This past week was a week that I hadn’t been looking forward to for quite some time – my return to work from maternity leave. I’m happy to report that I survived my first week back. I only had four days with students, as last Monday was a teacher workday. While it wasn’t fun to spend my first morning back at work in professional development meetings, it was nice to have the afternoon to work in my classroom and prepare to see my students starting Tuesday morning.
My biggest challenge this past week was a challenge that I fully expected: trying to balance the demands at work as a teacher with my demands at home as a mom and a wife while also still finding time to work out. I’m sure it’ll take a couple of weeks to find a new norm and a routine that works well for us, especially since we currently have my mom here helping us, which also means that little man hasn’t started daycare yet. The addition of daycare to our schedule will add yet another layer of complexity to our routine.
One of the highlights from this past week was that my birthday was on Wednesday. I received two pretty awesome presents that day. Little man slept through the night for the first time Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and when my alarm went off Wednesday morning I was in a daze and quite confused as to how I’d slept for as long as I had. That was the only day that little man has slept through the night, but it was an absolutely wonderful present to receive from him. My other present on Wednesday was my mom’s arrival, and she, Preston, little man, and I enjoyed a birthday dinner out at a local Mexican restaurant. I can’t remember the last time that I got to spend my birthday with my mom. I’m guessing the last time was back when I was in high school.
After having to skip my long run last weekend due to a bad headache, it was nice to finally get my six mile run in on Saturday. The weather Saturday morning was less than desirable – cold, windy, and rainy – so I opted to wait until Saturday evening to head out for my run. And I’m so glad that I waited, because other than the wind, Saturday evening was absolutely picture perfect for running.
I’m sure this coming week will be just as challenging, if not more challenging, when it comes to making time for everything on my plate. I’m definitely up for the challenge, and hope to have as successful of a week as this past week was.
Mon 3/28 – 1.42 mile walk
Tues 3/29 – 3.15 mile run, 0.36 mile cool down walk
Wed 3/30 – Rest day
Thurs 3/31 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.47 mile cool down walk
Fri 4/1 – 15 minutes on the elliptical, 40 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Sat 4/2 – 6.00 mile run, 0.73 mile cool down walk
Sun 4/3 – Rest day
Total Weekly Mileage – 16.39 miles (1.99 miles more than week 8)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 143.60 miles
QOTD: What is your biggest challenge when it comes to fitting everything into your weekly schedule?