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I am so excited for you to meet Kristen Van Horn who is sharing her busy runner mom tips with you today! Kristen is a Mother Runner, Teacher and Run Coach who is passionate about sharing her love for running, as well as her triumphs and struggles with other Mother Runners. You will love Kristen's honestly and authenticity in these 6 busy runner mom tips she is about to share! Be sure to check out Kristen's blog and follow her on Instagram!
Busy Runner Mom Tips
One of the questions I get asked more than any other is how am I able to do it all? As a working mom, coach, part time blogger, and runner, it can be seriously difficult to try to squeeze in everything I need to do in a 24-hour period. Most days, I feel like I need at least 30 hours in order to cross off everything on my to-do list, while still having time to work full time away from home, coach each afternoon, get in a decent run, blog, and still have time for my family. It definitely isn’t easy, but I’ve learned a few things in my short time of being a mom of 2.
6 TIPS FOR BUSY RUNNER MOMS
Plan, plan plan.
It probably doesn’t help that I am beyond Type A, but I absolutely have to have a plan for my day, week, month, so on and so forth. I not only use my phone to help me stay planned and organized, but I also use a paper planner that I can put our family calendar, weekly menu, my workouts, blog posts, and my daily lesson plans all in one place. In addition, we have a family calendar in our house as soon as you walk in the door, and another large calendar on my desk at work. Yeah, I’m a little crazy, but it helps me remember all the important things that need to get done on a daily basis. I use my phone the least, but it is great for setting reminders for things I know I will forget, like doctor’s appointments I made 6 months ago, or things that I need to bring with me to work the next day.
Find your priorities.
Like I said, I typically feel like I need 30+ hours a day to fit in everything that I want and need to do. I’ve learned I have to prioritize what absolutely has to get done and what things I want to get done. Obviously, work and family come first, but there are always things that I can wait to do, like if I don’t get around to cleaning the bathrooms or getting the toys picked up. My house is probably almost always a mess, which I hate, but I know that there are more important things in life than dust-free furniture.
Determine where you can make sacrifices.
I know this one kind of sucks, but at some point, you are going to have to give on something. I have to finish my work and I have to make sure I can spend time with my family. Those are non-negotiables. But I also know that if I don’t workout, I will not be a pleasant person. So, sometimes sleep has to take a seat on the back burner (or something like that). I wish I could say I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, but after the kids go to bed at 8PM, I need some time to unwind and relax, get some work and blogging done, and fold the laundry. Unfortunately, that usually means I only get about 6 hours of sleep each night. If I’m extra tired, sometimes that means skipping a workout or skipping a blog post that week. Which brings me to…
My mantra after having my second child 16 months ago was “let it go”. I had to be OK with not being “perfect” at everything. And that’s OK. If I skip a workout, I can reschedule it or just be OK with not getting that workout in. Or reminding myself that I won’t lose all my readers by not following my typical blogging schedule one week. Or even just being OK with asking for help once in awhile. I had to let go of having control over everything and let my husband start making the kids’ lunches every night. While he doesn’t nearly feed them as healthy of foods as I would like him to, it certainly has saved me not only time, but my sanity as well.
You don’t have to be Super Mom to be a super mom.
I am far from perfect as a mom. I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with my kids as I would like and I lose my temper with my 4 year old more than I care to admit, but I know that the time I do get to spend with them is precious. I also know that the time I give to myself to workout and relax help me be a better mom. Having “me time” to run, workout, shower, etc. are necessary as a mom. Just because my kids eat quesadillas and have more “screen time” than I care to admit, it doesn’t make me a “bad” mom. It makes me human. What matters is that my kids know how much I love them and that I can provide for their basic needs on a daily basis.
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