This past weekend, I was discussing family issues with two runners I coach. Both were facing different family situations but both needed training adjustments due to these family issues.
Note how I stated they “needed” training adjustments?
There’s a reason I stated it that way.
They needed these adjustments. They didn’t request or prefer. The reason is simple: family always comes first. For all runners. There is no other way it should be.
Family shouldn’t consume 100% of your time all the time. If it does, you will burn out and not be a good family member. However, necessary family time should always be protected. There is still time for running but you may need to be flexible with scheduling your running.
Of course, there are times when family might consume 100% of your time or very close to that. When a big event or emergency situation is happening, family must always come first. Running and, hopefully, everything else in your life takes a back seat. As I type this and I’m sure as you read it, it just sounds like common sense. However, that doesn’t stop many of us from feeling guilty about letting the running slip.
Don’t feel guilty when you put your family first. This is how it should be. Running is just running. It will still be there once the family situation is worked out.