If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my stories featuring my super early morning runs. I won’t lie, this was not easy in the beginning. In fact, I dreaded it. But after years of doing it I actually kind of like it. I love breaking a sweat first thing in the morning and getting my workout in before anyone else in my family is awake.
Thankfully I don’t have to do this every morning or else I’d probably burn out. A few days a week I run at a normal hour of the day (either 7am, lunch time or Tuesday nights with my track club) and it helps me from feeling burned out. I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I find time to work out when I have kids. I’ve written about it here and here. If you have young kids and you’re looking to get into a fitness routine, my advice is to set up a plan and make sure your spouse is on board because you’ll need them not only as a cheerleader, but also as the one who will take care of the kids! And be kind to yourself — you can’t expect to get in great shape and feel really good right away. Take me for example, our entire family just got over the stomach flu and I haven’t run since Thursday. So today we ventured out and played at the local high school. I consider this a workout since we made up obstacle courses, sprinted around and I did burpees randomly in between chasing my daughter. You can see a video or our shenanigans here!
On a final note, I love that my kids see me do something I love other than being their mom. I think it’s so healthy for my daughter to see that a girl can be strong and healthy and fast. And I hope that one day I can join in on whatever sport they choose!
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