I have so much chaos in my life it’s become normal. You get used to it, you love it and you roll with it. I think its important to take moments to “pause”, calm down, take a deep breath and then try make things work. . Where there is a will there is always a way.
“The worst thing you could do is tame the chaos in you. Its like being told not to feel when you thrown in a fire.”
These are my days…this is my chaos and THIS is what I LOVE. I decided to document a day last week from start to finish because I don’t think people realise just how busy a life of an athlete, mom and wife can be. Everyone has their own challenges, this is mine. I honestly believe its how you work it out that counts, so here goes:
Hashtag MAKE IT COUNT
4am the alarm goes off, I literally jump out of bed so I don’t press snooze or doze back off and miss my run. If its missed its missed, no time in my day to catch it up later. This is a good thing, it forces me to be super disciplined and to get up and get on the road. My TomTom says “GO”.
4.30am – 6.30am I hit the grass for a speed session. What a way to start my day, a beautiful sunrise, a beautiful place to train and a hard core session.
6.30am SCREAM home to wake up the kids and get the morning madness rolling- breakfast in hungry tummies, get them dressed, brush hair, supervise the brushing of little teeth, do the last bit of their lunch prep from the night before, resolve melt downs, make sure they have their sports things and school books packed and lastly jump into the shower whilst drinking my 32Gi recover shake.
7.10 am Just because kids are kids..Mom gets to watch an early morning dance off, whilst watching the clock.
7.15am Depart for the school run with three excited little people ready for a full, fun day at school. This round trip takes me 45 minutes.
8am Grab a quick take away Vida e on route to Physio. I simply cant live without one and after that speed session I think I deserve it haha. Luckily for my physio he gets one too.
8am- 8.45am Physio with the coolest dude in town, Mr stick me together, Wayne Holroyd. This guy makes this journey possible.
8.45am straight into Bio with Den Jackson at Umhlanga medical centre where he shows no mercy…he certainly makes it count.
10am Roll out the door of Umhlanga Medial Centre tired but stoked with 2 sessions and physio done for today and its only 10am.
10.30am I hit the grocery store for dinner ingredients and whatever else is needed at home. THIS is my absolute worst. Brett’s best but unfortunately for me, he is working overseas so I have no choice but to fit it in too.
11.30am Arrive back home with enough time to shower and possibly put on some normal, non running/training clothes.
12pm Dash to Christopher Robin to fetch this little monkey from pre-school.
Oh how LOVE arriving at her classroom to be greeted by a massive hug and a smooch.
A daughter is by far one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give ….and I have three.
12.30pm- 1.30pm Get my little Tao home, feed her, reply to some emails, do a little social media, grab something to eat before setting off again at 1.45pm to fetch the next two from Fatima.
2pm The girls jump in the car and its straight to a school gala until 4.15pm.
4.15pm After the gala we dash straight across town to Clifton School for the girls squad swimming training which gives me just over an hour to train again while they swim.
5.30pm we all back in the car and on our way back home, tired kids, tired mom and its time to hit ZOO hour. Yip Zoo hour, I always laugh and call it Zoo hour because its quiet literally THAT: bath, homework, dinner, story time, prayers and 7.30pm BED TIME. “Racing the clock”
7.30pm-8pm For some reason this is the time when one always needs the loo again, another needs some water and somehow the doodoo blanket has gone missing. Yip its a fight to get them all settled and actually asleep whilst preparing school lunches for the next day, feeding the three very hungry dogs and trying to actually have a shower myself. I tend to get a little grumpy here to be honest hehe, when Brett’s home its a little easier.
8.30pm… Get into bed, 8.35pm PASS OUT – lights out. TICK its been a good day.
“Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction”
AND THATS HOW I ROLL… day over
” THESE MOMENTS ARE THE MOMENTS THAT WE WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES
MAKE THEM VIVID MAKE THEM MATTER MAKE THEM COUNT “