Good morning! This post is sponsored by Care/of . I’ve got some really helpful things to share with you that I am doing to help me accomplish all of the little things that keep me running strong and healthy!
It is SO incredibly easy at this point of life to say that I don’t have enough time for all of the little things that I need to do to keep my body healthy and strong as I am training for races. I’m sure the majority of you feel the same way, life is busy! It’s easy to tell myself that I’m too tired to stretch after a run or that I don’t have time to fit in some strength training each day. It’s easy to tell myself I don’t have time to do all the things that contribute to a successful recovery— like prioritizing nutrition and vitamins. It’s easy for me to go out and do the fun part of training and skip the not so fun parts of training that will keep my body healthy and strong. When the excuses start popping up in my head telling me why I can’t do the little things each day to take care of myself, I say:
If you are too tired to strength train then you are too tired to train for races. If you are too busy to take time each day to stretch then you are too busy to run. If you have too many things to do right after a run and skip out on refueling your body with some amazing nutrients and vitamins then you have too many things going on to be able to go out and get X amount of miles each day.
I think I came up with these above replies to my excuses based on something I tell the kids, ha… “If you are too tired to clean your room then you are surely too tired to go to the park later;)”
Turns out the same type of thinking works for both me and the five year olds.
If I can’t take care of myself so I can be healthy and injury free, then I shouldn’t be running as much as I do. I really don’t want to be injured. I’m going to control what I can so I can keep on training. I have a few things that I do each day to fit these important aspects of my training into my day successfully.
*I have a yogurt and some toast or a protein smoothie first thing when I come in from a run. It is usually eaten while I am breastfeeding Skye but I’m getting it in.
*A lot of days the only time I can really get in a quality stretching session is at night while I am watching something on Netflix with Andrew. I also get in some glute/core work while we are watching Netflix. The kids are all asleep and taking 15 minutes (even though I’m tired) to do those things makes it possible to keep running.
*I make the kids a part of it… we stretch together on my yoga mats. There are many times that Skye joins me while I am doing strength/stretching routines. I talk to her the whole time and try to make her smile.
*I now have a very easy and convenient way to get in the vitamins my body needs! The first time I talked with my new coach on the phone she told me how important it is right now that I get in the vitamins that I need in order to sustain both training and breastfeeding. Both of these activities require a lot from my body. It is CRUCIAL that I give my body what it needs in order to continue to do both of these things healthily!
Care/of is the perfect way for me to take my vitamins each day! Care/of is personalized just for me and includes just what I need. Their packs are so convenient and easy to grab each day! I love that each pack has a quote, fact or challenge. It keeps things interesting!
All you have to do is take a five-minute quiz (HERE) to customize YOUR vitamin pack! Your customized pack of vitamins follows your specific diet, your health goals, the nutrients you need, whether or not you need a prenatal, your energy needs, etc. Here are two examples of questions from my quiz to find out what sort of things my body needs!
Not only are all of the vitamins personalized for me but I love the Care/of packaging. The cute packaging just sits right on my countertop (the packs are childproof) so it’s easy to remember to take my vitamins each day. I also put a few of my packages in my diaper bag so it’s super simple to take when I’m out and about! Care/of makes all of their vitamins and supplements using the best ingredients out there… for example their fish oil supplement is made from Wild Alaskan salmon.
Another amazing thing about this company is that a portion of every sale goes toward the Good+ Foundation. This foundation helps mothers in need receive prenatal vitamins to make sure that their child can get these important nutrients throughout pregnancy and the first few months of the child’s life!
Care/of makes sure I am taking the right vitamins for me each day, no excuses!
Next time you find yourself skipping out on doing the little things that will help you with your running and staying healthy, remind yourself that if you don’t have time for those things then you probably don’t have time for running:) It’s working for me and this is probably the most consistent I’ve ever been with taking preventative steps to help me stay healthy and injury free!
Take the quiz from Care/of to see what vitamins you need, and get 25% off your first month using the code RUNNER.
How do you fit stretching and strength training into your day to help you stay healthy and injury free?
How much longer until your next race if you have one on the schedule?
-38 days for me!
What shows have you been watching on Netflix lately? I need some new good ones to stretch to!
What do you tell yourself to overcome any of your work out excuses that you may have had lately?