Catching Moments


Tuesday-5 miles + Strength training

Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days where I have a lot of aha moments. Sometimes all I can think about is the next thing. I’ve mentioned I have my ‘to do’ list and I often get caught up in it.  I’ll get caught up thinking about my next run or race, what’s next for our family, waiting for summer, and the list can go on and on. I don’t let myself enjoy the now.

dancing in the kitchen while making dinner and waiting for the hubs to get home

dancing in the kitchen  waiting for the hubs to get home

During my workouts, sometimes I feel like I have to run my very best run every single time. If I do anything less, then I’ve ruined all my better or faster runs. Just like in life, I feel like if I’m not doing something great everyday, then I’m not doing my best as a wife and mother.

Yesterday, as I followed J around cleaning up after him instead of just sitting and playing with him I caught him in our bathroom wearing a laundry hamper declaring, ” hat!” “hat!” Yes, he had found himself a new ‘hat.’ It made me laugh so hard. It made me stop and spend the rest of the day just playing even if that meant not getting other things done.


The other day while I was reading to him, he was clearly bored or enthralled...

while I was reading to him, he was  bored or enthralled…

Not everyday will be perfect. Not everyday will be the best run. I’m so glad I get little moments of clarity to remind me what is important. I’m running my own race literally and figuratively. I’m working on living in the now and I love that my family helps me do that=)

IMG_0166fWhat helps you run your own race?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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14 Responses to Catching Moments

  1. a great reminder, you need the bad runs to make the good ones that much better

  2. So true that every run doesn’t have to and won’t always be perfect. I think just remembering this helps me get through long cardio days.

  3. Love it! Definitely taking the good runs with the bad makes all the difference. It’s all about having gratitude for being able to run in the first place.

  4. jumpeatrun says:

    great post! i think we all need this reminder every now and then. i totally get way to caught up in the to-do list too!

  5. Such a great post and so true! Thank goodness for those moments of clarity, I had one this morning 🙂

  6. Runner Girl Eats says:

    running my own race is my hardest challenge. I am always reminding myself that not all runs (or days) can be the absolute best and to just enjoy the little moments 🙂

  7. I love this!! It’s so hard to not be your own toughest critic, but sometimes we’re even harder on ourselves than we need to be. I took last week off from running and I’ve only done short distances this week and I was berating myself for that. However, I was doing them without music or anything and it was just me and my two feet. I found I was running slower, but I was more aware of my body and the area around me that it was rewarding in its own way.

    In terms of life, I’ve come to realize that everything happens for a reason and that I need to take things one day at a time and that one bad day does NOT equal a bad life. I think that is incredibly important to remember.

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