#GetPiggyWithTCH: Fitting in Exercise as a Working Mom

​In celebration of the Flying Pig Marathon's 20th Anniversary on May 5 & 6, we've asked some of our physician and employee runners to blog about their experiences, share tips they've learned along the way, and provide inspiration for those who might interested in participating this year for the first time, whether for the 5K, 10K, relay, half marathon or full marathon. 

Are you planning to walk or run one of the events? Be sure to share your preparation and inspiration photos on InstagramTwitter or our Facebook page using the hashtag, #GetPiggyWithTCH, for a chance to be featured on our social media channels! Our third feature is from Jenny Collopy, marketing manager, who writes about fitting in exercise as a working mom. Spoiler alert: it involves waking up earlier. 

Fitting in Exercise as a Working Mom

“Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” 
He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”  
~ Dr. SunWolf

4:45 - the time my alarm goes off four to five days a week. 
5 - the number of times I probably hit the snooze button.
0 - the number of minutes of free time I will have to get a run in IF I press the snooze button a sixth time.

Okay. I’m up!

Let me start by saying, my cup runneth over. I am incredibly blessed: three healthy kids (ages six, four and one), a wonderful full-time job here at The Christ Hospital Health Network, a part-time job teaching at Gateway Community College, a loving husband who dedicates his life to teaching and also coaching high school basketball, just to name a few. My heart is constantly full, and so is my schedule. And it’s because of this full plate I choose to run before the sun goes up, but more importantly, it’s for all of my blessings that I choose to run at all. 

Because the days I run, I feel IT. All of it. I feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically fulfilled and ready to take on the day. I feel more energy to listen, play and be completely emotionally and physically present for my kids (No gym for me after work. Knocked it out while they were still dreaming).

I feel more focused, motivated and driven to be the best in my job and be the best for my co-workers and students. According to one study, one 35-minute aerobic treadmill session can improve creativity and cognitive flexibility significantly, traits that are essential for most jobs. I feel healthy, confident and I feel like I can take on anything. 

I’m in marketing, and the golden rule of any tactic is a strong call-to-action. So here is mine: Don’t find the time; make the time. If you want to be the best version of yourself for everyone around you; take care of you. I promise it’s a life-changing habit with more benefits then a 400-word-count blog post can accommodate. But don’t take my word; set your alarm for tomorrow morning. Give yourself 30 minutes of activity (run, walk, yoga video, etc.), and I promise you will have a great day! 

Just starting out with an exercise regimen? Check out these tips for exercise beginners