Stuck for time? Where there’s a will, there’s a way
An elite running-mum’s perspective, from Olympic marathoner Liz Yelling ‘ Fitting running into a life as a busy mum is about having a good support network. Either that’s a supportive partner, or parents, or a nursery. It’s about creating the opportunities to get out the door, which may mean getting up early, before anyone else. So, how much do you want to do it?
‘Since becoming a parent I’ve also learned to stress less about running. If there’s a day where I can’t run, I don’t get hung up on it. I move my week around to fit in the runs I want to do. You have to think of the week as a whole, not that one day in isolation. I tell myself if I can run so many runs a week, it doesn’t matter when I get them in as long as I get them in.
‘ When our first, Ruby, was born, I did most of my running in the morning. I’d drop her at nursery three times a week and run for an hour. Sometimes I’d push her in the buggy and sometimes my husband [Martin] and I would run together with her. I would usually run one evening a week with some friends, too, while Martin took over with Ruby. Sometimes, at weekends, we’d all run together in the park, with Ruby in the buggy. It’s all a juggling act.’