Training: Turning off the Running

He's always so darned cheerful in the mornings.

It was Saturday night and I was tucking in the Tiny Kitchen Assistant. He reached up and started pushing imaginary buttons on my forehead — beep boop beep. When I asked him what he was doing, he told me that he was turning off my running so I wouldn’t be gone when he woke up in the morning.

“But I have two races coming up,” I protested.

He gave me his best pouty face. “But I want to curl up in bed and snuggle on Sunday morning,” he said. “You’re never there to do it on Saturdays. Can’t you stay home on Sunday? Pleeeeease?”

Seriously, people: how do you say no to that?

So on Sunday morning I spent an hour curled up in bed talking and giggling and playing with “the boys” (a dalmatian, a snake, a platypus and a polar bear) and realizing that even though I may be the slowest runner at my 8K in DC, I’ll probably forget my finish time for that race long before  I forget the joy of lazy Sunday mornings with my family.

That said, however, I really need to take a serious look at my schedule and find a way to work hills and intervals into my weekly workouts. Last week, I did five days of workouts and never once managed to work in a proper run (no, the 20 minutes of intervals on the gym treadmill before Zumba didn’t count). Unless I drop one of my classes, I’m either going to have to double up my workouts or eliminate my weekly rest day on Friday.

And it isn’t going to get any easier, either. I’m looking at the calendar and aside from wondering how it’s almost March already, I’m also looking ahead to June when the school dropoff schedule shifts and I’ll be able to return to Tuesday/Thursday kickboxing. Let me tell you: when you like more than one thing, working it all into the schedule can get surprisingly complicated.

What are your favorite things? How do you work it into your schedule and still keep the family happy?

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