Getting Out the Door

Thanks for all your advice on my post yesterday about when working moms workout. If you haven’t read the comments yet, I highly recommend it. Great stuff!

One of the best pieces of advice I received is not to stress out figuring out a workout schedule just yet. If a workout happens, it happens. If not, it’s okay. Eventually we will establish a routine. It probably won’t be this week…but that’s okay! I often want to figure things out NOW. As I’ve stated before, I’m not the most patient person in the world. But sometimes I need to just wait and let something work itself out.

So after lamenting that I didn’t have enough time to workout, I was presented with some time yesterday. And working out was the last thing I wanted to do! Daddy had taken Patrick over to a friend’s house to hang out in their “man cave” so I had about an hour of “me time”. It was only about 6pm so it was HOT outside. I knew I should run, but I really wasn’t so sure about running in the heat! Here’s my “I’m not so sure about this…” face.

I decided to run my old route through the neighborhood. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how shady the streets were at that time in the evening. I don’t remember it being so shady during  my morning runs!

Oh wait, what’s that I see?

Yep! An ice cream truck, coming to tempt me halfway through my run. While I totally could have gone for a Creamsicle, I resisted the urge to flag the truck down.

Last night I was scheduled to start Week 5 of the Couch to 5k program. The jump from Week 3 to Week 4 was kinda intense so I was a little worried about what Week 5 would bring. I was supposed to run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes and then run 5 more minutes.

And you know what? I totally rocked it!!! I took this photo as soon as I finished…think I was a little happy about my run? Haha.

There. That’s a little better. 

I have no idea how fast I was running (not fast at all I’m sure) but I felt good and strong. Maybe it was because I wasn’t pushing the jogging stroller this time? I’m not really sure, but whatever it was, I hope I find it again on my next run!

I came home and made myself a Green Monster. It was a simple one – just a handful of spinach, a frozen banana, a splash of milk and a few ice cubes. Yummm.

And I’m happy to report that running at 6pm didn’t seem to mess with my sleep schedule at all. I went to bed at 9:30pm and slept like a rock! Well, besides Patrick’s 2:30am feeding. :)

How do you motivate yourself to workout even when you’re just not feeling it?

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  1. Part of my motivating factor for working out, is I usually know I will regret it later if I don’t just get it done. If I really don’t want to workout I think “will I regret this later? Or is what I’m going to do instead really productive and worth skipping me workout?” If I know I will regret it, I suck it up and at least do a 20 min workout, so I don’t feel like I completely blew it. But there are those times when cleaning or something else, really will feel more productive for me than working out, or I REALLY don’t feel like it, like so exhuasted or not feeling well. But usually I just suck it up and workout. But I am NOT a working mommy, and I know that really changes the game quite a bit.

    Also, I am totally one of those figure it out now kind of people as well, I was really stressed out the first few months after my babe was born, just because we didn’t really have a schedule, but eventually we did fall into a routine.

  2. Great job on your run, but the ice cream truck spotting is just cruel! When I’m feeling unmotivated, I tell myself to just give it five minutes, and if it sticks, I can go home and do something light and easy like sit-ups or yoga just to say I did something. Usually once I get going, I’m fine!

  3. I feel you on the late evening workouts – they give me insomnia! I don’t have a baby to distract me, but I don’t get home from work until around 645 most nights thanks to a 45 min commute. If I don’t force myself out the door right away for a run in the heat, and run after the sun goes down instead, I toss and turn all night. I’m trying to transition to AM workouts again to help with this & save my evening workouts for indoor things like swimming & yoga.

  4. Awesome job! Glad you got in a good run and had some you time:)

  5. Katrina

    Good job on the evening run!! I know when I have a window of “me time” the last thing i want to do is work out but i feel awesome once i’m done! What keeps me motivated now is staying healthy so I have enough energy to keep up to my daughter and also to set a good example, sounds cheese but I don’t want her to miss out on anything because I was couch potato.

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