I get asked a lot HOW I am able to balance career, family and running... lately I feel a bit out of kilter in my balance, but you asked :)CAREER:
My Big Girl Job has been BUSY, leaving little time for my mid-day runs. I usually look at my week ahead calendar and plan my running days around meetings and after work events. My office has a locker room, running trails nearby and showers, which makes being active SUPER CONVENIENT!! Add the fact that my running buddy Kerrie HERE is just 1.3 miles down the road, I have a great mid-day running set up. I won't be able to get in more than 7 miles during my lunch run, but that is enough to get in a great sweat and maintain my fitness. When I am in training mode and know I have a busy work week I will plan EARLY morning runs with a buddy or after work runs with the family or on a treadmill.
If only I could make Blogging and Running my career I would be set :)
I am BLESSED to be married to the most amazing husband, Muscle Man supports me in all that I do. He is a stay at home Dad, which means that I am not chained to all of the house chores, we tackle them together. I love doing laundry and he likes to cook, WIN WIN. On weekends when I have Running buddies coming into town like Jess HERE this weekend, Muscle Man will often take the kids to my in-laws so that I can enjoy and even host Slumber parties :) He knows that running and friends help me to be a happier person, which equals a better wife and mother.
As I plan my 2012 racing calender I will talk with Muscle Man because when I commit to something I need his full backing and support. His response "Do what makes you happy."
There are days when I feel like my Running takes away from our kids, the Mommy guilt is ever present. 20 miles on a Saturday morning when I could be taking the kids to the Zoo or sitting down to a family breakfast. This GUILT will never go away, it reminds me that my priorities are in place, that morning I chose running, but my #1 is my family. Before I ran I was heavy, so heavy that playing with my young son was difficult. These days I have endless amounts of energy and we are teaching our kids what it means to be active.
Through my Running I am setting them up with a role model, "Mommy runs to the Finish line," "Mommy got a medal," "Mommy can sprint around the track to come tickle me," Mommy and Daddy push us in the stroller." These are GOOD things for our kids to have. And Family Runs are my most CHERISHED of my workouts.
- It is all a BALANCE...
I cant always reply to personal emails or great Blog comments
I tuck my kids in every night
I get stressed out and overwhelmed
I am disappointed in myself when I miss a workout
I love that my husband supports me
I run fast when I can
I run slower when I must
I am always up to run with a friend, at any speed
I cant wait for the next FUN race with my buddies
I am off to start my Big Girl Job...
- How do you do it??