Finding time to exercise is extremely difficult when you are a parent. Over the years, I have found that it is among the most challenging things to do.
When everyday consists of getting kids ready for school, breakfast made, lunches packed, homework done, it is near impossible. Then you throw in extra activities including, but not limited to, soccer practices, games, gymnastics meets and practices, school plays … the list goes on and on.
Then there’s the everyday household duties of cleaning, laundry, work … you know … life.
By the time 2:30 rolls around, I often feel like I’ve run a marathon, yet, I still need to find time to train for the actual marathon that I will be running in a couple of months.
Last week proved to be a particularly difficult week, with four of my oldest kids beginning their indoor season of soccer, my husband being the coach of two of those teams, and my oldest daughter making the advanced gymnastics team, making for more time doing wonderful things, but less time for mom to train.
That is when I needed to get creative.
So, this past week, I did two things I’ve never done before: I did a night run, and ran to the store.
The night run
Under normal circumstances, I avoid running at night. I don’t like not being able to see, and all things about running alone in the dark, screams, “Don’t do that!”
However, I received a text message from a friend of mine, who was going to be joining a group of friends on a long run up Tibble Fork Canyon in Provo, UT that night. Knowing full-well, that I would have a total of zero minutes to get a run in during the day, I jumped at the chance.
I got the kids all fed and ready for bed, and left them in the trusting hands of my wonderful husband, and headed out the door.
As I ran up the canyon, with my headlamp and the full moon illuminating the trail ahead of me, I was surprisingly calm.
As opposed to most of my other runs, when I am strapped for time to hurry back, I knew that all my kids were asleep, and nobody needed me for those few hours I was gone. And when I returned home, the house was quiet as it’s ever been. Nobody needed me to snap to their aid; nobody needed me to feed them, or help them with this or that. It was a strange and quite calming feeling.
I was able to spend a few minutes winding down, and cleaning up before I headed to bed, and what a restful night it was.
I hope to do another one of those soon.
Running to the store.
It was Saturday, and one filled with one word: busy. The kids had soccer games, my husband and I had a date that night, and I had a 20 mile run on the training schedule. Oh, and I needed to go to the store.
In order to save time, I decided that I would run to the store.
Only in the world of a busy mom does running to the store save time, and believe me, it did!
It was a most wonderful run, and one worthy of writing in my most recent column for the Deseret News. You can check it out, here.
Now, if you’re wondering what my fuel of choice for both runs was, it was none other than, the blueberry flavored PROBAR FUEL bar. I carried it in my fuel pack, and snacked on it on my way. I might as well have been eating a blueberry muffin it tasted so good.