This is what I have come to know about working out, training for a race, maintaining any sort of
sanity fitness with three small children. of the ages that I have right now. ages two to five. on a school schedule that makes my life a little crazy. it was different but similar when they were infants/really little people with no schedules. yes, little kids have schedules these days. I’m lucky to get the right one to the right place at the right time. little man does not have a schedule yet. because his sisters take up all the time. I digress. and here is what I have come to know about working out, training for a race, maintaining any sort of sanity fitness with three small children. of the ages that I have right now. ages two to five. like I just said.
it’s that the running and plans to run and plans to work out and plans to strength train revolve around the little’s schedules, not my own. I don’t say, I’m going to go run 9 miles at 9 am everyday because that’s what I NEED to do. and everyone else fall in line around that. it’s more like, I fall in line around everyone else (and I’m not going to pay a babysitter $12 an hour so I can make that happen. that would make my ‘hobby’ very expensive). and that 9 miles might not be able to be 9 miles because I only have 45 minutes that day from wakeup until bedtime. when they were little-er, I had a little more flexibility because this thing called educating the children and sending them to school wasn’t cluttering up my day. so inconvenient. 😉 and it was easier to throw them in the jogger and push them all over creation. not so easy now. so I take what I can get. but I do my best to make an effort to fit in what needs to be fit in and try not to be an innocent bystander of the whatever happens, happens crime. sane people go crazy like that. it’s dangerous for a mother to fall into that. for the most part, it happens, but sometimes, it just can’t happen in the ideal way. like strength training today.
this is what I call group fitness. put on the gear.
put out the gear.
I’m all about minimal equipment. you don’t need a lot to get fit. and the kids get crazy with too much ‘stuff’ around. someone might lose an eye.
mommy does a little. with the help of little boy blue and the dog. and my very concerned expression. not sure what that’s about. working on my forehead wrinkles, I guess.
tricep dip with one leg raised. good one.
kidlings do a little. anna does a little. luke is a pain in the butt.
Luke catches on.
then we massage stick it out.
so serious with the massage stick. I mean business. I do know how to smile. i’m generally a happy person. the sun was in my eyes. really.
all together now.
why would I take group fitness classes at a gym when I get all of that in my own home. they finally got distracted by a squirrel or a bird or something and moved on to better things so that I could actually work the muscles and not have to share my stuff.
It’s actually pretty fun to workout with the kids around. they join in. we play around. they annoy the crap out of me and I send them over to the swingset. jolly good day. I’ve been working out with them since they were babies. they really do make a great ‘weight’ set. I would put them in the front carrier and do all sorts of things like lunges, bicep curls, shoulder presses, the possibilities are endless and baby is happy. and then when they are a little bit sturdier infants, you can do crunches with them on your stomach, baby chest presses – they get a kick out of that. so much fun. now they just try to sit on me and climb under me when I’m doing anything. keeps it interesting.
in other important and completely heartbreaking news – my planned track attack revisit for this evening is being moved to the gym. sad. very sad. the hubs has a meeting tonight and something about having to pay the bills and apparently running really fast around a track doesn’t do that. or so he says. he wins. it will be too dark by the time he gets home. so I’m taking my Brooks and my gimpy legs and hitting up the gym. I don’t think I’ve had a gym date after the 7:30 hour since I was 20. This will be interesting. on many levels. running at the end of a loooooong day with the kids will be interesting. running after eating dinner will be interesting. running in general will be interesting. it’s a pretty foreign concept to me at this point.
To continue on with my obnoxious complaining about my shin splint saga – here’s the shin update (because I know you are very concerned (it’s really just the right shin that hasn’t been cooperating)) – is that it’s feeling probably 93% there. maybe 93.5%. I’m guessing after running tonight, it will be at about 75%. that gives me another week until I run again to get it back in the 90’s. that’s my numbers plan for my shin. I’m hoping it’s on board with the whole running thing tonight and kicks right into high gear to give me a fantastic whatever kind of run I’m going to do. it will probably end up being a tempo run. I’m hoping for 6-8 miles.
I’ll fill you in on all the juicy details tomorrow. cliffhanger.
fyi – when it’s one of those weeks when you just can’t make it to the store and the fridge is empty- mud cake is a completely appropriate, delicious and nutritious option for the kiddies lunch.
according to Alex and Luke. they thoroughly enjoyed the feast.
Do you like/have to work out at night? At the gym?
What is your favorite group fitness class? My gym doesn’t offer them, so I don’t even have the option of taking them.