The Only Thing This Runner Wants for Christmas

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Time. I would give quite a lot for some time. I might even quit drinking Diet Coke if someone offered me an extra hour in the day…maybe.

Seriously though, I don’t need a bunch of fancy gadgets for Christmas this year. The only thing I need is a 25-hour day. Then I might possibly be able to find more time to run. Of course, I’d probably fill that hour with watching horrible reality shows—Real Housewives of wherever—and eating chocolate. I would have good intentions for that hour, though 🙂

Since it’s not possible to add an hour to the day, I’ve been thinking about how I can find more of this magical thing called time. My list of ways to carve out some of the most precious commodity known to man—and woman—include:

  • Lay off the social media—no brainer
  • Stop watching pointless television
  • Childcare swap—watch a friend’s kid so they can do something, they watch my kid so I can do something. Everyone is happy.
  • Get up earlier—this goes hand-in-hand with not watching pointless TV. I need to turn the boob tube off and go to bed.
  • Pick out outfits for the week on Sundays. Lay them out. No more outfit drama in the mornings.
  • Teach my toddler how to clean bathrooms—wishful thinking

I could probably add like 50 more things to this list, but these are the easiest to implement right now. I’m definitely doing a babysitting swap this weekend. I’m also setting a social media time limit of 30-minutes per day. I’m sorry to anyone whose posts I miss. I love the pictures of your kids/animals/friends and I would spend all day looking at them if I could, but I need to be more productive, darn it.

If you’re looking for something to give a runner in your life, give them some time. Offer to watch their kids so they can squeeze in a run. Bring ‘em a casserole or some takeout on a night they have to work late. Giving someone the gift of an extra hour doesn’t cost you much and can really make your loved one’s day.

In other news, I ran 31 miles last week and have run 19 miles this week, including one speed session and one hill session. Not too bad. Today’s run was an easy 6 this morning, and then I’m going to strength train tonight after the kiddo hits the hay. I haven’t done a very good job so far of sticking to my strength train 2-3 times per week plan. I’ve managed one full body session per week consistently, and the occasional second day. I’m not perfect, I meet some goals and I fail at others, but I keep on trying!

Life has been busy and fun lately. We’re taking the little dude to see Santa on Sunday. Fingers crossed that Max doesn’t freak out 🙂 Little man is cutting multiple molars right now and has been waking up in the middle of the night quite a lot lately. I’m hoping he gets some relief once they’ve all broken through. Poor little guy. I secretly love that he’s been extra snuggly lately, though.

Anyway, I’m off to eat candy and watch Reality TV—I mean plan my outfits for the week, diligently avoid Instagram and do some strength training 😉

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4 thoughts on “The Only Thing This Runner Wants for Christmas

  1. I give you mega props for finding the time and energy to do it all! 31 for the week is awesome. Go you!

    I hear you about wasting time in the evenings. But, we all do need some downtime, so I try to remember that too!

    1. Thank you! I’m trying. There’s a lot of stuff I’m not getting done, though! Mainly house cleaning, cooking and showering. Haha.

      That’s so true that we all need downtime! I definitely need to quit beating myself up over taking some time to watch TV and relax 🙂

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