On days that I'm not with my kids, I've adopted a strategy of doing as much as I can possibly do for myself. I go to an amazing yoga class that I could never go to before, I have my girls over for wine, I work out, and drive to beautiful places for the day.
When my friend Jen told me she was running in the Black Bear Attack at University of Maine, and I had the morning free, it was the obvious choice to join her. The race was one of those obstacle course mud runs, a trend that seems to be sweeping the nation.
When you have a rainy morning without your children, you should definitely say yes to rolling around in the mud. I think I read that in a self-help book once.
I spy Suzanne and her girls hooting and hollering.
The race was mostly a trail run, but included obstacles like crawling through mud, jumping over hurdles, running through a waist-deep swampy pond, climbing up and over a wall, across balance beams, through some tires, and then ended with the most fun part: a giant slip-and-slide covered in water and soap.
So, I'm going to keep saying YES to good, clean (or dirty) fun. Every other weekend. Does that sound optimistic? I'm trying.