Surviving a running-crazy husband

2017-03-28 06:03

HAVE you ever wondered how to deal with a running-crazy husband, well Hillcrest mom, Kelly Kidgell seems to know how and recently launched her debut book, Surviving the Runner.

For this 33-year-old, life is far from easy. She is a mom to three young boys, and juggles family, career and volunteer work daily, and with ease.

She said the idea of writing this book came to her a year ago.

“We were on holiday for my husband’s debut attempt at the Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon and I realised how much our lives were consumed by his extreme passion for running.

“I jotted down a few of these crazy truths down and shared it on Facebook. Within days I had hundreds of shares, within months I had written two articles for Runner’s World magazine and various other websites, and by December 2016 my book went to print,” she said.

Kidgell said Surviving the Runner is the brutally honest truth about being married to a crazy “ultra-runner”, all the while coping with motherhood and raising three young boys.

“I pretty much put into words what everyone thinks, but would never actually publicly express. The more serious side to my book is my desire to help people understand how ordinary something so beautiful can be and how, through the eyes of those we love and support, we are extraordinary beings.

“Self-love and body appreciation also feature, and ‘Runner Guy’ has written about his incredible journey of shaving four hours off his Comrades time,” said Kidgell.

Kidgell said people should read her book for a good laugh.

“It’s cringe-worthy for sure, but reviews have been fantastic so far and aspects of it will, I like to think, leave readers inspired,” she said.

Speaking about life when her “running fanatic” is training for his races, Kidgell said: “At times I get ‘the rage’ when he isn’t home much during peak training. But I made a conscious decision to support his dreams. Seeing the man I love achieve so much - smash his personal best and cross finish lines - brings a sense of pride that makes all the difficult times and long days with the kids absolutely worth it.” She said that she is also lucky to have her parents who are hugely supportive.

“A lot of the time, instead of sitting at home with the kids we’ll join him at various events, finishes. How inspiring for my kids to see their daddy prove that success depends on passion, determination and hard work,” she added.

Her message to other aspiring authors is to “step out of that comfort zone”. “You have nothing to lose and if the world doesn’t want to hear what you have to say, that’s actually okay. At least you’ve said it. Believe, and give yourself enough credit to at least say you did it. You’ve got this.”

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