Friday, September 23, 2011

Stuck between a run and a snotty face

I don't feel like this lady... everyday.  I chose to have kids and be a stay at home mom.  Overall, I am  really happy with that.  Do I feel a pang of jealously when my childless friends jet off to exotic locations or embark on a solo Costco trip?   Yes.  Do I envy their ability to go to the bathroom alone, sleep in on the weekends, and not take out a second mortgage to pay the babysitter?  Yeah, sometimes.  Occasionally I do long for the days when I didn't know what Yo Gabba Gabba was, but on the whole, being a mom is a pretty cool job.

Well, even the best jobs have their pit falls.  I love my kids but some days I do feel trapped with no means of escape because I am trapped with no means of escape!  Your child can be cutest, most well behaved, delightful creature on earth, but if their nose is running, forget it!  Nobody is going to come with in 20 feet of that thing.  You are stuck with that kid.  Preschool?  No ma'am!  Gym daycare?  Don't bother trying.  You have on your hands the most dreaded creature in the professional childcare world: a contagious kid.  A snotty nose child is literally a face only a mother can love.

This is particularly a bummer to a mom who is try to fit in training.  Unfortunately with sick kids working out is the first thing to go for me.  And we are just at the beginning of cold and flu season!  This first round of illness has made me realize I have a big flaw in my workout routine.  I have no back up at home.  If I can't leave the house, it doesn't happen.

Not only does this throw off my training, but I'm not that nice when I don't work out.  I am more stressed and snappy.  I've been known to throw a tantrum or two.  No one wants to be around that.
This is my other cure for stress.  Just slightly more unhealthy.
I totally hate excuses, and guess what, the kids being sick is an excuse.  A legitimate one, but an excuse none the less.  So I am on the look out for any great, at home workouts.  I would love any and all suggestions because cold and flu season is loooooong with a 2 and 4 year old.

Am I the only one who has a hard time working out when the kids are sick?  Any suggestions on how to balance it all? 


  1. Sorry, I'm one of those "childless friends jet off to exotic locations or embark on a solo Costco trip" but I do empathize!

    Good luck with creating that backup plan :)

  2. I can totally relate. I am a SAHM of three boys aged 11, 9 and 5 and a few years ago I joined a gym but was never getting there b/c somebody was always sick or something was getting in my way, like a bookfair at school, holiday concert etc..... So I got tired of never getting to the gym and decided to go to the gym at 5am every morning. It was honestly the best thing I ever did. That being said I am a total morning person, so this worked for me. My youngest is now in kindergarten so I still run or go the gym early am but only a couple days a week and the other times I run when they are in school. Here's to hoping the kids stay healthy so you can get your workout in. Jill

  3. I don't stay at home, but I'm also challenged w/ balancing it all. I work, have an hour commute, and try to fit in training as well. Its hard. And as much as I can plan, sometimes "life" just happens.

    If you can, come up w a go to plan for if/when the kids get sick. A family member, friend, etc to come over for just 40 minutes so you can get in a run. Any time is better than no time. Even find a reliable sitter that can be your "go to" in a pinch. Might cost you a couple bucks, but help you retain your sanity..

    Let me know if I can help.


  4. You are going to constantly would like to give muscles at the very least 48 hrs to recover ahead of education them once more. One solution should be to execute core workout routines to the days concerning your common routines.

  5. I am childless but can totally empathize! My single friends jet across the world and I stay home being a LAME-O with my hubby. The grass always seems greener to everyone I'm sure. I love these sayings. I see them on magnets and they crack me up!

  6. "Do I feel a pang of jealously when my childless friends jet off to exotic locations or embark on a solo Costco trip? Yes"

    I could easily exchange "childless friends" with "non-endurance athletes" very, very easily and I feel the same as you. Though, I goto costco so I dont have to shop for a couple of weeks.