If you’ve been a reader for a while, then you know that I was a teacher for a long time, had a kid, went part-time, had another kid, took a year off, went back to work, then left altogether. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind job-wise the past couple of years trying to figure out whether I want to be a working mom or a stay-at-home mom (SAHM).
Though, I do think a big reason why I had such a successful year of running in 2016 was because of just that, not working. There’s definitely something to be said about work stress impeding on running performance, at least for me.
BUT, another reason I think I did so well racing was because running became the only thing I worked for/towards. Besides taking care of my kids and home (two huge things), my only other big commitment was staying on track with my training schedule. I really considered it like my job. When Thursday said 11 miles at tempo pace, that’s what I did because that’s what I was supposed to do. So when that 4:00 a.m. alarm went off, I got up and got it done.
I felt like since I wasn’t working, running/training was something I could get fulfillment from–something that could make me feel a sense of accomplishment. This was lacking in my life not teaching. Not to say that I don’t get fulfillment as a SAHM, but having worked my entire life, being employed was a part of who I was.
So running became my job. And since I really do love working, this wasn’t such a bad thing. I clocked in and out on my Garmin, and each week I’d collect my mileage paycheck. My bonus? Finish lines (and PRs).
It hasn’t been a bad gig, but I’m still at a crossroads on what I really want to do. I love teaching and miss it dearly, but I’ve also enjoyed being at home with my kids and making training a big part of my daily life.
I always admire those who can do it all, work full-time and train full-time and be parents full-time. I just know for me, one of those is going to eventually suffer and when it comes down to it, it will most definitely be my training.
With big goals like trying to Boston Qualify, a part of me wants to sign another contract with Hanson’s Marathon Method.
Yet, the classroom keeps calling….
–How do you handle working, parenting, and training?
–Have you ever been at a crossroads with your career or have you always loved your job (or would you rather work for Garmin 😉 )?