husband and I are taking on our year-long quest for better health and a renewed relationship.
Which brings me to rain and new beginnings. Hermine is here, I woke up around 2am this morning to the sound of rain pattering against the skylights in our bathroom. I love that sound! It made it difficult to get out of bed and I didn’t get up as early as I wanted. It also meant that I would have to run on the treadmill and that Brad and I would not get to run together. We love the times that we spend together walking, jogging or cycling. He is training for his first triathlon, which is on Oct. 10, so most of his time has been spent training for that, meaning our time together was minimized.
While I am incredibly grateful for the much needed rain, I regret the loss of time together today. We love setting goals together, taking on new challenges and facing the world with a unified front. We are not always perfect, we make mistakes, get on each other’s nerves and sometimes get so caught up in life, we forget to take 5 minutes to talk with each other. Brad sent me this great article the other day on 4-minute conversations with your spouse that reminded us what we are missing.
I think the most amazing part of the work we have done to improve our lives this year is the impact on our beautiful children. They never cease to amaze me with their depth of understanding and ability to model what we are doing. My son asked for a family meeting yesterday to discuss implementing a large family goal, one that he and my daughter could do with us. It reminded us how much they need our togetherness, their own big goals and the motivation to succeed. We agreed to sign up for the Marathon Kids program this year, which is a great goal to get us all up and moving.
Yes, we do have fitness goals and no, I am not a runner. I am still at least 30 pounds overweight, I have not done any running in over a year and I am extremely busy with North Texas Kids and my other business ventures. But, with the support of family and friends, I can do it. You can, too. It’s September already! Only 4 months left this year. When was the last time you pulled out your goals from January and revisited them? Take stock today and do something wonderful just for you and watch your kids follow in your footsteps and see the value in taking care of themselves.
Happy running in the rain! Here’s to New Beginnings, any time of the year.