My iPhone beeps out to me at 4:45 am every morning. Even Sundays. Whether it’s 85 degrees, humid and miserable or like today when it’s suppose to be just 5 above(without the windchill) I hit the snooze button twice until finally by 5am I rise and get my running clothes on and hit the streets. Sometimes, if I may admit, I sleep in my running clothes to save time.
I’m a runner. I’ve been running for 20 years. I was a runner before I was a mom. I ran the days my children were born. No, I was not feverish.
And while I don’t run the marathons I once did before I became a mom, I know those marathons are still somewhere inside of me waiting to be ran again. Someday. Soon. When I’m ready to give the runner in me more time again.
Because here’s the thing. Running is important to me. My kids are even more important to me. But I’m not the greatest mom if I still don’t do something for me. Something of my own. And running is truly my one thing.
If I don’t run, I don’t feel good. I don’t feel like myself. BUT I also don’t want to cut into my time with my kids to do it. So…5am seems like a the perfect time. And best of all is that it works for me.
And yes if the littlest sometimes still wakes that early – well girlfriend is going for a ride in the jogging stroller at 5am because Mama wants to run.
Also I think it’s important to show our kids how important a healthy body is – through love, exercise, eating right and making healthy choices – it’s the only body we get and they need to know why it’s important to just be healthy. And fit.
So mom’s running shoes are always sitting right next to the backdoor ready for their next run – if they are not on my feet of course. That is a picture my kids will take with them for their whole lives. Stinky and sometimes muddy and usually very well worn running shoes will remind my kids of their mom just as well as her passion for black boots and scarves.
I was recently sent a copy of Hot(Sweaty) Mamas by Kara Thom and Laurie Kocanda. It’s about being a fit mom and a fit family yet maintaining balance. It truly gave me more perspective on how I manage my time and my guilt and how I view my priorities about me, running and being available as a mom. It was realistic and I love that just being a mom was woven throughout this whole book.
Maybe that marathon training will come sooner than later.
A link to more info and an author Q&A can be found here. It’s worth a read.
Do you take time for fitness for yourself or as a family? How do you balance it?
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book to read but was not asked to review it. All words, stinky running shoes, and strange morning wake-up times are my own.