It’s the return of a blogger interview! Today we meet Marisa who blogs at The Pace of my Life.
What do you do for a living?
I am a first grade teacher. I spend my days with 32 six- and seven-year olds August thru May.
How do you balance a family, work, and running?
Balancing family, work, and running can be tough, but a huge factor in my ability to do so is my husband. My husband works shift work, 12.5 hours a day, three or four days a week. So while his schedule can be a challenge, it also allows our children to have a lot of parent time despite having two parents who work full-time. He helps out a ton with the kids, with the laundry, keeping the house clean, you name it!! I would NOT be able to do it without him!! I work in my runs around his schedule, I run after work before picking up my kids at school or on my husband’s days off. My husband is also a runner and he motivates me to get out there and get my runs in, so that is also huge. We trade off on weekends and usually each get a long run on Saturdays depending on the kids’ activities. And thankfully, he doesn’t mind getting up early and getting out the door first, it takes me a little longer to get moving in the morning. Our family helps us out when needed, too. We are very fortunate.
How did you get into running?
I started running last February. I had been leading quite the sedentary life and had a million excuses why I couldn’t exercise. I didn’t have time, the kids, work, my husband’s schedule…blah, blah, blah. At the beginning 2010, I had started making more time for exercise and had been doing some exercise videos and watching what I was eating. It was helping me lose a little weight, but the weight loss was very slow, not really what I intended. So, I decided I would get back into running. I had run a half marathon about six years prior, but I hadn’t really wanted to do it. I did it more out of pressure from my boyfriend (now my husband) and his brother and sister-in-law. I started out slow and with low mileage and after about a month I registered for my first 5k, which led to my second and third 5k. And much to my surprise, I kept running and racing (and I was able to lose the weight I wanted to lose, plus more). Over the last year, I have been running further and faster and now I can’t imagine not running three to four days a week.
What is your favorite thing about running?
Running has made me a healthier and happier wife and mom. While I was reading blogs the other day, I read a great quote that pretty much sums it up “Motherhood made me a runner. And running made me a better mother.” from mother words™: mothers who write by Kate Hopper. And I have to admit, I am a bit competitive, so I enjoy racing and being challenged to improve on my times each time I enter a race.
When did you start blogging? What are your blogging goals?
I just started blogging about life and running last month. I like to write and I love to read. I had been reading a bunch of blogs by running moms and creating my own blog had crossed by mind a few times. Then my husband brought up the idea of writing my own blog. So, on a six mile run to a t-ball game, I thought more and more about it and the next thing I knew I was writing a blogging and doing my best to post a couple times a week.
What is one interesting/weird thing about you?
I’m not sure if this is interesting or weird, but it is funny. A few years ago I was in my usual morning rush, I had to drop something off at my brother-in-law’s house, drop the kids off at day care, and get myself to work. My husband was working that day, so he was not home to help out, on workdays he leaves the house very early. Anyhow, I was in a hurry and I was en route when I came to a stop sign that I have encountered a few hundred times. Since I was in a hurry, I did not exactly come to a complete stop and lo and behold I looked to my left and saw a highway patrol vehicle. I thought to myself, “Crap, he got me! Now, I am going to be late for sure!!” To my relief (I guess), it was my husband and he couldn’t possibly write his own wife a ticket!! 🙂
Thanks Marisa for your time! I definitely giggled at the fact that it was your husband! Did you get a scolding?!
And as always, I am so impressed by mothers who keep running and are able to fit everything in! I want to be that type of mother someday!