When you become a mother, your children can easily become your whole world. Between school, extracurricular activities and the everyday basics of putting food on the table, clothes on their backs and maintaining a home, a lot of time goes into being a mom.
I’m guilty of allowing myself to become the “default parent,” a phrase I discovered last year.
- Who takes Baby Girl to gymnastics class and swim lessons? – Mom
- Who schedules all the kids’ doctor, dentist and eye appointments? – Mom
- Who takes Baby Girl to her classmates’ birthday parties? – Mom
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy doing all those things and my hubby joins us when his work schedule allows. But sometimes, it can be hard finding time for the things I like.
One of the things I truly enjoy doing is running. I started running in 2007 when we lived in Fresno, Calif. It was something I had wanted to do for years and I finally decided I was going to start by training for and running a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Fast forward nine years and I’m still running and racing, but with two children, I have to be more creative on when it gets done.
Before the arrival of Baby Sis, I would take Baby Girl with me on runs that were less than an hour, pushing her in the jogging stroller. When she became old enough, she would run a mile or so with me.
Now that I have two children, I’m trying to figure out my new running routine. When it warms up, my plan is to put Baby Sis in the jogging stroller and let Baby Girl ride her bike for short runs. Longer runs will have to take place before I go to work weekday mornings and before my hubby goes to work on weekend mornings. Treadmill workouts are an option. I just need to get Baby Sis adjusted to the club’s childcare.
The past few weekends, I’ve been able to run one or both mornings and it’s been great. During solo runs, I get lost in my thoughts and take in the scenery. When I’m with friends, I reconnect and enjoy the camaraderie. I’ve also squeezed in a few workouts at the gym after work.
Right now, I’m training to run the 10K leg of a 5-person relay for the Glass City Marathon. I also plan to run one or two half marathons later this year.
Running helps keep me sane and healthy. Plus doing something for me renews my energy and resolve to be all I can be for my family. How do you make “you time” a priority? Let me know in the comments below.
Serena Smith is a senior marketing communications specialist at ProMedica. Click here to read more posts from Serena’s monthly series, Working Mommyhood.