I had all of these grand plans of putting in five miles on the treadmill last night after the kids went to bed. Of course, I forgot to take into account that bed time takes quite a bit longer when I'm handling it solo (Michael's traveling). . . I first tried to con Sam (my six year old) into going to bed without a story, so I could hurry things up & get my run on. Not only did he pout, but I felt like a terrible mom (and, that's probably a valid feeling, since rushing their bed time so I can work out is a recipe for mom guilt). I ended up reading two stories ("Cobras" & "Time for kids: Snakes!" - his choices, of course), & after that, I was ready to crash. I made a deal with myself that I would get up at 5 this morning, & squeeze in a run before the boys woke up. And, I did!
If you know me, you'll know that I'm not a morning person. So, just getting out of bed was a huge accomplishment. I only did 2 miles, but need to tweak a few things to make morning workouts happen (most importantly, I need a fan blowing on the treadmill, because I was sweating like an animal after half a mile). I also need to figure out hydration & eating (after the run?) so I can put in real miles. I'm thinking that morning workouts are going to be much more doable for me than the evening runs. 1) evening runs disrupt my extremely limited window of time with Michael when he is around. 2) I'm exhausted in the evenings & come up with a million reasons to bail. 3) My sofa is extremely comfortable. 4) Working out in the mornings makes me feel accomplished.
Figuring out this new workout schedule is super critical, because Michael is inches away from taking a new job with lots of travel. I NEED to make this work, so I can continue to run. My plan is to put in 20-25 miles this week, so I have a lot of ground to cover. Ha ha. ;-)
Here's my plan for the week:
- Wednesday am workouts - 2 miles.
- Wednesday evening workout - 3 miles + arms + foam rolling/stretching.
- Thursday - 5 mile interval
- Friday - 4 mile hills + abs/legs
- Saturday - need to squeeze running in around boys baseball pictures, a birthday party, & a million other activities. 5 miles.
- Sunday - long run. 10 miles.
And, I wore heels today! Mostly so I could wear a pair of jeans that didn't require flats.
Coral top - Forever 21
Cream tank - Loft
Boot cut jeans - Nordstrom BP - Vigoss
Black heels - Style & Co - Macy's
When do you work out? Why did you choose that particular time? What are the challenges & what are your solutions?