I've not been doing a lot of running lately. That's been pretty evident by my running log (I would be surprised if I hit 250 miles this entire year) and my lack of blogging (I tend to only think of things to blog about when I'm running).
I've analyzed, scrutinized, and just plain pondered about this. And the only thing I can come up with is that I lack the extra time it takes to get myself out there.
For example, yesterday, I began my day at 5:30am doing the WOD (workout of the day) at our local CrossFit. Then I headed home, showered, made breakfast and lunches for my two favorite people, did two loads of laundry, and unloaded the dishwasher - all before B even got up at 9 am (and for the record, no, she doesn't normally sleep that late but she's been battling an ear infection - that we had been blaming on jet lag - for 5 days). Got B off to MMO (mother's morning out), then headed to UHaul to pick up moving boxes (yes, our house is going back on the market), to the ghetto mall to pick up two Christmas gifts, the post office to mail birthday thank you cards (yes, the little rugrat turned ONE last week) and some really late Christmas cards. From there, I picked B back up, took her home, fed her and myself, put her down for a nap and commenced to cleaning out two closets - and a book shelf - and did 3 more loads of laundry. B got up from her nap, we went to the doctor where we found out she has had a raging ear infection (it was a well-visit gone awry...). Off to the pharmacy to pick up B's antibiotics...from there I headed home to get dinner ready. I prepared dinner, fed the rugrat and then gave her a bath. By now, it's 7pm. I cleaned up the kitchen, put said baby (I guess "toddler" is in order these days) down for the night and T and I had dinner ourselves. This was at 8:30.
I had intentions of running an easy 30 minutes because T was supposed to be home earlier than 8:00pm. But, work is important and I will never blame him for going out to kill something and dragging it home...even if it is at 8pm.
This is a normal day for me. I'm pretty certain with everyone's hectic schedules, I'm not alone in this. But, what do other people do? I could have skipped CrossFit at 5:30 but really, I'm actually enjoying it and am excited about the strength I feel from doing it. Besides, I'm not willing to run in the dark by myself - well, not around here, anyway.
I'm starting to wonder if I should just hang up running for a while...find some activities that are a little easier to manage around my schedule. I'm sure things will change, but for now, my windows of exercise opportunity seem to be really early in the morning or really late in the evening. And you know what? I don't love running enough to make myself run on the treadmill every single day. I just don't.
I would be interested to hear your opinion, suggestions, advice, or any words of wisdom you might possess....