Maybe my ease in becoming a mom runner was due to the fact that I have never been one of those women who wants to cuddle with every baby alive, I don't ooh and ah when I see a baby and as a mom I had no desire to 24 hours every day holding her. I still deserved my own time, this may make me in the minority (at least for publicly stating this).
Yes, I put my child in child care at the gym for 1-2 hours a few days a week. She enjoys it and I get in a workout. She gets to socialize and play with other kids and it is good for us both.
Yes, my daughter spends time in the BOB up to 15 miles. We chat and talk about the world around us, stop at the park, use this as a mode of transportation to run to the grocery store. The first year BOB saved me many days with the only nap she was going to have. I often spent many more miles then I planned outside so she would keep sleeping. Now BOB means snack time, looking for animals or getting to play at the park.
Running is me time. Why do so many moms think this is wrong? After spending
|My biggest cheerleader!|
Yes, my house could be better organized. Life is about sacrifice and mine is often my house. I figure what makes us all happier; a run or vacuuming?
Naptime saves me. No I do not watch her sleep, I can honestly say I don't get these people who say they spend hours watching their child sleep. Yes, there were times she slept in my arms and I loved it. Naptime is time to hit the treadmill or bike trainer and make it count. Heck this got me through much of Boston training in 2011.
I sacrifice sleep. You often find me out running at 5am or hitting the gym for 5:30 spin class. I love to start my day like this. The world is so peaceful and I honestly don't mind being up at this early hour.
Yes, my daughter has been to more races then most adults. We had a great system in the beginning: get ready and right before we left I'd breastfeed and she'd quickly fall back asleep in the car. I'd race and be back to breastfeed when I was done running. It worked well. Now she is learned about the excitement of racing, cheering and encouragement. Watching her with other kids I frequently hear "You can do it" or "Keep trying"
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I am sure many out there do not agree with this and feel I should be at home with my child, but this is what I do and it works for us. She is happy and that is the important part.