I used to hear this ALL the time. There are naysayers everywhere and honestly, I know a lot of them.
So this is the scene, before kids. I ran a lot. I worked out a lot. I was in very good shape. Bump into an old friend, coworker, or neighbor at the supermarket. We exchange pleasantries in aisle number 8 and give a short synopsis of what we are both up to. My life in 4 sentences usually included one training/running/racing tidbit.
Enter the catchphase.”That’s because you don’t have kids.” If I didn’t have kids, I could run all the time too. If I didn’t have kids, or work 10 hour days, or volunteer so much-I could too. There are a lot of reasons people can’t find the time to be active and sometimes it’s the honest truth. But a lot of times, it all comes down to what is important to you. There will always be things that compete for your attention and time, for the rest of your life. It’s up to you to choose how you spend it. And unfortunately, there will also always be people that will downplay your accomplishments to make themselves feel better. It’s up to you to prove them wrong.
2 kids later- I run more now than I did before kids. Of course, it’s at crazy hours of the morning/night or while pushing 65 lbs of kids in a double stroller, but I still make time for it. No, it’s not easy. Yes, I am tired. Absolutely, there are other things I have to do. But still, the effort comes forth because I want it to. I need it to. And so I do. It’s as easy as that!
Keep moving champions!