Running has helped me be the mother I want to be.
Rather than my family only getting the leftovers from a long day (my short-tempered, irritable and tired self) – I am refreshed and full.
I feel strongly that one cannot pour from an empty cup. Self-care is important. Finding yourself is important. Having a self is important.
Finding the things that fill yourself up so you have more to give is important.
Of the countless wonderful gifts running has given me, it also helped me be the mother I wanted to be by:
- being more patient
- having more energy
- taking time for self-care
- finding my self
- having my own hobby/interests beyond just being a mother
- giving myself time with my thoughts to discover and re-evaluate who I am
- giving myself designated time to reflect on my day
- knowing I have a scheduled appointment with my running shoes and my thoughts gave me alone time to look forward to
- focusing on small successes as significant wins
- remembering that one foot in front of the other still moves me forward
- teaching me that speed doesn’t matter- always quality over quantity
- remembering that its ok to speed up when I’m feeling great, and also ok to slow down if I’m not feeling so great…as long as I do not stop
- teaching my kids that strong is beautiful
- showing my kids that inner strength, tenacity and mindset is what will be the difference between doing and dreaming
- teaching my kids that resiliency is a muscle to be trained
- reminding me that there are people watching my every move
- reminding me that even if I don’t feel like it, I’m a role to be modelled– they will, and I should conduct myself accordingly
- showing my kids that excuses are a choice
- proving that the notion of limits, is self-imposed
- demonstrating commitment, and showing my family that I’m willing to finish the things I started even when I don’t particularly feel like it
- teaching my kids that we are in charge of setting our own goals
- debunking the illusion of urgency
- proving its ok to be a beginner at something
- demonstrating my lessons learned to my kids by having a tangible goal (like a race distance) to achieve
- teaching my kids that we support each others efforts (even if it means waiting outside in the cold for four hours and cheering for them until voices become hoarse- and cheering even harder if they happen to come in last place)
- showing my kids that improvement was inevitable when I put in the work
- showing my kids that I will decide how my day is going to unfold by taking charge of it
- reminding me that not being the best doesn’t matter, as long as I tried my best