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How Do You Do It? Juggling Family Life & Running
November 27, 2017
As a wife, mother of four young children, business woman, marathoner and competitive runner, “I don’t know how you do it,” is a phrase that I’ve heard quite often over the years. When asked ‘How do I do it,’ I usually reply, “I don’t know, I just do it.”
So when the idea was put to me to write about how I juggle my life as wife, mother, running coach and distance runner, it required quite a bit of thought.
Decisions, first and foremost. If no decision is made, then nothing is accomplished. Whether it be to decide to train for a race, do the laundry, take the kids to the library, life is all about decisions. I usually make my decisions in weekly increments, since some of my week is predetermined with training, coaching, and the kids, but I still have to decide when and where I’m going to coach and train, when I’m going to clean the house, what I’m going to make for dinner, who’s going to watch the kids while I go to the gym…
Prioritize – but be flexible
Prioritizing, Organization and Flexibility are also key. Mapping out my week is a way for me to try and stay organized and prioritize my tasks for that week. Being organized plays a huge role in my life, and even then some weeks can feel overwhelming, and some tasks just don’t get done.
This is where prioritizing comes in, especially during my training. If it comes down to cleaning the house, or going out for a training run/workout, the run/workout always wins. The cleaning will eventually get done, but a run/workout missed is hard to make up, if ever.
Being flexible is another thing that I’ve had to learn. Having four kids, and coaching clients, who have busy lives of their own, my weekly schedule does not always go as planned. I have to rework my chores and training around them.
Set realistic goals
Goals… I always have a goal to work towards. A goal race, goal to write schedules, goal to have all the laundry put away by the end of the week, a goal to spend time with my children. Whatever it is, setting goals, large or small helps to keep me focused and on track. I’m lost without a goal. Goals, being organized and prioritizing go hand in hand. However…..
Be committed and determined
Commitment and Determination are crucial in achieving goals. I would not have the crazy, wonderful life that I have today if I were not committed and determined to doing all the things that I do, and do them to the best of my ability. It’s all about achieving!
Be thankful for supporters
And of course, I would not be able to achieve any of my goals if it were not for my wonderful husband, children, family, friends and running buddies, who are my constant helpers, motivators and cheerers. We all can do it…sometimes something has to give, but
unless one is laid up with a physical ailment, there are always ways to be lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Whether it be peeling your head off the pillow at 4am to go for a run, being at the gym at 9pm at night because your kids have soccer, and it’s the only time you have, or rolling yourself off the couch because you’re too dog tired after a hard day to go work out, but you’re committed and determined.
Don’t waste too much time thinking about it, just go out and do it – DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET IT DONE! – I think that is truly the key to leading a full, healthy, active lifestyle –