It is only the the four week base building stage so the mileage isn't too high. It was more of a 'get settled in to your routine' period...
Tuesday 5 miles
Wednesday 3 miles
Thursday 5 miles
Friday 7 smiles
Saturday Open Water swim
Sunday 4 mile track workout
July 9-15 (not finished obviously but this is what I'll be doing)
Sunday 3 miles
The ways that help me get it DONE!
#1 I try to run in the AM (which is a joke right now because I'm tired and I haven't been waking up...hence the word try). I have been running more when Scott comes home which works out okay because it is a little cooler....
|He's my bigger guy on the left ;)|
NYSC childcare...actually ours has a million and one toys. I didn't love that at first because I worried about germs...but the kids love it and they haven't walked away with any major ailments.
#3 Its the great invention called JOGGING STROLLER. Now it ain't easy pushing a 42lb year old and a 28lb pound ( I think he is 28lbs) 3 year old...but its doable and if you have no other option you do it. I've been finding that I actually enjoy this option a lot and so do the kids. It is really nice in the evening because it calms the kids down after a long day and it sometimes even puts them to sleep!!! I mean if thats not a bonus I don't know what is. I will often choose this option if its a 3-5 miler. Anything beyond that I lose them and I'm hurting from pushing that and trying to keep a somewhat decent pace. I also usually recruit Scott as a partner on these runs and we do 1/2 mile on 1/2 mile off with trading the stroller. It's definitely a harder and more intense workout.
#4 Babysitter. I don't know about your children but my kids really like having a babysitter. They think it is so much fun... I really don't do this option much because I can't be paying someone to run. I use this option when I see I will need a babysitter anyway and then hook on one more hour and there's a 6 mile run. For example, Scott and I had both had appointments last night. I needed a sitter for an hour while we were at our appnts. I added another hour on and him and I met at the trails to do a 4 and what we think may have been 5 (forgot my garmin) mile run.
Long story short. It is possible to make it work. I do prefer doing the deed before the kids even wake in the morning. I feel its the best option...but sometimes that just isn't happening and you have to have other ways to getting done what makes you feel good.
This weekend we will be going to the Poconos. I look forward to the little get-away and running somewhere different. Ileft only a 3 mile run becaue I get a little spooked with all the stories out there about running alone...and not knowing the area well makes me a little iffy.
I'm also going to get to use the Just Shake and Go! Vega Smoothie mix that VEGA sent me to review. I like that I don't need to have my bullet smoothie mixer on me...I'll see how it tasts and let you know!
How do you all get your runs in while also managing a house and kids (or doggies, or kitties)?