I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m a blogger. I’m a decorator. I’m a runner. I’m a runner? Yup, I’m a runner. It took me a long time to actually feel comfortable boldly stating to the world that I AM A RUNNER. I don’t have that long, slight, legs-for-days running physique and I’ll never win the race…but…I am a runner. I still line up at the same start line with the elite athletes and we cover the same amount of distance during a race…we’re just moving at a different speed.
Running makes me feel alive, reminds me of how strong I am, allows me to find that inner grit, makes me a better wife, helps me to work through my day, and lets me have an extra slice of pie and one more glass of wine. Running also makes me a better mummy!
Being a parent is the best job on earth, but it’s hard. It’s really hard. I love my children more than anything in the world but there is nothing easy about parenting. Running is a life distraction for me, my therapy. With every step I take, I feel lighter, clearer and stronger. There are days where I leave my husband in the chaos of toddler meltdowns and tears but I just need to get out. I need to use that run to release any frustrations. It’s amazing how I can walk back into a chaotic house after a run and feel completely calm and ready to embrace the chaos.
Not only do I run to keep my head on straight, but I run to inspire my children. I have 5 and 2 year old boys and a 1 year old baby girl. They have always known me to run. Whether I go out for a 20 minute or 3 hour run doesn’t matter. What matters, is that they see Mummy doing an activity that keeps her healthy and strong. I don’t want physical activity to seem like a burden to them, I want it to be part of their everyday lifestyle and I hope they always think of it as something that will keep them healthy and alive.
I get strange looks from people sometimes when I tell them I’m training for a marathon. Often times I get “how do you do that with 3 small children?” or “that’s a long time to be away from your kids!” It’s true, it is hard to train with little ones but you just do it and I have an incredible spouse who is my rock and swoops right in. It truly is a family commitment. Yup, it’s also true that some Sundays, I’m away from my kids all morning doing a long run, but it’s time for me. It’s time for me to push my body, to do something I love and return from my run the best Mummy I can be.
You may not every run a marathon or have any desire too, but I know there is something that you are passionate about that feeds your soul and will inspire your children, because I guarantee you that fueling that passion will not only shape your identity but will help you be a better parent. I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m blogger. I’m a designer and YES I AM A RUNNER.
Alicia is a mom of three babes, interior decorator, lover of red wine and believes that all spaces should be beautiful. You can find her at www.keepitbeautifuldesigns.com