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Monday, September 26, 2011

Manic Monday

I keep thinking that life is going to settle down at some point, and that fitting the running in is gonna get easier, but that's probably delusional.  I know that somewhere out there, some parent has half a dozen kids, a spouse who's deployed in Afghanistan or something, and they're working a crazy 80-hour a week job and they are still getting their miles in -- but me?  I'm barely eeking out 12-15 miles a week.

Today, I had to fit it in at a weird time for me: Noon.

Normally, I don't run in the middle of the day, but that's when it worked best today.

Early morning didn't work for me because A.) I was woken up early this morning at 4, 5:30, 6, and then for good at 6:45, and then B.) We had an early morning PT appointment for Caleb's tilty neck.

Typically, I would postpone the run until after my class, but today, I have to rush home to meet the A/C people because our A/C is on the fritz.

So, a quick nooner it was!  I only had 25 minutes before my office hours, so I had to do my best with the time available, but I got 2 miles done in 19:52 and then ran the remaining 5 minutes at a slower "cool down" pace.  I think the total mileage was something like 2.4 miles.

Part of me knew that I could have squeezed a full 3 miles in (really, no student is going to be hanging out outside my office door AT 12:30 wondering where I am), but I try to be as diligent as possible in being present in my office as I have posted.  So, it was a short Monday run.  But it was something.  And one of these days -- maybe when the kids are in college (?!) -- I won't be using that ("it was something") phrasing anymore.

14 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Hey, I call that good enough!! I was one of those paranoid students who showed up exactly on time (and then had to wait because the person before me was still in there).

fancy nancy said...

Yeah....when they're in college sounds about right! I'm glad you were able to fit it in though! I know the feeling and I only have one child....keep working at it!!!

5'10" Irish said...

Bite the bullet and get a double stroller! Hee! I get my runs in by running the kids to school!

Erin said...

How was the Dr appt?

Any run is better than no run. My pathetic attempt at exercise has been a walk around the block. I am still pretty sore but need to get "miles" in, not blocks.

I am sure the good students appreciate you being on time. I know I did appreciate my profs adhering to their posted times.

Jamoosh said...

As someone who has no kids, but has numerous friends who have had children in the pat five years, I can tell you that it will never be the same and things will never settle down.

Navigating the Mothership said...

Hi! New follower after someone linked to you. Just wanted to say that I feel your pain. I have an almost 3-month-old and a toddler and I WANT TO EXERCISE. But I can only get in about 4 purposeful 30 min workouts each week. And that's with skipping showering half the time. I'm trying to chant "good enough, good enough, good enough" as my mantra. It's working-ish. Kinda. Sorta. (Not really - I want more!) Good job squeezing in a nooner :)

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

2.4 miles is better than zero! (PS - almost no one ever shows up for office hours, but I'm right there with you... I sit there for my scheduled time anyway.) ;)

Heather said...

A little run is better than nothing! Way to make use of the time you have.

Lauren said...

But it was "something." And as everyone else said 2.4 is waaayyy better than 0.0.

runner26 said...

I'm doing the same. Ran to and from the grocery store today. A total of two miles. A mom's gotta do it like that ;)

Nice work!

N.D. said...

You are doing great fitting it in. I think it will get easier when you don't have 2 dependent kids! That's what I'm telling myself!

Jeremy said...

I find it hard to always fit in that run. Challenging with 2 athletes, both working, and 3 kids to boot. I often do the nooner to get away from it all and just get out! Way to make the time!

Carolina John said...

Yea it doesn't get much easier. but as the kids get older it does ease up some. Now that mine are 6 & 4 they are both in school and sleeping through the night it does at least get more consistent. Keep your head up, those miles will come soon enough.

BrianFlash said...

Please tell me that fritzy AC unit isn't manufactured by Nordyne, a fine company that employs me!