Its been a while since my last post. (Hi, I’m the husband.) In fact its been almost 18 months. I’ve considered that my first post back should be some contemplative ramble that reveals I’ve learned deep truths about the world during my absence. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I’ve just been busy trying to be a husband, dad, educator and runner–all of which take a lot of work. In lieu of the musings, I thought I’d give a simple update on my side of the family life.
My December Challenge
Inspired by my wife, I have set a challenge of my own: commute to work under my own power. To begin, I will be exclusively biking and running to work for the next month. December is a bit cheating. It is a short month for me, only three weeks until winter break. Nonetheless, I am hereby committing myself to 15 days of commute under my own power.
Since Lily was born its been difficult to balance running with family and work. That spring, I ran my first trail race in Fort Collins and fell in love. Since then I’ve developed a passion for running long distances in the mountains. Its grown to mean a lot to me. The dedication and grit it takes to train for and run long distances makes me a healthier and more joyful person. When I run and train I feel motivated. I feel successful. I feel more confident at my job. I feel more present with my family. Running makes me better, but sadly it eats into family time.
With two daughters, a wife in school and a more stressful position at work, I want and need to keep running. In fact, I want to run more. I want to run 100 miles in a single day. Yet, I also want to be a more attentive and engaged father. To balance the two, I need to sacrifice and compromise. I need to find time and space to run with minimum impact on the family. What better way then commuting?
I’m hopeful that I can find a groove and routine over the next few weeks that will carry me into the new year. Ellie and the girls are ever gracious and supportive of me and my running, yet I acknowledge that I ask too much of them. I’m hopeful that committing to commuting will provide some of the much needed balance. I may loose a bit of sleep in the process, but its worth it to be able to run and spend as much time as possible with my girls.