On October 7th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause. Thanks!
Although I’m now in taper mode for Chicago that does not mean that I all of a sudden have extra free time. In fact, tapering couldn’t have started at a better time given that the school year is now well underway, which means that I always have work that needs to be done for school. In addition, life at home is busier than ever. If anything, being in taper mode is just making it easier to balance everything, although sometimes prioritizing my family means that working out has to take a backseat.
Monday, September 17th
Despite my desire to work out there simply was not any time. After school I had a chiropractor appointment, as well as errands that needed to be run. After getting little man to bed I also had some work that needed to get done for school. Some days despite the best intentions working out simply cannot be at the top of the priority list.
Tuesday, September 18th
Tuesday was the complete opposite of Monday when it came to working out. I was able to take full advantage of the early fall weather and get in a 4.75 mile solo run before walking to and from daycare to pick up little man. I cannot remember the last time that I logged over 7 miles on a weekday.
Wednesday, September 19th
After school I immediately headed to the gym with the hopes of getting in a solid workout. As I got off of the elliptical my husband informed me that he was stuck in really bad traffic due to multiple car accidents and likely wouldn’t make it to daycare in time to pick up little man. After only 15 minutes of weight training I had to cut my workout short in order to get to daycare myself. Mommy duties are always a much higher priority than working out is.
Thursday, September 20th
Between another solo run followed by a walking commute to daycare I was very excited to be able to log another 7 miles, especially after having my workout cut short the day before.
Friday, September 21st
My planned rest day the day before my long run allowed me to be able to run a handful of errands after work. Active rest day for the win.
Saturday, September 22nd
Last week’s long run was one of those runs that you hope to have every week. I felt incredibly strong throughout my entire run, and I really hope that how I felt during the run is an indication of how Chicago will go in just under two weeks. Fingers crossed!
Sunday, September 23rd
Despite wanting to get to the gym for a good workout, especially since I barely had any time for weight training last week, running errands and spending time as a family won out. Like I mentioned earlier, often times working out is not the top priority when you have a young child.
Total Weekly Mileage – 30.49 miles (5.32 miles less than week 15)
Total Chicago Mileage – 431.07 miles
QOTD: How do you balance your fitness and family priorities?