Monday, August 22, 2011

Running on little sleep.

My girlies chatting about girl stuff.
So here is a topic all mom's will be familiar with but also students and busy professionals too. With a toddler in the house, mornings come early, like usually between 7 and 8am. With a baby in the house, bedtime comes really late, as in typically 10pm to 1am, and honestly when the 10pm happens you try to get something else from the mommy list done before you go to bed too. So if you average sleeping from 11:30 to 7am and you are getting up once or twice or three times for about 30-45 minutes in between it makes for a really long night, and once you have a few weeks of this, that makes for some very, very, long days. And I have to keep reminding myself that we are actually part of the lucky few. My babies seem to enjoy sleeping at night. Daytime, well that's another story but my 9 week old has already slept for 8 hours twice, 7 hours about five time and at least twice a week does a 5-6 hour stretch, so honestly I am not allowed to complain since my friends 9 month old still won't sleep more than 5 hours at a time. But, what I find amazing or better yet fascinating is those moms who manage to get a run in at 5am. I have a hard enough time functioning and getting my kids ready by 9am to hit the grocery store, and yet these mom's are up and out while I drag my sorry butt back to bed to try and sleep a little more before the that awkward 6am feeding or the toddler decides to perk up at 7 instead of 8 today.

I find for me, when I am feeling as if my sleep is not enough (as it is now, which you can see by how horrible that last sentence was and yet I feel no need to change it - bad English major) I need to wait until the afternoon or even evening to run because I am worried about injuring myself in the morning especially while I'm still groggy. I can see myself trying to run on the treadmill, misplacing my footing and falling face first onto the belt and being propelled off the machine and into the open area of my basement. Yes, that would be very graceful and classy. I'm such a lady.

Katrina in her Bumbo for the first time.
I find that running at night is more possible for me than the morning. I know a lot of moms will think I'm crazy because at the end of the day you are so tired from doing all you have to but I have my husband at home and I know he'll take care of my babies. He's here in the mornings too but I find because of being awake at night so much my abilities in the morning are not what they used to be. One funny thing is that my hubby isn't a morning person and yet he manages to get his butt out of the bed and goes to the gym around 8am, three days a week. And sadly I am the morning person, who wants to hide in bed and can't find the energy to get up in the morning.

I know that as long as I can keep my kids napping in the afternoon I can run then, and when the big race days come, I can manage to get up to run. Part of the thing is that for a real race you're up so early that you wake up long before you hit the start line.
My little helper.

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