Training for a marathon is hard, but training for a marathon as a working mum is Chuck Norris Hard.
Heres my tips for surviving marathon training with a job and a child......
Get your family on board.
Training for a marathon as a mum requires a whole team effort. It will take you out of the house for many hours a week and it’s much easier if you have the support of your family.
Plan, plan and plan some more.
Organisation is key! You are going to need to channel your inner Monica. Go through your calendar, buy those birthday gifts, make those appointments, fill that freezer. Make your life as easy as possible for the next 16 weeks.
Make friends with your alarm clock
To ease my guilt and minimise family disruption, my alarm sounds at 5.30am several times a week. This means I am home before the family rises. It’s hellish at first but it gets easier.
A family that trains together......
This top tip was given to me by none other than Super Mum Jo Pavey. Bring kids and partners along on bikes or scooters and do some of your shorter recovery runs together.
Be a lady that runches.
Squeeze a run into your lunch break. If your work place doesn’t have shower facilities, then even a brisk walk is better than a missed session.
Taking the term “School Run” literally
To get my miles in, I run down to school everyday to pick my son up. Some days it’s the only way I can get any miles in, so I turn the short run into an interval session, sprinting/jogging to each lamppost.
Cut yourself some slack.
Maybe you haven’t dusted in a week (ok 2 weeks) Maybe you’re digging your work clothes out the ironing basket each morning. Maybe you’ve missed three sessions this week, as your child has had chicken pox and you haven’t slept for 2 days. But, does it really matter? You are still doing an incredible job. Just making it to the start line of a marathon as a working mum, is a mammoth task.
Finally, be kind to yourself and most importantly, never forget who is watching.
Assistant Bookkeeper from Berwick upon Tweed
Age group: 35-40
Club: Chirnside Chasers