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When you’re a hockey mom, your life becomes a rat race cloaked in a fog of fatigue. Some weeks there simply is not enough caffeine to keep you awake. Day in an day out, you race from the bus stop, to work, to the gym, to practice and then to home. By the time you eat dinner, its after 9:00 and your falling asleep on your plate. Maybe your kid doesn’t play hockey, but plays another sport or activity, but the story is the same. Pure unadulterated exhaustion. As I figure it, I will finally get a chance to sleep in sometime in December! Woohoo!
In effort to balance your life, you have to make yourself a priority. It could be carving out 30-60 minutes for exercise. Or maybe you take the time to actually use the Massage Envy membership you bought yourself. At this point in my life, I could get 86 90 minute hot stone massages without me having to come out of pocket. Do as I say, not as I do is clearly the message here. Nevertheless, I’m taking time Sunday to get a nice relaxing massage. If the meme below speaks to you, like it does to me, it is time for you to make yourself a priority.
I went for a run tonight when I got home from work tonight, despite the fact my abs were destroyed in Barre. For context, my abs have been so sore since taking my first Barre class that I can barely get out of a chair, rollover in bed or stand up. Hey, the upshot is that I know the class worked! In order to run, I had to figure out how to mitigate the pain in my core. As a result, I found a girdle (sexy I know) for lifting weights that I could use to support my abs while I ran.
The run sucked, but running in 88 degree weather is never the most fun you will ever have. The runner’s high you experience post-run is amazing and can’t be beat. I only ran 2.75 miles because I’ve been having some serious shin pain in my right leg and serious knee pain in my left. Sadly, my left knee was not loving the run so much. Fortunately, my right shin felt pretty good during the run and feels okay still. Fingers crossed!
No sooner had I sat down after taking a nice post-run shower, when the Mayor called me asking me to pick him up from practice. Hubby took them to practice tonight. The Mayor’s practice ends at 7:20. Meanwhile Goalielocks finishes practice at 9:30 pm. I, of course, told him I’d pick him up. I drove to the rink through the usual log jam that is Friday traffic on the turnpike to get My Mayor. The normally six minute drive, took at least 15-20 minutes. Good times. Only in Florida, is the quickest route on the turnpike through the pay lines and not the Sun Pass lanes. Craziness!
I got to the rink and saw my Bantam parents outside in their “Oktoberfest” beer tent. None of them had seen the Mayor. As I drove towards rink two, my hubby came out of the rink laughing. It seems the Mayor, in between the time he hung up with me and I got to the rink, had arranged to go home with a friend and out for dinner. Amazingly, the Mayor forgot to relay his change of plans to mom. I thought I was going to blow a gasket. I had finally gotten comfortable when he called. Now here I was circling the parking lot at the rink in my pajamas hair uncombed with searing pain in my core. Ah yes, motherhood is a glamorous gig.
As I figure it, the ab pain is really a good news bad news scenario. First of all, it is good because apparently my ab muscles still exist. It is bad, however, because any movement like coughing, standing up, sitting down, laying down, coughing or laughing causes the some serious pain. Sadly, while I have now confirmed the existence of said ab muscles, they’re nowhere to be found. In fact, they’re now in the witness protection courtesy of Irma and stress. Here’s hoping they emerge from the program before the holidays.
I’ll leave you with this incredible video of the band Aha (awesome Norwegian 80s band) performing Take One Me acoustically. Shout out to one of my fave people, the one and only BG for directing me to it. Its incredible, enjoy!