Today I am sharing my tips for balancing being a busy running mom! I’ve got a pretty big responsibility over here—> I’m in charge of showing Brooke the world and loving her to pieces. I spend my days helping her to learn and grow. I put in a good amount of time into blogging (and some new fun projects coming out in a few months), my family and marathon training makes sure to keep me on my toes! Here are a five things that I do in order to attempt to make it all work together nicely.
-Brooke and I have a good trade-off going on over here. I get my run in (usually on the treadmill) each morning and then she gets to pick what we do right after I run. Win-win:) Her usual answer is the park so as soon as I am done running, I change clothes and we jet off to the park. I NEED to eat something after a run so having something extremely easy to grab and eat/drink on the go makes this arrangement that we’ve got going on work nicely. These Organic Protein Smoothies are my favorite. Fifteen grams of protein (and 200 calories) help me to get in the nutrients that I need in order to help my body start doing it’s job—> recovering after a run so I can run again the next day.
-I think we sometimes think that cutting into our sleep time will help us to accomplish everything on our to do list. Whenever I do this it takes me so much longer to get simple things done the next day because I am so exhausted. It also decreases my quality of life… being tired all of the time just hurts! Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. You will wake up in a much better mood with more energy to get everything done on your list. Sleep should always be one of our top priorities in order to be effective in all of our other roles.
-Multitask when it comes to fitting in the little things that will help your running—> I like to stretch out while we are at the park. Foam roll when I watch tv at night. Get some planking in at the same time I go through emails on my phone. Practice positive thinking about your next race while driving around town. Don’t wash your hair so often (okay, that’s just me but it does save a lot of time to get everything else done).
-Ask for help when you need it. It is hard for a lot of us to admit we need help at different points in our lives when things get really crazy. Letting other people help out every now and then can really help you when life feels hectic. Isn’t that kind of our purpose… to help each other out? Also, sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with to-do lists and attempting to balance life, pausing to do something nice for somebody else always magically makes the day way better.
-I try to always have fresh veggies on hand at home. I actually like to buy my veggies in bulk at Costco. This way I am motivated to really plow through the veggies in order to not waste a bite (I refuse to throw food away so I make sure to eat everything we buy before it goes bad:)
Always having veggies at home makes it easy to put together quick healthy meals. Today I cut those beautiful mini peppers in half and filled each one with some leftover rice and shredded chicken. Baked them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Topped with some salsa and dipped them into guac. I am pretty sure I am going to have the same thing for dinner.
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Brooke decided to wake up much earlier than usual because she had some phone calls to make. We got back into my bed for a bit to make up for the early wake-up call. PS all the cool kids still wear retainers at the age of 29.
10 easy miles on the treadmill today that flew by because I had the amazing Rachelle to talk to for half of it. She was sporting her Boston jacket from a few years ago which made me even more excited for the race! Today I recruited her to do my 22 miler with me later on this week which guarantees those threeish hours out on the road to be a good time.
You know how we all have a few things that we are extremely bad at? Scrapbooking or being creative in any way is one of mine. We have a scrapbook thing to get done for a friend and so we had to make some extremely tough choices at the store today. Wish me luck. Let’s be honest… I’m going to have to hire my niece to do this for me.
What is keeping you busy these days? Any tips on keeping your running and life balanced?
Are you good at crafts? Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy it? If you do, feel free to come over right now.
Do you feel like you make your sleep a priority or do you feel like a zombie most of the time?
Last person that you ran with?! How many times a week do you run with people?