I went running this morning! I haven’t done that since Peri was born. Out of necessity, I’ve become an evening/lunchtime exerciser. I breastfed Peri for a full year (still going but only evenings, mornings, and random times when she grabs my shirt), and I needed to get to the daycare early in order to have time to nurse her there. For an entire year, I willingly accepted taking the kids to daycare as part of my daily routine. The Mister and I both drive past the daycare on the way to work, so he just as easily could have dropped them off. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit resentful that he got to just breeze out of the door daily.
Now that Peri is older, we don’t nurse at the daycare anymore, but we kept our old schedule out of habit. I realized last week that I was arriving at work 45 minutes early with nothing pressing to do. I decided that it high time that I add morning exercise back into my routine. I informed The Mister that he will be dropping the kids off some mornings since I’ve done it forever. We are also experimenting with just one person getting both kids ready for school. I’ve had to do this occasionally since he has to be at work by 6AM sometimes, but we typically tag-team the job. It can be tough trying to wrangle both kids out the door alone while the other person sleeps blissfully. However, it is totally worth it to me to have a block of time in the morning to myself some days.
Today was the first full time The Mister handled all morning duties including drop-off. I planned to go running and I succeeded, mostly. I laid all my clothes out the night before and set my alarm for 5:40AM with the intention of being out the door by 6AM for a 5-mile run. I need to do better about prepping because I didn’t get started until 6:15! It was like a comedy of minor errors trying to get out the door. Why can’t I lock the door? Oh right, we changed the door fixture and I don’t have the new key on my ring. Where’s the new key? The garage doorknob just fell off! What is it with the doors in this house! Oops, forgot my Ipod… Ugh! I’ll do better next time.
I had to cut the run a little short opting for a 5K around my neighborhood instead of the 5-miler I had planned. I’m still running quite slowly so a 5-miler would have required at least an hour of time that I didn’t have. I completed 3.1 miles in 33:05 for 10:40/mile pace. I took several brief walk breaks but I ran up all of the hills only gassing out at the top of some of them.
I’m not mad at my pace at all. The last time I raced a 5K (last June), I finished in just under 40 minutes. So 33 minutes is a great improvement because my neighborhood is pretty hilly compared to the fairly flat 5K that I ran. I also wasn’t pushing during this run so that makes me feel even better about the pace. I need to sign up for another 5K to get a new baseline!
I really need to commit to running 3x a week if I want to be prepared for the things I’d like to do in the second half of 2014. Now that mornings are back in play, I can see this being more manageable. Two morning runs and 1 lunchtime run would make 3 runs/week easy. I’d like to include a weekend long run in there too and I’ll work on that in time.
Committing to morning runs will also have the desirable side effect of forcing me to go to bed earlier. Peri is sleeping well, much better than before, and I’m getting more rest than ever. I still need to recuperate from a year of sleep deprivation but I’ve developed the nasty habit of of staying up late doing absolutely nothing. Before Peri was born, I passed out at 9:30PM. Now, I end up sitting in bed playing Words With Friends or Ruzzle and browsing Facebook and Twitter from 10-10:30 or 11 when I crash. This is simply not a good use of the extra 30 minutes of evening time that I’ve found now that I don’t have to prep bottles for daycare anymore.
Things are changing for the better and its time for me to make more efficient use of my time. I can get both more exercise and rest. Five or six days of exercise a week and 7 hours of sleep a night – that’s the goal. I think that’s a good habit for me to develop.
Yep, it’s a new day and I’m feeling good.
Song of the Run: “Call The Law” – Big Boi & Janelle Monae from the “Idlewild” soundtrack