So, this is the post that I NEVER thought I would write. . .
I am running in the mornings before work.
I know, right?!
For anyone who knows me, knows that #1 I love to sleep and #2 I hate getting up early.
So this is really big news.
I knew something had to change when the weather got colder and started snowing and I couldn’t take Luke with me in the jogging stroller. . .
See, I teach BODYPUMP on Monday and Wednesday nights at the YMCA.
So I get home from work with Luke. We play, eat dinner and then I have to head out. . . leaving Scott to do more playtime and all of bedtime. Which is FINE – he gets Luke time and he is more than willing to do that for me. BUT on Tuesday and Thursday, it is my turn to take the lead with playtime and bedtime. (obviously when we are both here, we both help with everything, but we usually do bedtime with just one of us reading, brushing teeth, snuggling and prayers.
Well, before winter came, on Tuesday and Thursday, Luke and I would get home and I would take him for a run in the jogging stroller. Win for me – running and time with Luke. Win for Scott – some alone time at home to get things done. Well, then it got colder and the jogging stroller wasn’t going to cut it. So, if I went for a run after work and that means I leave Scott doing the single parent thing again. . . Well, #1. that’s not fair and #2. I want Luke/family time too!
So, I did some thinking and heart searching and chatting with Scott and decided that I would try to do my Tuesday/Thursday runs in the morning before work. I get up about 45 minutes earlier that I would have before and that would give me enough time to get dressed, get on the treadmill, put in about 3 miles, shower and get ready for work.
WOW. It is so nice to get home after work and to not worry about trying to fit in my workout. I get to come home, hang out, play with Luke, do bedtime, cook dinner, spend time on the couch, catch up with the husband, give Abby some loving, all of these things that I would try to quick cram in after my workout after work. . . I also have time to run errands, or do a quick fro yo date with Luke.
Yes, there are some downsides. #1. I still loathe getting up early. #2. It takes me a lot longer to get warmed up, so my miles are usually slower.
But, for how accomplished I feel after fitting in a few miles before work and having that workout done so I have time to enjoy my evenings = worth it.
I am not sure what will happen when spring and summer come back. I really enjoy running with Luke (and I like to sleep). .. so if he is still cool with hanging out in the jogging stroller, we will probably go back to running together after work.
BUT, it is so nice knowing that running in the morning is an option and I CAN be a morning exerciser. Amazing, right? And if I can do it, anyone can…… no, seriously.
When do you work out? Have you ever had to change your routine?