Having done so myself, I reflected on the things that I think made it possible for me and I wrote back
explaining that marathon training is a lot of hard work and requires a lot of time and so much of your focus and energy. I can say pretty much the same thing about having a young family. Little kids are a lot of hard work, they take up all of my time and require all of my attention and focus. In order to mesh the two and not completely burn out I found I had to make little sacrifices.
I wrote a nice positive reply about sometimes having to get up early or go run late and about being flexible with my training schedule. I wrote about taking care of myself and taking time to recover so that I still had some energy left to play with the kids and everything else.
Training for a marathon while taking care of little kids IS possible, I think you just have to be dedicated and willing to do what it takes to fit your training in around it. I always took my boys' excited "How was your run Mommy?" as a sign they were okay with it too.
So, after sending my reply to this friend I had to stop and take a good hard look at myself. Earlier that very same night I'd been complaining to my husband about missing my hill workout that day...
- And about the bowl of chips I had for a snack.
- And about being angry that I didn't run during quiet time.
- And about how I didn't like having the treadmill in the garage.
- And about how I felt so guilty about rescheduling another run.
- And about how I'm not very creative with our damn Elf on the Shelf...
|Seriously, this is the best I could come up with!|