Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Balancing Act

To steal a phrase from Alissa, I feel like things are quite the balancing act lately and it could all topple at any moment if I let one side or the other get to be too much.

This morning is a prime example of the give and take of my life. I got up early, but not too early (6 a.m.) for a nice leisurely run before the kids get up. I took my time getting dressed, stretching a bit and drinking some water. Around 6:30, I kissed my hubby and said, "see you in a bit, I'm going for a run." He replied, "I am leaving at 7 for an early meeting this morning." Whoosh....wind out of my sails. That's cutting it too close for a 3 mile run. He is still on crutches from his surgery so he needs help making his lunch (which has always been something I have done for him anyway) and getting everything (laptop etc.) packed up and out to the car. I didn't see how I could run for 30 minutes and also get everything done.

I suppose I could have run two miles. The loop I run in my neighborhood doesn't really give me a good two-mile option. Maybe I was looking for a good excuse to skip it. Hmmm.... I will try to run later. It looks like it might be a hot one today and running during the day would mean pushing a stroller. Waiting until this evening looks like the best bet.

So for those of you who run at night, do you skip dinner and eat after your run? Do you eat a light dinner and run afterwards? This has always been a sticking point for me in terms of working out at night. When I used to workout after work, I ended up eating dinner at 9 p.m. or not at all. I really want to get my run in, so I am going to give it a try either way.


Alissa said...

Its okay to skip the morning run. Don't feel bad, at least you got out of bed and were ready to do it! Dusk is one of my favorite times of day to run outside. I know the dinner dilema all too well. Usually I eat a light lunch at noon, followed by a cliff bar at 3pm and then another cliff or power bar when I leave work around 5:30. When I get home, the run starts btwn 6:30 and 7. Then after the run I may or may not have a light dinner, but always I will have a cup or two of light vanilla ice cream before bed. What can I say? It's soothing :)

Anonymous said...

I ran last Tuesday with a friend at 7:00 pm and I ate a LunaBar and banana around 5:00, and then had a smoothie after the run, about 8:15. It seemed to work fine for me and I plan on doing that again for tonight's run!

Plus I just tell my husband it is "fend for himself" night. Of course, I don't have kids to worry about in that regard either!

tifferbob said...

I usually run at night. I eat a snack around 5:30ish and then a light dinner when I get back from the run.

Anonymous said...

I usually end up eating after I run and then shower, so usually after 8. Of course, I don't have little ones to take care of at home and Bill has learned to fend for himself. I do tend to snack a lot during the day and usually the hour before I run, I try to eat a clif bar, and then of oourse have some gu, and a lot of water. I usually don't get to start running until 6:30 or 7 by the time I leave work and then drive to wherever I'm going to run.


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