"I just don't have the time!!!" Have you said it? Have you heard it? I say it daily to myself, but the truth is the lack of time never wins. I'm a single mom of a 5 and 4 yr old, who are both involved in gymnastics. I work two jobs and I also coach a local RunClub. Needless to say, I'm always on the go. I'm always tired and yes there are days I don't want to run. So, how do I do it? Well, time management is definitely key but managing your time well wont do you any good if the passion and desire just aren't there.
Im NOT a morning person but I still get up at 4am to get things done. I set alarms with motivational quotes or have "crazy" morning folk call to yell at me to get the hell out of bed. I run after my kids get dropped off at school and on my lunch breaks. I do my best not to let my running and cross training interfere with my time with them. Sometimes they even ask to do a workout with me, but for the most part its all done before they wake up or while they are at school. They are very aware of what do and I hear it when they play with their dolls or pretend to read fairy-tales to one another. Once I heard Liz tell her sister, "Once upon a time there was a handsome and strong prince. Strong like mommy because she runs alot." I catch them in my room sometimes just standing in front of my medal hanger in awe. I know at that moment Ive made them proud and that somehow they too will know that with dedication and hard work, they too can accomplish just about anything.
When it comes to work....Ive been blessed with great co-workers who embrace my crazy and my stench or who are quite crazy themselves. I'm sure they are thankful that I always come back to work with a clear head and a way better attitude. I may drag my feet out the door during lunch, but always return with a little more bounce. I can honestly say that Ive never ever regretted a run no matter how terrible. I keep that in mind when I try to find an excuse to not lace up and go. Plus, I get to come back to a room of people telling me how crazy I am.
Do I rest? I'm getting better at allowing myself a break from everything. When I'm always on the go, its just habit to stay on that path without noticing that its time to hit the brakes. Those days involve my bed, coffee, music and a good book. Do I feel guilty? Yes! Its something I'm working at daily. I'm learning to be ok with letting the laundry sit one more day or being ok with not crossing off that one item off the weekly to-do list.
"I hope you spend your days...but they all add up."
My first steps as a baby according to my parents was actually a run. At 5yrs old my dad took me to the NYC Marathon, but truth be told I had no idea why people were running down the street. All this was foreshadowing for what was to be a life of running almost 30 years later. "If opportunity doesnt knock...build a door."
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