Daylight savings time has left little daylight in the morning (sunrise about 6:45 but I think there is some light around 6:15) which has left me feeling pretty discouraged about my morning workout routine since the desirable running route from my house is on trails and I just don’t feel comfortable running on them in the dark. My best option at this point is going to be to run on the paved sidewalks until the sun comes up and then head for the trails. And I need to figure out what time I’d need to wake up in order to do that. I’m guessing it’s going to be 5:15-5:30 depending on how far I plan to run. Although I was doing this before Siena was born and for a bit while we were doing P90X, it’s different now since I’m more sleep deprived and unlike maternity leave, I can’t take a nap (or at least convince myself that I can take a nap later when the alarm goes off even if I don’t end up doing it).
First, thank you to everyone who reached out to wish me luck or ask about my first day back at work! It was hard to leave her and I definitely cried as soon as we left the day care (and was holding back the tears the entire time we were inside), but every day it got easier. I have yet to work a full work day (that starts Monday) which has helped with the transition. Heading into work knowing I got to leave a little early made it easier to leave her. Monday will be the ultimate test!
One of my biggest hurdles (besides missing Siena and pumping at work, but that’s a whole different topic) going back to work is going to be managing my workouts. Fitness is a huge part of my life and I’ve signed up for quite a few races this year so I know I’ll have to make it work. I probably should have tested out a morning workout this week while I’m still working partial days, but honestly it was hard just to get to work before 8;30 a.m. even after waking up at 6:30 and NOT working out or dropping Siena at daycare (for now I think the plan will be for Mike to do drop offs and me to do pick-up so I can nurse her twice before bed).
Once I’m back full time, nighttime workouts are going to be a stretch since ideally I’d like to nurse Siena when I get home, then cook and eat dinner, spent some time playing with her and then nurse her again before bed. If anything, I could see myself scheduling one post-work workout a week but that’ll be it (my company just started offering a free Wednesday night yoga class from 5-6 PM so I hope to partake!).
Lately, Siena has been sleeping poorly. At 3 months I considered her an excellent sleeper because she slept 8-9 hour stretches and ate once and went back to bed til 7 a.m. She didn’t really make any progress from this schedule since then, but ever since we went on vacation she has been adding in a second wake-up around midnight and often will wake for the day before her usual 7 a.m. I am working on a very large sleep debt from our vacation since we had some late nights staying up with friends and I was waking up at least twice a night to feed Siena. On top of it, I’ve been having some major problems falling asleep lately which isn’t helping. There have been days where I feel physically sick because I haven’t gotten more than a few hours of sleep (which is mostly my own fault, not even Siena’s!). It’s definitely a problem and I hope to catch up on sleep over this three day weekend I have ahead of me. I’m hopeful that Siena’s sleep will get better soon as she’s currently in one of those developmental “leaps” and of course, I’m sure being on vacation totally threw her off.
Needless to say, all of this isn’t exactly making me excited to wake up at 5:15 AM to run in the dark exhausted. It also doesn’t help that I haven’t actually made myself a training schedule for my half marathons so it’s less motivating to wake up to workout since I don’t have an official training run scheduled (this is where it would be nice to have a coach!). I totally get that I am not alone in my problem and this is why a lot of moms don’t work out at all! If I wasn’t signed up for all these races, I’d probably do a home workout program like 21 day fix instead (I actually did just purchase Tony Horton’s new 22 Hard Corps workout which is a series of just 22 minute workouts that I figured I can get in at times for some strength training, maybe even quickly after work sometimes). But, I really do love running and I want to make this work!
This post wasn’t intended to sound like a run on complaint, but it has helped to write out all the thoughts running through my head as I get used to my “new normal.” So far, I’ve come up with a couple of solutions to my problems. First, I’m going to buy a treadmill (on Craig’s List of course) for the garage. This way I can get in speedwork on the treadmill (there is no where near my house to do anything besides hill repeats and those have to be done on the trails which means I have to wait til the sun comes up), run indoors if it’s really dark or raining, and I can still run when Mike is out of town or busy (assuming Siena is asleep of course).
Second, I’m going to follow a freaking training plan specifically targeted for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon. Anyone have any suggestions for good half marathon training plans? I can easily make one up myself but I feel like I’m more likely to skip workouts if I know I’m the one who made it up. I may just default to Hal Higdon if I don’t find something better. Third, I am going to schedule some early morning runs with friends. My friend Allison said she’d meet up with me once a week for a 6 a.m. run and Asia and I have already scheduled a pre-work run for Monday. Having someone there waiting will definitely motivate me to get up! Last, I am going to start working on winding down at night so that I can fall asleep more quickly. More on my new pre-bed routine in another post.
Like I said in a previous post, I’m going to start doing my weekly training recaps here on my blog so hopefully that keeps me accountable as well. I have to add a caveat to all of this and say that I do plan to give myself a break – I am not trying to set a PR at any of these races and I am taking care of an infant and working 40+ hours a week. If I miss some workouts, that’s life. I want to commit to my training but I also don’t want my training to retract from my happiness and health. I’m going to do my best. As someone who tends to lean toward the “all or nothing” side of things, this is going to take some personal development on my end!
Do you have a half marathon training plan you can recommend? How do you balance training and life?