Both as a mom and a runner, going the distance is my main goal. As a runner this means I'm quite slow, but as a mom it helps me to prioritize.
For example: all my kids can choose óne afterschool activity, preferably within walking distance. Because after doing the school run four times a day, they come home for lunch, I don't feel like driving around like a mad cabbie.
As a mom and as a runner I have made a lifelong commitment to these identities/activities, and I'm hoping to live a long life. Therefore it's important I use my energy and strength wisely, so I'll be able to go the distance, and not crumple into a sad, sweaty heap of misery.
Because tired runners can count on a ride to the finish and a comforting blanket around their shoulders, but who takes care of burnt out moms?
So I choose to go slow and far, rather than fast and short.
I'm in it for the long haul, and when I reach the end of the line I hope I can say: 'It's been a good run!'