From the minute the kids roll out of bed in the morning, moms begin the mad dash that continues until bedtime. For Denton mom Carin Schaab, the daily race begins well before sunrise, as she laces up her running shoes to train for her first marathon, then speeds back home to be mom to Taylor, 11, and Cyrus, 5. This self-described jock in a skirt lets us in to her high-energy world so we can share the pleasures and pains of running, and how hitting the road each morning helps her in the most important race – being a mom.
Up before the sun to run? That takes dedication! [Laughs.] Yes, but I didn’t start out running. When I started, I barely walked a half-mile. Then I did a little bit more and a little bit more. I’ve learned that your body will do anything you ask it to do. Really, anybody can do it.
Tell the truth. Do you like to run? I love it. I’m not going to lie – the first mile or two in the morning is rough, but then I get into my groove and I am just running. It’s my “me” time, and it mentally wipes the slate clean every day so I can be my best for my kids.
It sounds like running is your passion. It is, but I’m also pretty passionate about encouraging other moms to pursue health for themselves, so I’ve recently become a personal coach. I love helping people make a difference in their own life.
What inspired you to run? My brother was killed in action in Iraq in 2008. The pain of that event took a huge toll on my health. When I realized I had gained almost 30 pounds, I knew I had to do something, so I started running. Running turned out to be not only what I needed physically but emotionally as well. It was and is my therapy.
Best mom advice? Pick your battles, and then let it go.
Five words your kids would use to describe you. Strict, scheduled, surprising, chef, runner.
How do you keep it all in balance? Two things – make family time a priority, and Google Calendar.
Describe your perfect weekend. That’s easy. I love to be anywhere out of state for a big race. I’d take an entire day at the spa before the race and then run a really hard race to find my family waiting for me at the finish line.
Words to live by? “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu