I always felt that in order to have patience and strength to run my children’s life I had to fulfill my me-time. I was tired, and as paradox as it sounds sport gives you energy. I understood that to be able to spend quality time with my children, to give them 100 of my attention I had to feel good in my skin. I found that running was the solution to keep my body and mind in shape, and it was the only thing that I could flexibly build around my family life.
I don’t think that giving birth should hinder female vanity and healthy selfishness. I believe you can combine being a woman with motherhood, or vice-versa motherhood with being a woman. However you decide to look at it the bottom line is that it goes hand in hand. I decided I didn’t need to sacrifice myself and my sport to become a better mother. There had to be another way, and whilst I didn’t find a role model directly I decided I was going to integrate the children into my lifestyle. I kept getting the same question over and over, sometimes with judgment, sometimes with honest curiosity: how do you have the energy to do sport when you have a family to run? I always answered without judgment: How do you have energy to run your family without doing sport?