Now, the second option is not quite as restorative for me, but it's great mother daughter time. It's good for her to see Mom exercising, even if she doesn't understand. It's important as a mom to not lose sight of who you are. You take on a new identity, but it doesn't have to replace your previous identity.
I only recently began to think of myself as a runner again. I'm trying to get out at least three times a week. On Mondays I can run by myself. There's something magical about pushing yourself, getting past the point of quitting and literally going the extra mile. Feeling your body accept the task and re-energize. Thing is, you don't have to run hundreds of miles a week to be a runner. You just have to run.