One benefit of being self employed is that I can work around my running and Boot Camp classes. It wasn’t always this way. When I was, a-hem, gainfully employed and working for “the man” I clocked in at 6am (well, 6:15am).
At the stroke of 1:30, I’d bolt out of the office and either go to the gym or run a bunch of errands. I planned my running two nights a week and on Saturday mornings. I did weights or cross training on my own at the YMCA or in my living room before I went to pick up the kids from daycare.
When I started to work from home I discovered the joy of early workouts. I continued to get up at 4:45am so I could have some quiet time in the morning before going to Boot Camp or for an early morning run. The benefits of this new schedule was that I was done with my workout before the kids were up for school.
Sometimes, life just interrupts and I can’t get the workout in before the sun rises. When that happens I usually spend the first part of the day trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a run or a trip to the Y. When I realize I can’t possibly make it work (between school pickups, sports drop offs, dinner, homework, etc.) I’ll admit I’m irritated for a while. Then it passes. I write down “rest day” in my planner and enjoy time with the kids or watch some bad reality TV (True Beauty, anyone?).
So if your schedule is too busy to fit in Yoga, or your normal hike with the girls – take heart. This too shall pass. Enjoy your “rest day(s)” and when you get back to your routine you’ll be ready.
Now go run!