Darcy Piceu’s plate is often overflowing. Today is no different. It’s 7:15 a.m. and Darcy is running around the house, cooking breakfast and preparing lunch for her daughter Sophia. The bus will be picking Sophia up for school in less than an hour.
“Being a mom is the only job I care about doing really well,” says Darcy, as she spreads hummus on a veggie sandwich and places it in a lunch bag. “It’s the most important job you can have. If I die and I’ve done OK by my daughter, then I’ve done a good thing,” she laughs.
After Darcy gets Sophia ready for school, she will spend her morning working with clients. As a certified therapist, she helps people during times of transition, whether it’s a professional athlete at the tail end of a career or a college student striving to gain life skills to become a fully functioning adult.
Early afternoon is stacked with meetings. Then there’s picking up Sophia from school, taking her to swim practice, making sure she does her homework, bringing her over to her father’s house, and giving a presentation at a local running store—that gets her to 7 p.m.
Oh, and somewhere in there, she’ll try to squeeze in a short run or a trip to the gym.
As a professional ultra-runner with a day job and a single mom to a 9-year-old, it’s challenging for Darcy to make time for herself. A moment to breathe. A second to reflect.
“I rely heavily on Google Calendar,” shares Darcy. “I would fall apart if I didn’t have that calendar. All of my to-do lists, everything is in there. There’s always something back to back.”
Darcy frequently finds herself living her life through hour by hour reminder alerts. Training happens whenever she can fit it in—inconsistent at best. It’s at night when Sophia is with her dad or early in the morning the following day. Sometimes it’s the time between when Sophia leaves for school and she heads to work.
If one thing is consistent, it’s the struggle to balance it all. For many of us, there’s a desire to want to do everything 100% and it’s impossible to do that. Darcy reminds us to be kind to ourselves.