Balancing Tips for the Busy Mother Runner

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Balance.

Something we all try to strive for, right? I’ve been told I’m unbalanced. Muscularly, that is. But do I think that I have my life in balance?

Absolutely not.

In 2013, I used the word balance as my word of the year – what I would focus on all year long. What did I find? There is no such thing as balance. I think life is a constant state of tipping the scales in whatever direction is most important in that moment. It then readjusts in the other direction as needed.

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Stonyfield wanted to know how I balance it all as I’m training for the Boston Marathon. I don’t, but here’s some tips on how to at least fake it.

1. Support – If Ron did not support my crazy running habits, none of this would work. He knows that running is what I love and what makes me happy (and most importantly, sane). In turn, he never gives me any grief about running a 20 mile race that begins in the middle of the day that practically eats up a whole Sunday of family time. It’s important to me so he makes it work. And he keeps the kids entertained so no one even realizes I’m gone.

Oh, mama just ran a race? I’m too busy digging in the sand to notice.

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2. Schedule workouts – I’m a big fan of routine schedules. I think it stems from when my twins were born. I was all about the schedule. Nothing messed up the schedule. Thankfully, I like to workout in the morning. Ron likes after work. Perfect! When I go to yoga class, it’s in the evening after Ron comes home from the gym. Of course, I would love to go to yoga earlier, but I know his workout is just as important as mine.

3. Prioritize – My daily to-do list is usually a mile long. With my job as a part time Clinical Exercise Physiologist, managing a blog, my coaching clients and picking up more freelance writing projects, I feel like there’s always something to do that I haven’t done or that needs to be done ASAP. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, I prioritize from most important to least on my list. For the most part it works, but I can’t say I never feel overwhelmed.

 4. Simplify – I love to bake and make a lot of things homemade. But marathon training on top of everything else is leaving me exhausted. My meal planning for the week, in addition to food/snack prep, has been rather lackluster lately. We’ve been relying on freezer meals, eggs or a simple stir fry for dinner, Larabars, and more Stonyfield yogurt for snacks lately. We aren’t going hungry but we are still eating healthy.

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5. Multitask – I stretch while I’m on the floor with my kids playing a game. I foam roll, do my core and PT exercises while watching TV at night. I clean the shower and stretch while taking a shower. What? I know I’m not the only one that does that!

6. Laugh – Seriously. Just laugh. I know I can’t do it all. But what can I do? I can laugh.

How do you find balance in your life?

22 comments on “Balancing Tips for the Busy Mother Runner

  1. This could be MY list! I mean seriously – it all has to be organized and supported or it falls apart. You know I don’t believe in balance because, like you said, you tip the scales to what’s important while never losing sight of the big picture. Perfect!!
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  2. Great post Angela! As much as we should all strive for balance, like you said, it is very difficult to put it into practice. We love that you schedule your workouts; very important ,and helps you keep those goals, and the purpose of each workout at the forefront of your mind. A supportive network is also a huge help! Thanks for sharing, our readers will enjoy this post.
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  3. I love this! I’m all about balance and finding that fit. I totally agree with you that scheduling is MAJOR. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a full marathon. Its scares me anddd makes me super excited at the same time. Thanks for sharing tips to make it happen!!
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  4. I always tell my clients that balance isn’t about standing perfectly still on one foot or on the Bosu. It’s about fighting the forces and winning, staying upright in spite of shaky ankles. I guess maybe balance in life is the same..
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  5. These are great tips and very similar to mine. There is no way I could do without my husband and I can relate to the twin thing. If you’re not organized they will kick your butt from here to China. It has been a great blessing because I have learned to be organized in all other areas of my life as well.
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  6. I’m probably in the minority, but I’ve become downright resentful of “multitasking.” Of the notion that I don’t have enough time to give something my full attention, and that I’m expected to be in some constant flurry of “productivity.” I actually think that has contributed to how much sleep I seem to need lately! I no longer expect each day to be balanced, but if a week (ok, that might also be a pipe dream) or a month (more realistic) is balanced, AND if I’m moving through the days sanely, that’s enough for me.
    Cheers 🙂

  7. Great post and advice here! I’ve been wondering about how to balance things how my husband/I’s running schedule will work out once our baby #2 arrives in another month or so. I’m sure it will be tough to get into a routine that works but we’ll find one! I’ve been slacking on meal plan lately too (going with super easy meals) but I think being 8 months pregnant has something to do with it…

    I’ll have to keep these tips in mind when I start running again in a few months!

  8. I find that staying organized keeps my life balanced and running smoothly. Keeping closets and clothing organized, as well as keeping a weekly workout calendar and meal prepping organized, help me find that balance for juggling life:)

  9. I feel like these tips are great not only for balancing your life, but also for avoiding injury. When I’ve been actively running, I tend to get injured if I’m not being good about keeping myself organized like this. Having a good workout schedule is one of the biggest ways that I keep myself safe!

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