Life as a Running Momma

   Life is busy as a working and running mom of 3 young children.  My days are wonderfully full.  I am often asked how I manage to be a competitive runner while raising my kids, and working full time.  I usually laugh and say that I am still trying to figure it out.  I don't get everything done.  There is always a meal to cook, dishes in the sink, laundry in various stages of completion, and clutter to sort and put away.  Also, there are always stories to read, games to play, places to explore, and hugs to give.  I feel very blessed to have 3 sweet kids that I get to be there for and watch grow up.

   With my running, I cram a lot of my workouts into parts of the day where the kids are sleeping.  My husband Greg is very supportive of my running, and watches the kids while I go to yoga, or out for runs, or away on trips to compete with Team Canada.  I would not be able to run like I do without his support.  Thank you Greg.  My Mom is also wonderful. She helps out quite a bit with childcare, so Greg and I can run workouts together, and compete in races together.  Dinners and sleepovers at Grandmas have been events that the kids look forward to.  Thanks Mom! I am very grateful to have the help.

   Like a lot of moms, I struggle with guilt when I'm away from my kids during a race.  With the length of the races that I do, I have time to think about them as I'm running (and I do - A LOT).  Sometimes I  feel selfish for spending so much time training for the events that I compete in.  But,  I know that my time running makes me a better mom.  I come home from a run or a workout more relaxed, and with more energy to devote to my kids.  I am happier, healthier, and a better mom because I take the time to be active.

   I have been running for over 20 years - with only a little time off for injury, or illness.  I ran through 2 out of the 3 of my pregnancies.  With my last pregnancy, I went for a short run 3 hours before my daughter was born.  It has been a constant in my life.  I have been lucky enough to be able to be competitive, and to experience many top female wins.  I have represented Canada and competed in World and Commonwealth championships.  I have met many wonderful people through running.  My best friends are runners.

   This sport has given me more than medals and a running shoe addiction.  With running I set goals and work hard to achieve them.  Getting to a goal is messy and it's never linear. I always doubt my abilities, and struggle to believe that I can go that fast or far.  Luckily there are many people who remind me that I can do it (and after a while, I believe them).  Running has allowed me to give back as well.  I coach the running teams at my school, and I have watched proudly as many of my athletes have won county medals.  Coaching and encouraging kids is one of my favourite parts of my job.  I don't expect my daugthers to be runners.  They can if they want to, but if they decide that they would like to do something else, I will be there to cheer them on.  I hope whatever they love doing surrounds them with friends, and gives them as much joy as running has given me.

In the finishing chute of the Brantford Rotary 5k road race, pushing my 2 year-old in the jog stroller, while 6 months pregnant with my 3rd baby - April 2013

My 2013 Mississauga Half-Marathon finish - 31 weeks pregnant with 3rd baby

Exploring Santa Maria, Azores together

Tessa's first race - The Bunny Hop - April 2015

The family in Santa Maria, Azores - summer 2015

1 comment:

  1. Lisa! I love it! This was inspiring to read. I got back into running about 2 years ago and I'm trying to figure out the balance between family and work and running. Anyways send me a message! Laura