Thursday, August 24, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Chaos

I know, I know...it's Thursday, not Monday...but life is a bit hectic these days and my evenings are filled with more important things...


I have been running really early in the mornings while lil' man is still sleeping so as not to miss any time with him. Going back to work has cut our time together drastically, so I am making the most of the time we do have together.

Running early is hard though...like REALLY hard, especially when I have to rush to get cleaned up and ready for work before he wakes up, and while he has been sleeping much better #Hallelujah, I have been having to get up and pump before I run in the mornings...which is never fun. However, if having to pump means I am getting 7 consecutive hours of sleep, I will do it!

Pumping before running adds an additional 30 minutes to my running prep, which means some days I am getting up at 4:30AM depending on how far I need to run...I try to make it back to the house by 6-6:30 so I have time to shower and get cleaned up by 7-7:15. Mornings are rushed and chaotic, but luckily AJ has some flexibility in his schedule and understands how important running is to me.

There have definitely been moments where I think about how much easier it would be to quit...and honestly, that is still where I am right now. The beginning of the school year is always crazy and exhausting...add to that marathon training and a 5 mo old and you have a 3-ring circus ;)

While I definitely have moments where I doubt myself...there have been moments where I remember WHY I am doing this. Last weekend I ran my longest run in over a year and I have to say it felt great! I went out planning to run 12, but miscalculated my route and ended up running 13.1 instead. That impromptu half-marathon was exactly what I needed to gain some confidence in my ability to finish marathon training and cross that finish line in November.

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