WEEK 4: BMO Vancouver Marathon Training
My husband left today on a business trip and I’ve come to realize what an integral part he plays in my exercise regime! Tonight, I should be going on my weekday run but with him being gone, I’m worried that it won’t get done.
Why? Well, there are kids to wrangle, dinner to make, house stuff to do and the dog needs a walk… and after being at work all day, I’m sometimes just plain TIRED. Yes, I know if I go for the run… I’ll feel better, but we also have been fighting flu-like symptoms that seem to have gotten to all of us except my teenage son. I’ve committed to this marathon and I know that I need to respect the distance and put in the training. Don’t get me wrong, my kids are now 14 and 12 and they understand that I’ve made this commitment and I need to run, but I feel bad because there’s no adult there to “cover”, if you know what I mean. My husband and I make a good team. In fact, he’s training for the marathon, too. We both are sharing in this experience together… covering for each other and doing a little tag-team parenting at times.
Years ago my husband used to travel for work quite a bit. In fact, for 4 years of his career, he traveled back and forth from Seattle to Vancouver working on the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion.
That’s right, that beautiful jewel of a building (or so I think so), my very own husband lead the architectural design team. He helped shape the building, made presentations to the stakeholders and the public, coordinated consultants, and even made presentations to the Premier. He worked his tail off and to this day (although he’s left the firm he worked at to start his own practice) he’s immensely proud of the building as it wins award after award. During that time, he would be gone for 2 and 3 day trips back when our kids were much younger. I didn’t exercise much back then. (To my physical and mental detriment.) With two small kids, it seemed almost impossible to fit in. Life sometimes is all about balance… and priorities.
In the last few years, taking care of myself through exercise has become a huge priority. It’s the boost I need both physically and mentally. It allows me to be better at everything else I do. Thankfully, our kids are much older and can handle me being gone for an hour. (Those dishes might sit in the sink though…)
I hope that everyone in my family knows that when I cross the finish line, it’s not just me… it’s all of us.
Gotta go… Mom needs to run.