Sometimes being mom gets in the way of exercise. Sometimes a lot.
Time has definitely been the hardest obstacle during my marathon training. During long run days I am away for hours at a time. Sometimes I feel guilty, yet I know that this is the best thing for me right now. As hard as it is for a mom to take care of herself first before her family...it is sometimes the best thing we can do.
I have found that running is not only good for my health, my mind is completely different lately. I feel clear after my run's, it seems to melt (or sweat) away all those toxins floating around my brain and makes me feel new. I am less grumpy and ironically less tired. I feel positive, and that is a good thing when being mom.
So how do I fit all these long runs in?
I have a running schedule.
I run four times a week. Two short runs, one medium run, and one long run. I also have a mom's circuit training class twice a week which has helped me immensely.
Saturday is my long run day. I run early morning, kiddos still in bed or pajamas, and hubby at home to tackle breakfast and love giving. The earlier I leave, the earlier I get home, and the less family time I miss. When I first started training, long runs where 5 mile runs, I gradually increased by 1 mile every 2 weeks. Intervals are extremely helpful. I do 5 minutes of running then 1 minute walking. This is so doable, and not so stressful on your body. I somehow made it from 5 to 21.83....and soon a 26 mile run.
It's easier than it sounds.
My long run day is followed by a short run day. Short runs are 2-5 fast mile runs. I use these to work on my speed, which is my biggest problem. Most of my short runs are with a jogging stroller and Audrey in tow.
Mid week I run a medium run, usually a 5-10 mile run. This run I use to focus on keeping at pace (usually jogging stroller along as well). Audrey loves these runs for napping. And I love having the stroller to fill up with small snacks for each of us and lot's of water. If Audrey is awake we take a little break at the park to play before returning home.
Towards the end of the week and heading into my long run day I run one more short run. This run is always my most efficient.
The motivation to go out for a run or even get into work out clothes is something I still struggle with. Having a marathon to run for is a big motivator and I recommend always having a race you are running for if you are a procrastinator like I am ( :
Hearing audiobooks has to be one of my favorite things to look forward to as well. Over the last two months I have listened to four audiobooks ( the Stieg Larsson Trilogy is amazing) and feel great to not only be able to run but catch up on good books as well.
More running to come soon....