The struggle is real, you guys. As a full-time working mom of a one-year-old, it is just so hard to find the energy and time to squeeze running into my life. If running were not something I enjoyed doing, I probably would have just completely dropped it already, but it is something I really enjoy, so I make every effort to find time in my week to lace up my running shoes.
The last time I wrote about fitness (or lack thereof) on the blog was in this post at the end of June. I wrote that I was frustrated by my lack of fitness. Since then, my schedule has slowed down a bit and R stopped using bottles and is drinking whole milk out of cups, which seriously has been a game changer. You don't realize what a giant time suck breastfeeding and mixing bottles of formula and washing bottles is until you don't have to do any of it anymore. Wow. (I am currently still breastfeeding twice--at night and in the morning--but it hardly takes any time these days.)
I have been logging all of my runs into the Daily Mile app, and here's the breakdown of the miles I've run every month in 2016:
These numbers probably sound great to someone who doesn't run at all, but they are laughable to anyone else. A lot of people run 30 miles a week and I'm excited because I ran that many in an entire month.
Almost a year ago now, last November, I wrote this post on 4 tips for fitting a workout into a busy schedule. I still think that's a great post with some useful advice, and this year I have personally been taking tip #2 to heart: remember that a short workout is better than no workout at all.
Before getting pregnant, I had gotten to a place in my running where it almost wasn't worth it to me to get all sweaty just to run 3 miles. That basically didn't feel like a workout at all. Now, I'm pushing R in the jogging stroller on 90% of my runs, and all I have time and energy for (but mostly time) are 2-3 miles. It's taken me a while to get the idea out of my head that a 2-mile run is a waste of time. In reality, it's better than nothing, and I know that I did the best I could to get out there in the first place at all!
Currently I take R out for a run with me on Saturday mornings, and I try to get at least 3.5-4 miles in. A couple of times I've done 6, which I was proud of. During the week, I try to run at least once, twice if I'm feeling extra motivated, and those runs are usually 2-3 miles because that's seriously all the time I have. Once we get back, I immediately hop in the shower and then we start the dinner, cleanup, bedtime routine. I have woken up early to run in the morning, but lately I've just been too tired, and setting my alarm for 4:45 sounds terrible so I haven't done that in a month or so.
The OKC Memorial Marathon registration recently opened, and I plan on signing up for the half marathon again (#11!). I would like to do another full marathon at some point in my life, but I'm not ready for that kind of commitment right now.
So that's where I'm at currently with running. Some days I'm proud of where I'm at, even though it's not even close to what I was doing three years ago. And some days I'm so tired and just feel like a blob. That's the truth. But I am happy I've stuck with running to some degree, and I hope that I can continue to run and inspire a love of running in R. I can't wait to sign her up for a kid's race!
Finally, I can't write a post about my running journey over the past year and not give a huge shoutout to Jordan, who has been so very supportive of this hobby of mine, helping me out whenever I ask and truly being a partner and helper to allow me to get out there and do something that makes me happy.
How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule? Do you find it hard to find the time and energy to workout even though you want to?