Must Start Running Again

Back in the day before kids and daycare payments, I used to run. A lot. I grew up going to my dad’s marathons and after visiting the Boston Marathon one year while I was in college, I decided to take running a bit more seriously. I ran around the cow pastures at Virginia Tech and spent hours on the treadmill in the winter, all whilst smelling the delicious Chinese food from next door. YUM.

Before I knew it, I was running marathons too. Huzzah! And while I was a moderately slow runner (I think my fastest time is 4:36), I was having fun and staying in shape.

Enter children. After my first, I was determined to run a marathon before my second kid arrived. So I signed up for a race and trained. The race was fantastic and I finished with a huge smile on my face.

NOT!

The race was a disaster. DISASTER. Training didn’t go well because, ya know, I don’t have as much free time on my hands anymore. And my first son started to dislike strollers pretty early on. Dreams of being that fit mom running with a fancy stroller faded fast. So training was terrible but I still got through those 26.2 miles. It was hard. I walked a lot and melted into a heaving, crying mess when I crossed the finish line. ugh. At least I finished, right?

I haven’t run much since that race; it beat me down. But now that I’m almost 4 months postpartum with my second son, I have the itch to run again. I’m going in with a different mindset, though. I know I can’t dedicate hours to running anymore, so a marathon is out of the question. My schedule changes a lot, too, so I have to be understanding when I miss a run.

I’ve decided to follow the AnotherMotherRunner.com 5k Finish It plan. This plan is made for moms so it’s flexible. Love it! Hope I can stick to it for the whole 10 weeks.

The plan is to start on Monday, so I have a few days to mentally prepare myself to wake up early, before the kids, to get my run in. That’s around 4:30 am. ouch. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Let’s hope for good news!

xxoo

Jennifer.

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It’s Been Downhill Since Monday

If only it was that easy!

On Monday, I was on top of it all. I made lunches Sunday night, I worked out at 5 am, and I was showered by the time I had to wake up the preschooler/teenager for school. I was Wonder Mom!

On Tuesday, I slept in. Still managed to shower! But I applied so much dry shampoo that my hair was white and turned oily in the afternoon. It wasn’t pretty, guys.

Today, I slept in again. Showered, again, before 6:30 and I blow dried my hair this time! I didn’t get my workout in, though. I wanted to do barre, but it looks like I’ll be walking at lunch instead. Which isn’t so bad, I just wanted more.

I’ve definitely had to learn how to be flexible after becoming a mom. I’m a planner and I get very uncomfortable when things don’t go as planned and when schedules get off course. As a mom, I have to realize that I’m just more tired and busy than I used to be, and that’s okay. Life is crazy and not like it was in my early twenties.

This week is just one of those where I have to go with the flow and figure things out on the fly. A walk instead of a barre workout isn’t the end of the world. I mean, I get to spend extra time with my dog! There’s always tomorrow for more. 🙂

How do you deal with life’s schedule changes, either big or small?

xxoo

Jennifer.