Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride

Well, right now I am driving, heading west, over two mountain passes in my Subaru. The rocket box is packed and the girls buckled in their car seats. As you read this, Margot and I are probably singing to Jack Johnson’s Reduce Reuse Recycle while my right arm is stretched to the back seat helping Ruby find her pacifier.

Just the three of us on a little road trip to hook up with my niece and sister-in-law. We are meeting half way between our homes for a few days of hanging out, coffee, walks, watching our kids love each other. I imagine there will also be a lot of staying up too late and sore bellies from laughter.

So, no nuggets on Wednesday. In the meantime, you can read about my clumsy, kinda funny and uniquely rewarding running efforts with my daughters in this week’s mama digs.

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I have been running with my two kids. Oofta it is hard but I enjoy this challenge that looks a lot like my overarching challenge as a mama of two: it’s all about a sliver of time, an alignment of stars and getting on it, putting one foot in front of another, before it passes. Sometimes the opportunity isn’t convenient but when the opportunity is there, it is only right then.

Get on it. And then soak up the subsequent empowerment that it, whatever it is, can be done.

Going for a run is not organic and whimsical like it used to be. It requires the skilled precision, practice and focus of, say, a sniper or an Olympic athlete…click here to read the rest of this essay ay

29 Responses to Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride

  1. Sage says:

    I would be the sister given ya the high five. I seriously know how hard this is… sans the 2nd kid, but just getting the preschooler and the dog and me out the door for a hike or run is always a challenge.

    “It’s me reminding myself and showing my daughters that putting one foot in front of another, the best way I know how, is the only way to see new things and find home.”…. love this this. Relating it to other aspects of my life this morning and finding solace in it.


  2. This is great and so very true. I don’t run but in the warmer months I pop the kids in the bike trailer and am thrilled at the synchronicty of us getting to the grocery store, park, river and me getting exercise! Sometimes I take the long route, the very long route because I’m sneaky like that.

  3. So glad you’re making something that means a lot to you happen~~kids, dog and all. It’s crazy what it takes to get a toddler and an infant out the door. It’s so terribly easy to just say forget it. Inspiring.

  4. Jillian says:

    Nici, you are fantastic!!!!

  5. cake says:

    i am not a runner, but i do know this feeling.

    and, now i have that song stuck in my head! thanks.

  6. Ann says:

    I could write an entire essay on this subject! First of all you forgot (or maybe chose) not to mention how if you don’t COMPLETELY empty every single drop of urine from your bladder before the run you return home soaking wet. I always hope my dark navy jogging pants don’t show the gallon of urine that leaks out of my body with each step. Or is that just my postpregnancy problem?I have been running far less just because I don’t want to take the time to do what you just described and I only have one kid. I guess I can’t really use the “it’s too cold” excuse when you are doing it Montana and I am in Texas! I have a running stroller that I walk Edie in. Maybe this weekend I’ll get my shit together and run with her. I just want to exercise by myself!!! Do you feel that way?

  7. TRB Holt says:

    Whew! I would think between just, getting two kids up…eating breakfast…dressing Margot TWICE…playing hide and seek with mittens…nursing Ruby…putting bra on & getting yourself
    dressed…layered babe in sling…wet hats…getting stroller out of garage…buckling toddler in & dog on leash that you already deserved a high five sister friend!

    Have a safe trip I love you!

    xoxo, Mom

  8. Earth Mama says:

    Oh gosh, I remember those arm reaching days of driving. I always kinda felt like my body was stretched very awkwardly…that maybe I was truely a bendable contraption of sorts. We just turned Lake front ways, now I feel like he’s a big kid, but really he’ll be one in a couple weeks.


  9. Melissa says:

    so you are amazing and inspiring. and i hope you have a lovely trip. and it brings me such joy to read your posts at work on a monday morning (espec after a trip to the ob where she gave me her “empty calories and exercise speech;” blah).

    but i have a question as we have the same lovely stroller and i envision getting out w avi and little sister (not to run but you know) and my question is: did you buy a special contraption to get the bottom seat looking like that for ruby? or does the seat somehow reconfigure? sure i could find the manual or something but i thought i’d ask you first. (:

  10. Heidi says:

    you rock HARD CORE, man!!!!!

    i sooooo needed this bit of inspiration!!! i keep saying i will run when it warms up…yeah, in florida…and that’s my lame ass excuse.

    so running tonight. swear to all that is holy and good…i’m running tonight! no excuses.

    that pic of ruby looking up at you is adorable.

    i realized after looking at that pic that you also had your camera with you as well. amazing!!!!

  11. j.j. says:

    Hey to the road trippers! Hey also to who you are visiting….lots of love to you all.

  12. Safe travel, girls, and may you make lots of lovely memories. Have fun!

  13. Malissa says:

    Virtual “high five” to ya brown spandex mama! Have fun on your road trip! :) M.

  14. Theresa says:

    Fun blog!

    Good for you for doing the running. I know it’s a feat. They do grow up, and may even make dinner for you one day. Mine do. Come on over for a giveaway…a fun one, something created by my biggest girl, who is 13.

  15. Theresa says:


    2 girls is about as good as it gets

    we have 2, they are now 13 and 11, best of friends.

  16. Kelle says:

    Ruby’s little eyes peeking up from the ‘bottom bunk’ of that stroller are just precious! Run on, sistah!

  17. brandy says:

    I know only too well the neccessity of toddler restraints (strollers, carseats, what have you) in order to do things like dress and pee without some disaster (hat in dog water) happening! Go you!
    I laughed when you were singing Aint Noting Gonna Break my Stride because I seem to remember seeing this video recently for some reason…and remembering that the guy who sings it slightly resembles a love-child between Balky from that 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers and Freddie Mercury. So I googled it. He does! (look like that, I mean.) and his name is Matthew Wilder. And he was born Mathew Weiner.

  18. Anonymous says:

    i didn’t realize jogging was possible in the sport! you don’t bump your knees? i’d love to hear how you like this jog stroller, i might have to get one. glad to hear you are enjoying your new life so much!

  19. Kelly says:

    You. go.girl!!! I’m so impressed! It’s warm here and ive only got one kiddo and im not out there pounding the pavement. What an inspiration you are!

  20. Kim says:

    Awesome inspiration! Thank you…I needed that kick in the keister (sp?…well you get the idea)!

  21. Nina says:

    Hilarious! I feel you Sister Friend! I hope to see you out there next time I’m out with my kids in the stroller and my challenged spandex!

  22. Penne says:

    I remember those days (17 years ago) running with what had to of been one of the original “BabyJoggers”. It always felt so great to come home after a great romp but a couple memories: 1) that wrist leash is not just for show but very important when crossing streets and running downhill and tripping as I’ve been known to do! 2) One never realizes how much you use your arms when you run and when you have to hold onto the stroller it changes everything. You do get used to it, but when you are strollerless it feels so liberating! Happy Running!

  23. Jen Slayden says:

    Oh yah! I remember those days! I had a double stroller though, that would go sideways because the older child was bigger and heavier. Add the yellow lab on the leash and the baggy OLD sweatpant….well, you get the picture. It wasn’t pretty!
    Good for you, and for what you are doing for your kids, who will develop a huge love of being outdoors no matter what our crazy MT weather!

  24. Melissa Wehri says:

    Love it! Love it, love it, love it!

  25. paige says:

    And taking photos the whole way… amazing.

  26. finny knits says:

    Yes. That woman SHOULD high five you!

    I have seen a few different women out running with their babes in the running strollers and they get special recognition from me. Not just a head nod, OH NO, they get a “Right on!” and a big smile and a thumbs up.

    It’s rare that I’m this much of a goober, but I swear these women – YOU, WOMAN – are incredible. It’s all I can do to get my own self on a run and maybe the dog, much less my own self and 1+ babes and a dog.

    From me to you – Right on!

  27. Pam says:

    The look in Bug’s eyes with her arms sticking straight out (completely unbendable from the myriad layers I would imagine) is classic!

  28. Ann, I too feel like there are many stories here….this one actually took me a while because I had SO MANY things going on…the pee squirts, running with one kid, two kids, add dog or non of it. Running alone, not running at all and being ok with that. This is the first of several!

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