Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain

Kennesaw mountain trail

My friend, Elizabeth {rockin’ guest post from her coming to you later this month} recently reviewed an article in Forbes Magazine entitled 14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends. I may not be a C.E.O., but I am a M.O.M. and by the time Saturday comes around, I am just as in need of some refueling as a Fortune 500 exec.

My go-to activity of choice is distance running, but as our family’s schedule gets more packed during the week, I have found myself cramming in my weekly miles either before or after Clark goes to work. I am not a fan of cramming since the whole idea behind distance running is to get out of my head and re-energize, and I loathe the feeling of being under the gun. Recently, I rearranged my routine to save the bulk of my mileage for the weekend. Now, I have something to look forward to during the week. When the kids {and the husband} go down for a nap on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, I plug in a few podcasts and hit the mountain trails. {Although this past weekend, I let my curiosity get the better of me and I disobeyed one of those barred entrances. I ended up a half-mile off course booking it through waist-high weeds for fear that I would be bitten, stung, or mauled before I resumed the straight and narrow– oops}.

When I am on the mountain {and abiding by the recreation rules}, it is the only time during any given week that I am not thinking about laundry or unanswered voice mails. It is quite simply a sweet slice of time and space to discard the stress that  has me by the throat the rest of the week. I barely get phone reception out there, so I am quite literally “unplugged”. It is glorious, and I am more ready to face the demands of the week ahead.

How about you? How do you recharge your batteries on the weekends?

{Photo by Colin Athens}

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1 Comment

  1. Jade said,

    April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    you simply impress me!


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