Finding Time: Workouts On the Go

So, that happened.

So, that happened.

School is over. Well, classroom work is over. But STILL–!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Moving forward, closer to graduation, makes me so happy. I’m relieved not to be sitting at a desk all day and to finally be back on my feet, working with patients.

Well, except for that being on my feet all day takes some getting used to and now I have no time to work out. No, really. I have no time.

4:30 (5:00, if we’re lucky)- Baby wakes up, so Mommy and Daddy are up

4:30-4:50– Family play time. The only time we have all day when the three of us are together

5:00-5:45– Feed baby, eat breakfast/Daddy get ready

"I'll have whatever you're eating, Mommy."

“I’ll have whatever you’re eating, Mommy.”

5:45-6:15– Mommy get ready

6:15– Daddy goes to work/Put baby down for a nap

Sometimes we nap in airports.

Sometimes we nap on airplanes.

6:30– Finish getting ready for work/finish up stuff around the apartment

7:30– Nanny arrives/Go to work

Hi. I'm Abby, I'll be your physical therapist today.

Hi. I’m Abby, I’ll be your physical therapist today. Don’t be scared. 

8:30-4:30– Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work. Work.

4:30-5:15– Rush home.*

5:15 (if I’m lucky)- Give baby bottle, put to bed.

5:45– Husband to gym/Make dinner

Julia freakin' Childs here.

Julia freakin’ Childs here.

6:30– Dinner

7:00– Clean up apartment, do stuff around apartment, pack for next day

7:30/8– Bed

I knew if I wanted to run with my new schedule it would either be late at night or I could try to *runmute home.

{Runmute (noun):  run + commute}

I chose the latter since I fall asleep on the couch at 7:30 pretty much every night. I am not one who can sacrifice sleep for a workout.

Anyway, my runmute takes me through Central Park (yay!), mostly uphill the entire way (boo!). But, you know what? It works. And thankfully, I have a locker at work (double yay!) where I can switch out my scrubs for my lululemon.

Let's be real. My walk to work from the train isn't half bad, either.

Let’s be real. My walk to work from the train isn’t half bad, either.

I’m not saying everyone can find the time. I’m not saying I’m going to make the time every time. But it takes the same amount of time for me to run home as it does to take the train during rush hour, so I’m going to employ my legs 2-3 times a week as my ride home.

I’ll be doing mostly tempo, fartlek, and progression runs since repeats on Central Park’s terrain are an exercise in frustration and the distance home is the same, no matter what workout I do. But those are 3 very important and effective workouts I can do given the distance (~ 5 miles) and time.

I’m making it happen because I want to. I have a goal.

How do you make it happen?

Now go out and run!

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.