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|