Taking care of ourselves as moms including our fitness can feel like the hardest job in the world. When I had 4 babies and little ones, I struggled to take care of myself. Getting a shower, wearing something other than sweat pants, going to the bathroom by myself were all a big deal. Having the bed to myself with a full night’s sleep was a big deal. Never mind having the time to run. My exercise was walking with a stroller full of kids, and for periods of time, wearing a baby, too.
My kids are now 5 and up. Over 18 months ago, I started running again. I ran in the morning before everyone got up and loved it. I ran races. Then, I badly sprained an ankle this past January, and hurt the other ankle in May.
Getting to rehab during the summer and doing my physical therapy exercises at home worked. The kids were home. My oldest son was home to pitch in as a babysitter. I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to run. Taking care of my self was easy; I didn’t feel selfish. I knew I had to rehab my injuries even if I didn’t run again. Once you’ve sprained your ankle, you’re more likely to sprain that ankle again.
I started running again in August though I found myself getting up later to run. I’d lost the habit of heading out the door at 5:15 am. With school starting in September, I chose to run on 2 week days after dropping off the kids and run on the weekend twice. It worked. I did struggle with getting my physical therapy exercises done at night because now we had Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venturing on the calendar.
This week threw a wrench into my running schedule. My youngest son has been melting down big time in preschool. I’ve been to school twice to pick him up. The principal and I decided to switch my son to half day preschool until Christmas. I won’t be able to do my runs after dropping off the kids because that’s become precious writing time.
I feel guilty bringing my youngest son to a local park to play while I run around the track. I feel guilty for feeling frustrated with the change in my schedule. While I can feel guilty initially, I need to work through it and get comfortable with the new schedule. Running is important to me. My son is important to me. It’s okay to spend 30 minutes twice a week running while he plays. It’s okay to take care of myself.
I’m learning again to put my oxygen mask on first in order to take better care of my kids.
Printable: Fitness Journal (I use this as my visual inspiration for my fitness goals.)