Find Your Time
When I was first introduced to Avia I saw their logo “find your time” and fell in love. You see, no matter what stage of life I’ve been in I’ve had to work hard to find MY time, but I believe wholeheartedly it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
I became a mother on December 1, 2016. It was one of the greatest days of my life, but we all know motherhood isn’t easy. Every stage brings its only challenges and wonderful developments! I didn’t make it easy on myself because while I was pregnant I set the goal to run the Boston Marathon at 4 months postpartum.
A lot of people thought I was crazy, but the way I see it is you are the only one who controls your destiny. Is it going to be hard? You bet. However; everything I’ve had to work towards has always been worth it – 100%!
It wasn’t easy but even with a 2 month old I had to learn to find MY time in order to get my training in. Postpartum running isn’t quite the same beast as running before though. Not only do you have to get in the miles but you have to work hard to make sure you are building up your core and pelvic floor as well. If all of these aren’t done properly then it can lead to some pretty serious injuries or complications.
I quickly learned that I would have to find my time if I wanted a chance at making this dream come true. The key to finding one's time is to plan.
To find time to train with a new baby I had to:
- Give myself a lot of grace
- Not be afraid to ask from help from others
- Plan out my schedule ahead of time
- Involve my baby in your training (before he was old enough for the running stroller he sat in the Rock N Play beside the treadmill)
- Be willing to alter my schedule if needed for lack of sleep, fussy baby, etc.
I learned so much about myself in training for that marathon and now it has helped me become an even stronger runner as I work to gain my speed back again.
Even before I had my son I still had to find my time to get my necessary training in. My biggest running accomplishment to date was taking 1 hour and 9 minutes off my marathon PR in one training cycle and getting my first Boston Qualifying marathon time. It was the highlight of my running career thus far, but it was achieved with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.
To find my time when I was working full time and trying to fit in 8-12 miles a day I had to:
- Get up at 4:00 AM or earlier every day during the week
- Stretch and get in strength work after I’d get off work
- Run the same small loop early in the morning to stay where it was lit
- Run long tempos on the treadmill due to safety or weather
The thing is no matter what my situation was I always accomplished my goals (or came close) but finding MY time. I didn’t make excuses, I didn’t give in because it was hard to find time, I just found a way to make the time.
It’s easy to get lost in the chaos, the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, the early mornings but if you want it bad enough you can find YOUR time.
Remember – especially new Mom’s (and Dad’s) – it’s not selfish to find YOUR time. We all have to find ways to stay sane and to take care of ourselves. I am a better Mom when I find my time and that is what is most important!