The key to your running transformation is...
Learning how to put yourself first*
1. Forget perfect
Before I became a Mum, I always had to make sure I had the right energy gus (a weird kind of gel you eat for energy during longer runs) for my training sessions.
I needed my favourite water bottle. I had to make sure my watch was charged, and that I was wearing a matching outfit.
These days, I’m lucky to have a clean pair of underwear on.
Forget perfect. If you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve gotta pick up that coffee-stained shirt from the floor, put on the still-wet pants from yesterday, and GO.
2. Remember that social media is just a highlight reel
Ahhhhh, the age of Instagram.
These days, you get the privilege of comparing yourself against an ultra-marathon-running super mum of twelve in NZ who only feeds her family activated oxygen and also happens to be a judo champion.
I think so.
Try to remember that what you see on Instagram is rarely anything more than a highlight reel.
Nobody’s sharing about how many times their kid threw up on them during the night… Or how they ended up with a cockroach-filled backyard on the day of their photoshoot. (<<< Wait, I may have actually done that. Oops.)
3. Talk to yourself like you would talk to your kids
You are such an amazing cheerleader and supporter of everyone else in your life…. It’s time to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, too!
Congratulate yourself every time you lace up your running shoes (even if you don’t make it out the door).
Give yourself a hug if you manage to run 100 meters (even if you planned to run 1000).
And never, ever beat yourself up for not being “there” yet.
(Wherever that is.)