Dear Bad A** Mother Runners who work,
How do you do this and train? Specifically, how do you get up, wrangle your posse, go to work, and train for a race?
I’m no novice here. I’ve trained at crazy hours to get my running in while I’m in nursing school. It’s just that now I’m working in the hospital in an immersion program and it’s completely flattening my mojo.
Motivation = 0
If it was 0.2 I could multiply it by SOMETHING and get motivated.
But it’s not. It’s 0.
The issue is that I can’t run in the morning because it’s too early. I mean, realistically I can’t get up at 345 a.m. every single day and run an hour, be done, get the kids lunches packed into their backpacks, get ready for work, greet the babysitter, commute to the hospital, work a (12 or 8) hour shift on my feet for (11.5 or 8) hours, and function...
it's the functioning part that has me crippled here. I mean, if that wasn't a requirement of my relationship with my kids, The Good Dr, professors, etc, then I could so totally do this...
And if you remove the run, have me sleep in till 5:15, so that I could work out in the evening.... well, I’m usually so freakishly tired at the end of the day that I’m barely functioning enough to collect my kids from the sitter, get them home, feed them, get their homework done, get my homework done, and get the (Laundry, Dishes, House picked Up) that training isn't on the menu by that point.
Today I came home from a 10 hour on my feet work day and got on the trainer for exactly 20 minutes. I told myself that 20 minutes was better than nothing, but I gotta be honest, not sure where that 20 minutes is going to get me when I'm on a 3 hour bike ride in June, or a 13.1 mile run in mid-March...
So, I need to know:
How do you do it?
What is the trick that I’m missing? What lie have I told myself about training that is preventing me from seeing the answer? What do YOU know that I haven’t figured out yet?
I don’t want to be a slug. I’m registered for two pretty solid races in 2014. One in March and one in June. Both are important to me, albeit, the June race is more important than the March race so if a sacrifice was going to happen it’s there... still... I don’t want to sacrifice, I just want a solution to get me moving in the right direction.