This is the next installment of Dads Who Run here on cubicle dad runs.
Working parents have a lot on their plate. And as a working dad, I think we sometimes get taken for granted. It's tough to balance work, family and life in general. Now add in endurance sports? You're upping the ante a bit. I thought it would be nice to highlight some Dads who run! If you're a dad who runs, and want to share your story, send me an email and we'll talk!
With that said, take it away Scott!
My name is Scott Tremaine. I am a computer programmer living in the Metro Detroit area. I am 40 years old with two little boys, Griffin (3 yr) and Brennen (1 yr), whom I love very much and love spending time with.
2. How long have you been a runner?
I ran track when I was in high school. I was never really that good at it but I always enjoyed the run. After graduating I discovered more interesting ways to spend my time (bars, college girls). Eventually I grew out of that phase and found the running shoes calling to me again. In 2001 I did my first marathon and in 2003 my first triathlon. Then I met my wonderful wife and found myself running less and less as our relationship bloomed and we got married. Soon after that we got a house and started our family. In 2009 I noticed that the number on the scale kept going place it’s never gone before. Being too cheap to pay for a gym membership or any fancy equipment I bought a cheap pair of running shoes and began my current adventure.
3. What are your running goals?
2011 has been a good year for goal reaching for me. I ran my second marathon in May, the Tough Mudder in July, then my first ultra (50k) in September. My next goal is a sunrise to sunset run in November than a sunset to sunrise run in March/April of 2012. I am also going to tackle a 100k in September 2012.
4. When do you run? Do you schedule time or just go?
5. Is it easy for you to balance everything? (i.e. work, family, running)
6. Or do you make running/ training a priority?
I’m going to answer 4,5, and 6 together.
My boys are young enough to need constant supervision but old enough to get into some precarious situations. My wife, Lisa, is a great mother but it’s hard for any one person to handle both boys. Therefore I try to spend as much time at home while they are awake. Besides, I love spending time with them.
I typically work from 7-4 then head home and whip up some dinner for the family. After dinner it’s usually family time then it’s off to bed. As you can see this doesn’t leave a whole lot of day left for running. Therefore I do what any dedicated runner would do. I set my alarm for 3:30 am so that I can get in a run before my day starts. Sure it’s hard sometimes to get my butt out of bed to go out into the cooling temperatures, but when I’m out there running before most of the world wakes up I feel good.
However, with my lofty running goals, I also have to put in some long runs on the weekend. I try to start as early as possible to make sure I’m not gone all day, and try to get a portion of my run in while the boys are sleeping, but many times I’m not home until after lunch. I am very lucky to have a supportive wife and extended family that are willing to help watch the boys when it’s needed.
I have recently got my wife and mother in law into walking 5k’s so on some of my race days we can make it a family affair. One day I hope to run with my sons but until then I don’t mind pushing them in our “super fast” stroller, just so they can be part of my running.
7. Do you share your story? (i.e. blogging, twitter, facebook)