Huh? How did I get here?

running

Even though I've been running since the birth of my fourth child, fifteen years ago, I still find it hard to think of myself as a real runner.


Aren't real runners lean and fast?


Because aren't runners those lean and mean people that run about in very small, wispy shorts with matching tops and a number pinned to their chest? And don't runners go really fast?

I don't match any of these criteria.

'I hate sports!' I tell friends who know me from way back when, and know my fondness for the couch. And to be sure I add: 'I think sports are stupid!'

And yet I run. For fifteen years, five days a week.

Being a runner is a lot like being a mom


It's a lot like being a mom. I've been a mom for twentyone years now, but I still often wonder:

'What lunatic left me in charge of five children and a whole household to run?!'

Because aren't mothers brisk competent women, full of confidence, who know what they're doing?

And yet I am a mother.

For twentyone years, at least twentyfour hours a day.
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  1. Dear Mom, I love your post, I get it. You're better than you think. You have shown such resilience and stick-ability as a runner and a mom, that is how you got where you are. No need to compare with anyone else, they have their shortcoming and challenges like we all do.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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    1. Thanks Kathleen. Those are some wise words. I love it.

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  2. I ask myself the same question everyday! I'm knackered and I just have the 1 child! I also do not match the criteria for 'runner' :)

    #justanotherlinky

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  3. I also have 5 children. Mine are ages 2 years - 9 years, I feel like all I ever do is run. And chase my tail, I chase my tail a lot! #MMBH

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  4. I love this comparison of runners and moms. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real Party.

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  5. Running for 15 years! That's impressive! Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon. This is my first time on your site. Can't wait to read more!

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    1. The trick is to turn running into a habit. That way you don't have to rely on your will power of character.

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  6. I was tired having two children but it's been nearly 6 weeks since having my third child and my god I've never been so tired in my life!
    Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlinky

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