Balancing Act: Family and Training

Posted by | October 05, 2013 | Balanced Runner, Why I Run | 5 Comments

A typical day is full of excitement, stress, hugs from kids, running here and there, getting meals made, laundry done, children driven places or picked up and then also a training workout somewhere in the mix. Why do I do this? Is it all worth it? Am I achieving some sort of healthy balance between family and training?

Take this past Tuesday as an example:
5:10 – woke up, drank some greens plus, pulled on my bathing suit and grabbed my prepacked gym bag and drove to the pool.
5:30 – In the pool for masters swimming. Great workout with super-sets of 100m, 75m, 50m and 25m, until 7am.
7:10 – Home to get my three kids up for school, get breakfast, lunches made and off to school.
8:30 – Work an 8 hour day in the Autism Intervention program as an instructor therapist.
4:45 – Meetings
5:30 – Home for dinner
7:00 – Drive my son to his swim practice at Ridley Pool with his swim group. Great to see him working hard and learning new skills (working on fly stroke – new to him)
8:30 – Homework with kids, some housework –
9:30 – I am very tired!

I love being challenged; I dislike being bored. I am a perfectionist and can get stressed and anxious at times – exercise is the perfect stress release. I train at 5:30am many week days, and on the weekends I “sleep in” and start training by 7am. When I get home, even on the weekends, the family is just starting to rise. They wait for me to make them waffles or pancakes!

1098327_10151622430058661_1438793351_nI see the positive effects of my healthy pursuits, motivating my own children.  Last year, my 12 year old son Caleb tagged along with me several mornings to my 5:30am masters swim group.  This resulted in us finding a swim team for him this year with his peers.  Tonight, I tagged along with Caleb to a spin class for his swim team.  This is a wonderful new stage, where my children and I are starting to participate in sports together.   Had I not been training and Caleb observing, Caleb would never be doing what he is doing now.

I would rather my house be a bit chaotic or a little messy at times and still do the things I love and support my children in the things they love. Three nights a week my daughter dances, my youngest son goes to Cubs. We had “Meet the Teacher” night at the school one evening. There really is never a dull moment.

Most days it works. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Janine Moffett

About Janine Moffett

I am a mother of three incredible children, work full time as an instructor therapist, and love to run. I have run 11 marathons, with a personal best of 2:57. This past April I ran my third Boston Marathon. I love challenges and began exploring the world of triathlons in 2014. I completed my first half Ironman at Muskoka in fall 2014 and came first in my age group. Now I am taking on the challenge of a Full Ironman, which I am planning for September, 2015. I believe we need to keep trying new things and embrace life to the fullest. I hope I can provide inspiration and insights to others.


  • Lorena says:

    You are always such an inspiration to me. I admire your energy and your drive. Congratulations on your post!! Keep on sharing. Many blessing,Lorena

  • Hollie says:

    Janine, I love that you have made this blog. I’m sure it helps you release some stress and it is nice to keep up with how you and are family are doing (it’s so hard to get together with life being busy these days). As Lorena said, you truly are an inspiration. I am exhausted with just one child lol lol. Keep up the great work. Miss ya!

    • Janine Moffett Janine Moffett says:

      It’s great to stay in touch. I love seeing the photos of your dear baby girl. Thanks for reading my articles!

  • Shelley says:

    Way to go, Janine. You are an inspiration to many. Might I add..seeing your boy along.those rolling hills of PEI make me just a little homesick to savour those shared PEI days this summer. West Cape, PEI…ah, bliss! Keep up the great “balance”!

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