How to Train When You Have No Time

There are people in this world who legitimately have no time to work out. Instagram would have you believe otherwise.

A quick Google image search brought up these "fitspiration" quotes.

A quick Google image search brought up these “fitspiration” quotes.

The Internet thinks I’m lazy. Isn’t that nice? They call this “fitspiration”…I’ll let you decide how inspiring sayings like this are. For me? Not so much.

Guess what? I no longer have all the time in the world to work out. I really don’t have the opportunity to take 2 hours out of my Monday-Friday to hit the track and then the gym. I only wash my hair 2-3x/week as it is.

And yet, I’m still training for a half marathon by running 2-3 days/week.

Yes, TRAINING.

Yeah, for that, too.

Yeah, for that, too.

So, what to prioritize?

Science tells us that short-term speed and interval training elicits similar physiological effects on the body as endurance training. It’s not a total replacement, mind you, but I’m not Kara Goucher. I’m thrilled that my mitochondria are getting more efficient in my 45 minute intervals versus a 90 minute easy run!

Hallelujah!

Here’s what I’m doing:

  • Day 1: Repeats/ladders/short sprints
  • Day 2: Progression/tempo run
  • Day 3 (optional): Distance w/stroller

Day 3 really isn’t happening these days. It’s just not. The weather hasn’t been favorable for stroller running and I won’t take even more time away from the already very limited family days I have on the weekend to run.

Why?

Because I also need to strength train. And, as science has shown us repeatedly, strength training helps maximize endurance performance AND prevents injuries.

You will find me at Refine Method AS MANY TIMES A WEEK AS POSSIBLE.

You will find me at Refine Method AS MANY TIMES A WEEK AS POSSIBLE. I’m not only one of their amabassadors, I’m OBSESSED with them.

So, yeah. That’s what I’m doing and that’s why I’m doing it.

Now go out and run!

No Going Back

Hi.

Happy Tuesday.

Tuesday

Amen.

 

 

There’s been something kind of bugging me recently. Well, not recently, but for a while now.

As a new mom and an active woman, there’s this tremendous pressure to go back. To get back to my previous weight. To get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. To get back to my pre-pregnancy racing times. To get back to my pre-pregnancy workout schedule.

Here’s the thing, there is no going back.

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39 weeks. Hey baby!

 

 

My body is never going to be the same as it was before I had my son. I will always have the scars of pregnancy, giving birth, and nursing my son in some shape or form somewhere in/on my body. That’s just a fact of life.

I’m not going back.

I’ve got the scars of childbearing and I’m gonna wear them like the warrior that I am. They are the best reminders I have that there is more to life than whatever the hell I’m doing right now.

Instead, I’m going to go forward, just as I am, scars and all. And I’m gonna tackle a half marathon this summer.

Day 1. Sweaty beast.

Day 1. Sweaty beast.

I may not PR. I probably won’t, actually. I may not get in all the miles that I put on my training schedule. I may not ever reach my ideal racing weight. Actually, I probably won’t with that one, either.

But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the fact that I’m not back to where I used to be hold me back from taking on this race.

It’s the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon in July and I’m really pumped to be training again, extra pounds and all. I’m doing it with 2 friends who are newbies to running and having a ball coaching them to the finish line.

Did someone say wine?

Did someone say wine?

I don’t want to be back where I was before my baby. He’s awesome. And that shouldn’t be a goal of mine. I’m going forward and gonna kick some ass along the way!

Now go out and run.