Like most people, I struggle on Mondays. I find them especially hard because I spend all weekend with The Cheese, and then I have to leave him on Mondays. I have some serious mommy separation anxiety. I thought this was supposed to get easier as he got older?
Anyway, I’ll try not to dwell on the fact that I’m missing my little guy something fierce today and focus on double fisting diet coke and coffee so I can get through the day!
Before I get to my weekend wrap-up, I just want to thank everyone for all your great comments and emails about the post I wrote about my running insecurities. It makes me so happy that others can relate and that I’m not the only one who feels or has felt this way. Thank you!
Anyway, this weekend was full of fun with little man. Saturday morning we hit up our favorite park, where he spent all of 10 minutes on the slides and then moved on to flower picking. He seriously spent more than an hour walking around the restroom building picking flowers. Once he gets going on an activity he loves, he will keep doing it over and over and over—kind of like his mommy and running? Haha
Since Friday night’s run was a late night one—7 miles at 10:30 PM—I waited until naptime for my run on Saturday. I did a progression run Friday night, starting at 8:00 minute mile pace—7.5 mph on the treadmill—and increasing a .2 per mile. Mile splits were warm-up 7.0. then 7.5, 7.7, 7.9. 8.1, 8.3, 8.5. After that run, I was pretty worn down on Saturday, so I ran 6 miles at about a 9 minute pace on the treadmill.
Sunday I slept in again—by sleeping in I mean got up at 7:15 with little man. Didn’t get to squeeze in an AM run.
We went to the Children’s Museum, one of our favorite places in the world, and had lots of fun (see photo dump below).
During naptime, I was able to run outside because my husband was home. Score! It was gorgeous out! I had to cut my planned 7-miler short so I could get home in time for the hubs to get to work, but I was able to squeeze in 5.5 miles in—wearing shorts and a tank no less. It was 70 degrees! Wooohoooo!
Fortunately, little man was down to go on a jogging stroller ride right before bedtime last night so I could get in a couple more miles and enjoy some more of the beautiful weather.
I’ve found nighttime runs help a lot with getting him to wind down. Bedtime is often a huge struggle as he gets really hyper near bed and is hard to pull away from playing to brush his teeth, put on pjs and read. When he’s in the stroller, he chatters for a while and then just chills and checks things out. He’s much more mellow when we’re done and more willing to do the bedtime routine. Therefore, I’m pumped about the nicer weather and the opportunity to get some evening miles in and help my wild little guy chill out. Less bedtime stress=happy toddler and happy mom.
This morning I hit snooze a few too many times, so I only had 20ish minutes to run. I went a little over time to get in 2.5 miles, but I’m so happy I did. It was a perfect spring morning, I got to watch the sun come up and it smelled like fresh cut grass. It reminded me how much I love to run outside, and how much I miss out when I have to do treadmill runs. More incentive to get up and run while both my boys are sleeping!
I’ll hopefully be able to squeeze in a few miles at lunch or possibly an evening jogging stroller run so that I can hit 6 or 7 miles for the day. Nothing like doing a double just to get 6 miles—#momlife
P.S- If you’re a pregnant runner or planning to get pregnant and a runner, check out the updated Bump On The Run post for tips 🙂
How was your weekend?
Do you struggle with separation anxiety with your kids (or pets or friends or spouse or whomever else you love to be with)?
Did you/are you running or working out today? Tell me about it!