Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Better Than Nothing

Today I had lofty goals. Ok, not really, but I was going to get out of bed and run for at least 30-40 minutes. No mileage goals since I'm currently just in base-building (making sure I keep my mileage up so I'm ready to start ultra training in another month or so) and calorie burning. Well, I rolled over and looked at my clock thinking it was probably around 5:45am.... 7:05?! WHAT?! Lately, my kids have been sleeping more (definitely a good thing), but that has really thrown me off my game. Also, Jeff started a new job and doesn't leave before the dawn-even-thinks-about-cracking like he used to. We're all adjusting.

I digress...so I looked at that 7:05 and started thinking...I could throw my clothes on and run for about 20, maybe 30 minutes if I push it. Or I could try to run on the treadmill later. Or I could ride the trainer later. Hmmm....I think I hear one of the kids stirring. Maybe I'll just roll over and wait for them.

Exhausting, isn't it? Yes, this was a real "conversation" I had with myself this morning. (Maybe this is why I'm usually tired? I exhaust myself...)

Alas, I laid in bed. The kids came in and we snuggled. And it was great! I try to remember that these days won't last forever and to enjoy them while I can.

Later, I started thinking about my missed workout. We had a play-date, so I wasn't working out in the morning (last minute tidying, you know). Then lunch. Then youngest nap time and quality time with my 5 1/2 year old. Uh, oh. Running out of time.

Jeff texted me that he was leaving work and I knew I had to leave the house at 4:00pm for an appointment. Ok, kids, lets head to the basement and mommy's going to ride her bike. They were ok with that (we have TONS of toys and a bounce house for kid exercise in the basement).

By this point, I had 20 minutes to ride the trainer then get a quick shower before I needed to get in the car. I had to remind myself that 20 minutes is better than no minutes of exercise.  Some days I get bogged down with the mentality that I have to run X number of miles or if it's not at least 30mins, then it's not worth it. Exercise is ALWAYS worth it. I burned some calories. I worked some different muscles than I would have by running this morning. And I had quality time in the morning with my kids. Plus, they saw me exercising which is never a bad thing.

I'll consider today a success!

Better Than Nothing!
Better Than Nothing!

15 comments:

  1. Sometimes getting a workout in IS hard, good for you for finding the 20 minutes!

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  2. Sometimes it is hard to get in a workout, but spending time with the family is priceless.

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  3. I have the EXACT same conversations with myself! And I have to work really hard to avoid the "workouts must be THIS length or THIS speed to be worth it" mentality ... Been having that problem lately, and then I end up doing nothing.

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  4. This just proves what I already know: you're a Mom who runs. Not a runner who feigns at parenting when it's convenient for her. Sadly, too few parents put their families first, but I'm glad to see we're doing something right!

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  5. Thank you! It's also making sure to not say that 20minutes ISN'T enough.

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  6. ABSOLUTELY! And they grow up too fast as it is. I have learned to always take the family time. I have the rest of my life to run.

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  7. Just remind yourself that it IS ok to have a short workout. Better than sitting on the couch or my problem...eating cookies :)

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  8. Good job fitting a ride it. It can be so had as a mom to fit in time for ourselves, but it is something we need. I had a "hit the snooze button" morning myself today, and hopefully I fit my workout in somewhere.

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  9. I agree a little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing. Even if I really don't feel like working out at all, I usually still try to at least take a walk. better than nothing. and yes, I have very similar "conversations" with myself.

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  10. So funny you should write about this today, as I had the same thought process! It's a yoga day for me, but I was not up for my usual 60 minutes, so I did 20 and it felt wonderful. All that I wanted, all that I needed to keep myself going.

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  11. Totally! SOMETHING is better than NOTHING! This is why I post 20 minute workouts on my blog every Wednesday. 20 minutes is sometimes all we have, make it count! Good for you!

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  12. Thanks! I'll have to check out those workouts. Thanks for the comment.

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  13. Thanks, Lea! Glad I'm not the only one with single person conversations :)

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