I am training for another marathon and this question has been asked of me so frequently over the years that I thought I’d give you a few pointers today. Not that I’m a pro, by any means, but the logistics of having a busy household and committing to training can be a bit tricky.
1. Agree to support each other.
Whenever and whatever it takes. If your spouse is not running, be sure he/she is on board with your decision. Not just on board, but cheering you on!
2. Accept childcare assistance.
For me, when I can run without my children, it’s a treat. I have been blessed that when both of my children have been in school I can get in some miles. Sometimes I will exchange running times with a neighbor or when my husband is at home, we exchange “holding the fort” time.
3. Adjust as needed.
Keep the mile schedule if possible, but be willing to change your strategy for the day. I loathe the dread mill, however, running on this while the kids play under my watchful eye is sometimes the best I can do for the day when my spouse is out of town and I just can’t make an outside run work. If you know that one day of the week is going to be more flexible than another, run the longer mileage runs on the flexible days.
4. Add your children!
This summer, my 10 yr. old son ran with me in several races while my youngest stayed behind with Daddy. Running builds character and increases confidence in children! My son did exceptionally well and loved every moment together- it was a very cool moment for all of us. He even asked when he can run more!
5. Appreciate whatever you can do.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t think the situation is most ideal.
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Heb. 12:1
If you wait for the time to be perfect, you’ll never run.
I’d love to hear either your ideas and tips for running with children. Can you leave them in the comments below?