Oh, hey, it’s Tuesday! That means Tuesday on the Run! And guess what? I ran yesterday! A whopping 5.5 miles. This week’s topic is your biggest running challenge. Why is it so hard to get out and run? Maybe it’s not for you, but it is for me.
Without a doubt, my biggest challenge is TIME! Let me give you a peek on what an average day is like.
My Daily Schedule
6:30 a.m. – Wake up.
6:30-7:30 – Get elementary school kids ready for school. Feed them, make sure they have weather-appropriate clothes on.
7:30-8:00 – Get middle schooler out the door and wake up preschooler.
8:15 – Drive preschooler to school.
9:00-ish- Errands, work, or running. Cause all 3 are not happening.
11:15 – Leave to pick up preschooler from school.
12:00 – Feed preschooler.
12:30-2:30 – Spend time with preschooler and read, play, or run errands. Maybe clean the house. Or maybe try to do work, because these blog posts aren’t writing themselves.
2:30-ish – Think about dinner, about how much I hate making dinner and why I didn’t create a meal plan, like I was supposed to.
2:50 – Get kids from bus stop.
3:00-8:00- Help kids with homework, make dinner, feed kids, get kids to practices, games, after-school activities, manage playdates, start bedtime process.
8:00-10:00 – Listen to husband put kids to bed and get asked a million times for stories, snacks, and water.
10:00-12:00- Hang out with husband, work, and get ready for the next day.
Midnight – Hopefully be in bed.
It takes discipline to find the time, a real concentrated effort for me to schedule the time to run. It’s the other things that have to get done during the time allotted for running that stresses me out. But you know what? Sometimes I just have to do it. I won’t even talk about the challenges when it comes to injuries, motivation, or sleep deprivation.
Why do I run again? It really sucks sometimes.
Yesterday I made the decision to run. I was supposed to run over the weekend, but Disney got in the way. I was tired, so I made excuses. I was so exhausted from my trip when I came home, I went to bed early, like 9:30 p.m. early. I think this helped me a lot. When I put two steps forward and just started running, my body felt good, and I got 5 1/2 miles in.
That’s why I keep running. I run for that feeling afterwards. I run, because it pushes me, and it keeps me active.
I know we’re all busy. We all have responsibilities. Don’t beat yourself up about missing a run, but just get out there the next day, and do the best you can. That’s all we can do. What are your biggest running challenges?