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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?
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.
Since I started running more seriously after my twins were born in 2010, I’ve needed to find a balance in life and running. Training eats up a ton of time. It’s hard to not live and breathe by a training plan. But life isn’t cut and dried so there needs to be flexibility.
Here are 5 things that helps me to (somewhat) balance life and running:
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. Or leaving town for four days so I can hang out with my friends and run a race. It’s important to me so he makes it work. And he keeps the kids entertained so no one even realizes I’m gone.
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 usually after the kids have gone to school on my days I work from home.
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. 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. Or use my kids as added resistance. I clean the shower and stretch while taking a shower. What? I know I’m not the only one that does that!
5. Make Myself a Priority – For years, I’ve had mommy guilt. I’d get the side eye from other moms when they asked where my kid’s were while I was training for races, at a yoga class or working out in general. It was like – How dare you leave your kids for that long! But I got over that guilt really quick when I realized that I’m a better mama, wife, friend and overall person when I take that time for me. If I don’t make myself a priority, no one else will. And I can’t take care of my family if I’m not well.
I exercise, eat right and take supplements to fuel my body so everything runs smoothly. Finding balance in my digestive tract is equally important. That’s why I take a probiotic.
A few years ago, my iron clad stomach decided to get funky. It wasn’t pretty and I was beginning to think something was seriously wrong with me. Around the same time, I read an article about endurance runners being more likely to have leaky gut syndrome. When you exercise, cells lining the intestinal wall pull apart a little bit. Gaps between cells allow things from the GI tract to leak into the bloodstream causing problems. One of them being an urgent need for a mid run potty break. Like any runner, I’ve been in that position one too many times.
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I don’t think I’ll ever have a total balance in my life. But that’s o.k. as long as I have harmony!
How do you balance life and running?
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