April 18 2016
One stroller running veteran shares her top tips for runners new to hitting the roads with their little ones in tow.
There are going to be a lot of changes this week for me and my little girl. I am moving to an apartment. I filed for divorce a year ago, and have been living with my parents in their basement until my divorce was finalized. Now that the divorce is through, I am ready to move forward and to start fresh. My daughter and I are stoked for our next adventure!
While I was living with my parents, I was able to go running at 5 a.m. every morning. I would put the baby monitor in my mom’s room before I left. Then I was able to run and be home by the time my daughter was awake. It worked out perfectly. Now that I am moving out, it is going to be harder to keep up with my training. There will be a lot more treadmill and jogging stroller miles. But that is okay. Thank goodness we will be living close to my mom. She will be there as a babysitter for those days that I need a good trail run or some track work. As I was thinking about ways to continue to make my training work, I started to feel rather selfish about how much I value my running. I then realized that I was being silly.
Having that time each day to run isn’t selfish—it is what helps me to be a better mom.
We all know that we have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of anybody else. Running gives me so much confidence. I feel like a million bucks after I finish a hard run or hit a goal pace. Pushing my body with workouts each day gives me more energy to chase and play with my 2 year old. I am setting an example for my daughter that taking care of our bodies is important. I am (and will be) teaching Brooke that becoming a parent doesn’t mean you have to give up your passions and hobbies. Running has been my antidepressant over the last year. It helps me to work through the tough stuff. I am able to count my blessings while I am out on a run, and find gratitude in the simplest things. This helps me in every area of my life. I hope that quality rubs off on my little one.
As I experiment over the next few weeks with how to keep up with my running, it may be more difficult to continue at times. Mark my words. I will find ways to make it work! Running helps me in so many ways, especially to be a better mom.