7 days of exercise this week, really?! I’m still in awe that I did it and I wasn’t totally shattered by the end of week and it didn’t disrupt our family life. At the start of the week, I wasn’t sure I was going to get any runs/exercise in with a school meeting Tuesday night and the hubby traveling for work, but somehow everything worked out! Funny how that happens…
Here’s some of this week’s highlights:
Monday and Wednesday: Some running with some of my runner girl friends (Christie, Amy and Amanda), a solo run and Body Pump (Monday).
Tuesday: Body Pump with 2 of my friends, Katie and Bekah. Total bonus day of exercise! I left school, hit the 4:30 class at the Y near my school, stayed through 5:15, freshened up, and headed back to school for parent night at 6pm. True testimony that anyone can make time for exercise…where there is a will (or craziness) there is a way.
Thursday: Another girls running club day! We had 45 girls show up for some yoga. Andrea led us through breathing exercises and several poses. The girls (and Bekah and I) had their share of giggles, but settled down after a bit. They really did a great job! I also realized how much I missed yoga! I need to find a way to mix in classes again. I grabbed H from school and we headed out for dinner. No cooking while Daddy’s gone!
Friday: March 1st started the March “RUN EVERY DAY” challenge hosted by I ❤ to run. I was so torn because I didn’t really have time to run at least one mile before a group of us were heading out to celebrate Katie’s birthday, but I really wanted to see if I could even keep up with a streak for a month. I finally gave it amends and thought, worse comes to worse, I could just start my own streak on Saturday. After a few brews and some yummy pizza at Brixx, the hubby and I headed home for the night.
On the drive home, I couldn’t get the challenge out my head. It was 9:30pm, I had a few beers and a full tummy, but I kept thinking I only have to run a mile, I only have to run ONE mile. I could run a mile, just one, right? I changed into my running clothes, threw on my reflective vest and called on the 12athon God and reminisced about our Drunk Pregnant Bunny run from last year’s challenge and headed out to run. Though that day was way crazier than my mile run, who knew that all that 12athon silliness would be a prelude?! Nick looked at me like I had literally lost my mind…perhaps I had. I intended to stay just within our cul-de-sac, but actually felt good and headed out along my normal running route. I giggled a lot about the ridiculousness of all this, I talked and sang to myself (not a big fan of running at night by myself), and knew that this would make a great story at some point. Nick was waiting for me out on our driveway, just shaking his head when I showed back up. March running streak…it’s on!
Saturday: A group of girls had made plans to run a local trail, Owl’s Roost mid-afternoon. I wasn’t sure if I’d meet up with them or not, but H wanted to stay out another night at her grandparents and Nick was still tired from his trip, so it was the perfect time to get a run in without missing out on family time with them. 4 of us (Katie, Andrea, Sarah and I) met out at the park and headed out for the 5 mile trail. It was also the perfect distance for this month’s Mommy Run Fast 5 by the 5th challenge. We all stuck together and had a great run!
Once we headed back to the parking lot, Amy was just finishing up with her run and we headed for a quick brew. After many appetizers and two desserts (!!), I headed home for movie night with the hubby.
Sunday: Long run day! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel this morning, but I slept great and apparently all my carb loading Friday and Saturday worked perfectly. Kathy and I hung together for our 9.75 miler along the Greenway. We both had a great day running and I enjoyed our time together this morning. H and I had plans to see Annie this afternoon at a local theater, so I instead of doing the normal bagel trip, I opted for some homemade Mexican eggs instead and got home shortly after she did from the in-laws.
I learned a lot about balance this week, how to continue to juggle all the things that I have going on daily (work and family). I learned that I can always do more within any given hours of the day. I also reconfirmed that exercising and running doesn’t have to affect my family life. I can make it all work with the help and support of Nick and H.
We need to debunk “work[out]-life balance.” It’s not about continuing an impossible balancing act. What we need is a stronger support system.
~ Amy Tiemann, “Mojo Mom”