I just read about a fit mama with a new baby who is in the place we’ve all been–overwhelmed and trying to figure out if and when she can squeeze in the workouts. Remember that? It’s a tough place to be. And I know it doesn’t end with the newborn stage; having small children and trying to maintain some semblance of training is hard. Really hard.
There’s the whole time factor. How do you possibly fit in workouts when someone seems to need you 24/7? (You can) Then there’s the guilt factor. Are you being selfish/a bad mom for going for a long run because you want to do an upcoming race? (Emphatically NO!).
I just want to tell any and all of you with small children–it WILL get easier with each passing day, month and year. My kids aren’t all that old (11 and 7) but I can tell you that I am in a pretty sweet spot right now in terms of balancing their needs with mine. But I do remember those earlier days, quite vividly!
You’ll learn as you go how to make the workouts happen and keep the family clicking along. Before you know it, your oldest will graduate from a jogging stroller to his/her own bike that he/she can ride along next to you. Before you know it you’ll have one or more in preschool and voila, there’s a little opening for you. Before you know it, your kids will have their own activities and you can find free moments in there to train. Before you know it, they’ll be running alongside you.
Enjoy each stage, even when it’s harder than hard to manage it all. Because the cliche we hear ALL too often (they grow up so fast!) really is the truth. My oldest starts middle school next year and like I said, yes, things are easier now than when he was little. But trust me, every now and again, I long for those days when I was pushing him in a jogging stroller. At the time it seemed I’d be leashed to that thing for the rest of my life, when it reality, it was the blink of an eye.
Where are you in the long/quick spectrum that is child rearing? How has running become easer for you as your kids have gotten older?