While in China, I was going back and forth with a friend. I considered joining a gym with her. I downloaded their class schedule on my phone and figured out how many I could probably make it to weekly after the kids went to bed. Really--what was I thinking? Did I think I'd have all sorts of extra time once I got home? I must have been feeling pretty confident about parenting 6 kids while working full time while I was halfway around the world.
There will never be enough hours in the day--a single parent or even a parent of 1 child could tell you that. I will not have enough time to deep clean or finish laundry for at least the next 10 years.
While feeling completely confident that I could do it all, I did end up signing up for a 1/2 marathon. I had another friend sign me up since I was on the plane back to the United States
with two screaming children when signups opened. Once I got home I put off training. It was frigid almost.every.day.even.through.April. I put off training for exactly 3 months, until I could no longer wait for 40 degree weather to actually show up and for me to find the time to actually train. I stopped obsessing about beating my own PR (Personal Record) and focused on just finishing. I trained in a just 4 weeks (*obviously not ideal and please do not do this*).
I was up at 6 a.m. on weekends so that I could be home with the kids by 8 for breakfast.
I dropped my daughter off at softball a few nights a week and ran until she was done.
After the race, I came home to my fan club of 6. I don't think any of them realize how far 13.1 miles actually is, but they were really excited anyway. We tried to take a picture but...well...you know how that goes.
Life resumed immediately: grocery shopping, 2 soccer games and a baseball game consumed the rest of my day.
There is no rest for a mom with 6 kids, that's for sure. But sometimes a mom needs to just blast some music and run.
Time to just whip out the double BOB, throw a 3rd child on my back and just take some long walks for now. As long as it's not too hot or cold (or windy), I'll sign up for some more 5k or 10k races too--and maybe another half in the fall. Happy running!Like what you read?