I wrote this post on Tuesday, but was pleasantly surprised to learn that it's this week's "Take It And Run Thursday" topic over at The Runner's Lounge. Since posting it, I was able to accomplish my main goal for Tuesday: get to the gym, get in a great workout, and get home and put a healthy dinner in my body. Done and done! Although I still struggle with working up the motivation to exercise AFTER work, I'm thrilled that I made myself do it.
This week, I've been doing an entirely different kind of running -- the kind that involves racing from meeting to meeting, flitting from obligation to obligation, and barely having time to sit still. This morning, I'm at home, because I'm waiting for Sleep Number (yay!) to come deliver my new bed. It's a throwback to just two weeks ago, when EVERY morning was like this. I've got laundry spinning away, the house is (somewhat) clean. Dinner is prepped, gym bag is packed, and it's beautiful morning... and in about an hour, when, hopefully the deliverymen have come and gone, I'll put on my heels, button my jacket, get in my car, and head into the office.
I've barely had time to SIT in the past week, let alone run. In fact, I haven't "officially" worked out since Tuesday, although last night's planned workout morphed into my moving around all my furniture and doing a pretty intense cleaning session in preparation for the new bed!
I went out late on Friday night, and wasn't feeling up for my Saturday run. I post-poned until Sunday, but then the day was filled with rain. It was frustrating, because I really wanted to get it done... wanted to "outsmart my job" a little bit and prove to myself that I am capable of maintaining my old athletic schedule while still working 8-5. So, week 1... that didn't really happen. I did manage to make it to Cardi02 on Tuesday, but had to skip on Thursday due to an after-work meeting with my ad agency.
The other part of the equation is food -- and my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks were spot on. But dinners completely fell apart last week.
This week, I'm determined to do better, and so far I have. I managed to put a healthy dinner on my table last night, despite also putting in a full work day. I have tonight's lunch and dinner prepped and ready to go, and my gym bag is in the car. I'll leave work around 5:15 and head to Cardi02 today, where Scary Trainer Liz will kick my ass into shape. Rinse, repeat on Thursday, and on Friday morning, when I meet her for a 7 AM 1:1 training session. Oy.
How do you balance it all?
I'm doing great at a few things -- kicking ass at work, keeping up with laundry and housework, both food and exercise are mediocre, and the one thing I'm sucking at is probably being a girlfriend -- a big sorry to My Man, who has been dealt mood swings and crankiness and major OCD over the past week in a way he probably never expected. ;-)
I'm now a solid week behind on training for the half marathon, close to two weeks if you count the weekday runs that I've missed. Is this still doable? I guess I'll find out on Saturday, when I attempt 8 or 9 miles.
How do YOU balance it all, and still find time to enjoy life? Tips? Advice? Experiences to share?
Off and running,