Ok bloggy buddies I need your input here...and yes there will be lots of questions! I know that the running joke is that "Runners are different!" but I am wondering...."What is normal?"
Where is this coming from you may ask....well I have been really struggling my emotions lately between being a Mom and wife and being a runner. My whole life I have been a competitor and it easily transferred to my running. Each year though it seems to grow....a new challenge, new pr, new distance to conquer. I know that from reading so many of your blogs that I am not alone but when the two worlds collide (running and being a mommy &/or wifey) what do you do?
How do you show your family that they are important to you and still run as much as we do...races every month, long runs every weekend...???
Running these past years have taught me so much more about myself than I have ever known. It has shown me an inner strength that I never knew I had and has given me an identity outside of being a Mom and wife. I praise God for each of these roles and they each give me great joy which is what makes me feel guilty to also praise Him for the way running makes me feel.
I struggle to explain this to my hubby who feels the most burden by my running and racing schedule. He posed this question to me this weekend and I it has really made me think a lot about it. "Is it normal to run and race this much?"
What do you think? We are all women...strong women and whether or not you have children I know that your running impacts someone you care about dearly. We train, we race, we run, we strive to do better and better to reach that pr, we push ourselves to the limit only to finish and plan for the next....is this normal and if so how do you explain it to your loved ones?
Edit note: My hubby is in support of me running it is just the amount that I have gotten to that is becoming a struggle to balance.