When I turned 40 I decided to live Big, Bold, and Beautiful! This has been a year of self-discovery, re-invention, growth and change. I made a choice to wake up with positivity, and to start my day with prayer and to become more intentional with accomplishing all of my hopes and dreams for the future. I am making sure that I am embracing hobbies, while holding on to the things that I enjoy in my life. I really enjoy running half marathons and the rewarding feeling after completing 13.1 miles of a lovely race. I truly enjoy being in the running community and meeting new friends along the course. However, in lieu of such a wonderful experience the reality is that finding time to train as a busy mom can become a serious challenge. I am facing that challenge today, especially this summer with having both of my children home, my husband’s hectic work schedule, and other obligations outside of the household. But I know the best thing for my life is to honor my love of running and to create a strategic goal of running a half marathon by the end of the year.
Marathon training can be like working a part-time job, so I know that I have to be totally dedicated to this mission of training, and some things will have to be put on the back burner during my training time. The real challenge will be keeping my home, family, and myself together once I decide on the race date. I know that once I choose a race date, and purchase my bib number the vision of running becomes very real! Whether I have to fit in runs early in the morning or run late at night.
I think that running can add to my schedule but it can provide stress relief, clarity, and relaxation, and a big sense of accomplishment to my busy day. I believe that working full-time outside of the home or being a stay-at home working mom it is all work and all a challenge of finding an ideal balance of work and home. my hope is that these tips will not only help me with my goals and endeavors, but at the same time help someone else working towards improving their health and wellness goals this year.
5 Best Tips
1. Time Management: Time Management is crucial for any runner novice or seasoned, because I have a busy schedule meal planning and meal prepping is number one on my list. I like to have a list of meals planned for each week, especially during training time. Having the laundry done, clothes laid out, and home cleaned is the best strategy for me.
2. Set a Goal: Focus on improving your running time during each training session, and set a goal for how many days a week works for your schedule. I know that 3 days a week is doable with at least two hours per day.
3. Work out in the Morning: I think that it is a challenge to wake up early in the morning. However, I find that I am a morning person and waking up early to do prayer, devotionals, affirmations, and a run is crucial for self-care.
4. Enjoy Training: Training for a half marathon should be fun! I think about the joy of doing something just for me, the benefits of becoming a better wife, mother, and business woman.
5. Stretch: Always remember to stretch before, during, and after your training runs. I sometimes forget this most important element and hit the couch right after a great training run!
“Rise to the challenge, to live your own life. Success is not something that can be measured or worn on a watch or hung on a wall… [It] is the certain knowledge that you have become yourself, the person you were meant to be from all time.” — George Sheehan