I have an 8k race this weekend.
My longest run in the past 10 months or so is 4 miles I ran this past Saturday. It wasn’t easy. I seriously almost called my husband halfway through to ask him to pick me up. But I did it.
Average pace? 11:40min/mile.
I haven’t run since Saturday. I’m averaging one run per week.
I keep thinking, “Oh I’ll run in the morning before work!” Then my almost 2 year old wakes up at 2am and 3am wanting to watch basketball. No joke.
Once we get him back to sleep, my 3 month old wakes up wanting to eat. And then I’m supposed to be somewhat coherant by the time I get to work at 9am. No, it appears that for the time being, morning runs are out. I need all the sleep I can get.
So maybe now that it’s light later, I can run in the evening! I only get about 2 hours in the evening with the Mini Athlete after I get home from work, so I want to maximize all that time with him. But now that it’s light when he goes to bed at 7pm, maybe I can sneak out for a run!
Oh wait. I have dinner plans tonight with my inlaws. I have a speaking engagement tomorrow night – and Thursday night too.
A while back, a few months after the Mini Athlete was born, I wrote a post “When Do Working Moms Work Out“. I’m trying to remind myself that things got better after I wrote that post, and hopefully things will get easier for me soon too. I wrote another post for Fitness Magazine on the topic, and I’m trying to take my own advice.
Yes, I need to give myself a break. There is no need to be hard on myself. But the fact of the matter is that I WANT to be able to run more often. And truth be told, I could find time. Somewhere. My mom has always said, “You can do anything you wanna do – you just gotta wanna.”
I need you to hold me accountable.
This blog has been such a source of accountability for me over the past few years. I need you to remind me to take time for myself. To set goals for myself – and work to achieve them. To remind me that I’m worth it.
In the meantime, think about me on Saturday morning when I attempt to run my 8k. This ain’t gonna be pretty – but I know I can do it.
Any advice for finding time to run despite a hectic, sleepless schedule?