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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Running is Like Parenting

Running is hard. Parenting is hard. And the more I think about it, the more alike I realize they are.

Just because you have a lot (meaning 3+ as far as I'm concerned) of kids, doesn't mean you are a better or smarter parent. And just because you run more miles every week or month than someone else, doesn't mean you are a better or smarter runner. In both cases, quantity DOES NOT equal quality. There are soooo many factors that come into play in both cases.

If you only have one or two children, parenting isn't automatically easier for you. You are not less of a parent than someone with more kids. No one knows how much you put into your effort as a parent. You can devote more time and energy to one child than someone else does (cumulatively) to four children. And just because you run less than someone else, doesn't make you less of a runner. You may be a much smarter runner. A much more disciplined and informed runner. What you see on the outside can be deceiving. So don't judge a book (or a parent or a runner) by the cover.

Even when your youngest child is 6-years-old, sleeping through the night isn't something you can count on every night. And when they are older, they keep you up late because they are out with friends or just because you lay awake worrying about your perceived failures as a parent. Feeling tired is something that becomes the norm when you are a parent. When you are running regularly, especially when you are training for a race, you are also always tired. You just don't get tired the same way when you are going to the gym or working out at home every day. There's something about running that takes that little extra out of you.

When you are a parent, there's poop involved. Whether it's in diapers, wiping toddler fannies, hearing poop comments, or being randomly informed by your child, "My poop has been green the last two days," you can't get away from it. For some reason, it is also very much a part of being a runner. Whether it didn't happen and its lack thereof haunts a run or (especially) a race, it does happen but at inopportune times, or your stomach decides to rebel post-run/race and let's you experience it off-and-on for the rest of the day, poop is involved.

The biggest similarity though:

Some days it's hard. Some days it's easy. In the end, it's always worth it.


  1. So true. Some days your the windshield and some days your the bug.

  2. I always cringe when I hear people say I 'only' have two kids and I have totally caught myself saying it as well. I cringe because of what you said. Two kids is still hard! Having one or two or seven doesn't make me a better mom and someone can be just as 'busy' with two as someone is with three. It is all perspective and it all comes down to how much you invest in your children's lives. I know my kids think it is super cool that I run races, but I am pretty sure they think it is cooler that I read books or play with them. Any who, excellent post. You are an amazing mom. I look up to you in so many ways, but especially in this department. You are THERE for your girls. They adore you (as they should) and it is because of the stellar mom you are.

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  4. This is the most stupid comparison i have ever heard.
    You can find normal articles here on parenting


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