Hello again! It’s been a while since we wrote a blog post and we apologize. It’s the classic case of incredibly busy end of school year for the kiddos leading into the busy summer before we had time to breathe. Now, finally there is time to sit down, have some quiet time and get in to the rhythm of summer. And although our posts won’t be as frequent as during the ‘school year’ we will check in periodically and share our words of wisdom about begin active over the summer–whether we’re training, racing, exercising, or simply surviving!
Life seems to get busier and busier. I feel as though I’m running around now more than ever before. When my children were little I was so busy trying to get my workouts in between feeding, napping, and playing. Then there was a happy lull when they first entered school and I felt like a new person with so much time on my hands! I would drop the kids off at school, get a workout in, go to work, and still have time in the day to get other stuff done. Now I’m in a new stage of life. My sweet spot of minimal activity is over. Now I find myself racing from activity to activity struggling to fit everything in while my children are in school –not to mention driving all around town after school. For the first time in a long long time, I sometimes have a hard time trying to fit in my workouts for the day. I get it done, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten to do something and if that ‘something’ was supposed to be for you I apologize.
Most people have one sport or activity that they absolutely love. For me, I think that it’s pretty obvious that my favorite sport is running. However, I’m fortunate enough to really really like several other activities as well. It’s probably pretty clear why I think I’m fortunate— with my stress fracture from running, I have been able to workout in other ways while letting my leg heal. Participating in another sport, called cross training, is also beneficial to develop muscles that support running, thereby decreasing the chance of injury. However, ‘cross training’ has many benefits as I learned from my own experiences and outlined on Runner’s World and ACE Fit websites.
As you know from my previous blog posts, I (Siobhan) got a stress fracture while training for my first 100mile race. This was a pretty devastating injury for me and only partly due to the fact that I would miss my goal race. I was pretty freaked out that I got a stress fracture. Plus treatment included crutches and NO exercise for at least 2 weeks…That part killed me…it was very tough mentally to be on the sidelines with no access to my normal stress relief mechanism. I knew I would survive that period, and I did, but it was still very challenging. And it’s not over yet….
This topic comes up every summer. The kids are out of school, your routine has vanished, so when can you workout? How can you stay fit when you are vacationing, bbqing, staying up later, and providing your kids with entertainment? Here are 5 tricks to helping you get a workout in everyday:
Over the last month I have hit up several of the major chain fitness classes. I know I need to change things up if I want to see results, and have been curious about my options. Here’s my take on them:
Schools out for summer! No more routine for the kids, which often means a huge change in our schedules as well. Siobhan and I are struggling with the fact that our kids are in that “in-between” stage – too old to go to the kids club at the gym, and too young to be left home alone. So how do we get our workouts in this summer?