6 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Mother Runners

Dimity McDowell, a co-founder of Another Mother Runner, on a training run with "The Tribe." Photo: Gary Peterson

“Don’t think; just go.” A catchphrase for the Another Mother Runner Tribe, this is how founders Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell feel about getting out the door for a run because sometimes, no matter how much you love to log miles, the first steps can be the toughest. The goal is to get going before your brain has a chance to register discontent or present obstacles or excuses. Here are some more tips from AMR to help you lace up and go.

Remember, you deserve it.

Moms are known for putting themselves at the bottom of their to-do list. You deserve to be first sometimes, especially when it comes to running!

You’re doing everyone a favor.

Understand that everyone around you, from the grocery store clerk to your co-workers and your kids to your spouse, and especially you, will benefit from you going on a run.

Become a morning person.

Getting up before the sun may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but early-morning runs often mean less disruption in daily life because no one else is jockeying for your time. It creates fewer ripples in the family routine. Plus, once it’s over, you feel like a rock star for the rest of the day.

Prepare ahead of time.

Set running clothes next to your bed at night so it’s easy (and mindless) to get dressed in the morning.

Involve your family.

Whether that means having the kids ride bikes next to you while you run or bringing toys for them to play with at the track—and especially sitting down with your partner to figure out a schedule that works for both of you—if you make it a priority, you can find the time to run.

Invest in gear that fits.

The right sports bra—found by getting measured and trying on different styles—as well as the right running shoes, go a long way in making runs all the more enjoyable.

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