Nobody had heard of the Baby Jogger when Diane McCary had her children; in fact, not too many women were even running. But when Diane was 30, she decided to give in to the urgings of her husband, a distance runner and triathlete, and try jogging. So she packed the playpen and the kids into the car and drove down to the local track in Greeley, Colorado. “i put the playpen in the middle of the track with the kids in it and ran around the track, with them crying the whole time. I’m going around and they’re following me around in their playpen, watching me, screaming their lungs out. And I said, That’s it. There’s no way I can do this.”‘
Raising a family and keeping your commitment to sports and fitness doesn’t have to be the difficult ordeal it might seem. In fact, as Diane McCary later found out, it’s easy to be a great mom and a great athlete at the same time. All it takes are the right priorities and a little creativity.
Far from taking mothers away from their children, sports have brought the three families profiled here closer together. The children are involved in their parents’ training and have grown to love sports and fitness for themselves. Parents and children share the same activities. They also share a sense of purpose, as well as the exhilaration, challenge, accomplishment and power that comes from mastering sports. (more…)