Run for fun #4: Struggling with school holidays
Exercise since British 10k race has been sparse:
- 16.10 km cycle on stationary on Wednesday (35 min)
- 15.10 km cycle on stationary on Thursday (36 min)
- 11.10 km run on Saturday (58:23)
- 15.07 km run on Sunday (1:20:04)
I’m at home with the boys so we walk a lot every day, but I definitely miss my long Wednesday runs. And I miss having a bit of energy in the evenings to do some strength work – I’m amazingly tired every evening from just mothering and once the boys are in bed after 8 I don’t. do. a single. thing. any. more.
Holidays from work and just being able to hang out with them children of mine is of course great in many ways, but not having a clear structure to every day makes me struggle with exercise and eating a lot. When I work, I know exactly what and when I have breakfast, lunch and dinner; and after a day of sitting in the office I do have energy to exercise once the boys are in bed.
Every evening during these holidays so far that I crash on the couch at 8:30 I think about how freaking lucky I am that my mother lives with us and that I can work 4 days a week and go for a run whenever I want to. That set-up, the mix of a little bit of this and a little bit of that, keeps me ticking along and sane in the head. I also think about how I should never ever think that stay at home moms are lazy for not exercising when the kids sleep – if they do, they are bloody marvellous, but if they don’t then it’s only because full-time mothering is so freaking exhausting!
I have to say that yesterday was a particularly slack and unmotivating kind of day for me, so I’m feeling just a little blue. Thankfully it’s a new day today and I will endeavour to just squeeze in a few planks and push ups during the day so that when the evening comes I can happily crash on the couch. The key is definitely to do as much physical as possible in the mornings because as the day progresses, the little lights of my life (i.e. my boy children) suck more and more energy out of my body :)
I’m not saying that because I think that they shouldn’t do it – I’m saying that just because children do that to you – they take your energy just because they’re children… we as parents just have to go with the flow (and maybe start drinking up slimy chia seeds to give us more energy ;).
On Sunday we’ll be on the plane to Estonia and I’ll have more extended family around me again so I can recharge the batteries and start running more again. I have a few half-marathons coming up in the fall and I want to kick butt and get some PBs.
How’s your running been this week? This summer? With kids off from school? Tell me I’m not the only one who finds school holidays tiring?
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