If you knew me way back when… okay way back two or three years ago… running was this huge part of my life. I’ve run one full marathon (which I hated), 10 half-marathons and a bunch of shorter races. And then I had a difficult pregnancy. And then I had a baby. And then I lost my mojo.
It’s not easy to run when you have a kid and work a full-time job. My options are as follows:
• Run at home before Alexander wakes up in the morning (we have a treadmill)
• Run at the gym during my lunch break
• Run at home after work
And while that seems like I have a ton of options when I list it out, there are problems with all of them.
Running at home in the morning – in the morning is the problem.
Running at lunch – I do this most often. It takes me about 10 minutes to drive to the gym, 5 minutes to change and I can only get a 30 minute workout in before I start to feel guilty about taking too long of a lunch break. Plus I work at a pretty meeting-heavy job and my lunch break often isn’t a break and when it is, sometimes I need that time to just go shopping… I mean do errands.
Running at home after work – I don’t get home until almost 7. Alexander needs to eat. I need to eat. I need to relax.
So yeah, I’m full of excuses. And looking at my options, the best one is running in the morning and I’ve done that twice this week. My friend Heather suggested putting my alarm on the other side of the room so I’ll have to walk over to it to shut it off and that seems to work pretty well.
I’ve never been a fast runner by any stretch of the imagination. But I’ve built up endurance throughout the years. The funny thing about endurance, though, it’s much, much easier to lose it. And I’m somewhat humbled by how hard running has become now that I’m not doing it regularly. If I had to, I could probably run 20 minutes straight and that’s it. So I started doing the Couch 2 10K app.
Truth be told, I could have started on a higher week than Week 4, but I was already pushing myself by actually getting up, right?