Playing catch up

I’ve seriously fallen behind in life since Willie has been sick. Last week I split my time between the hospital, work and home.  I was totally out of my routine.  I didn’t get to work out that much and I was seriously tired.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get some sleep.  I know a lot of it was stress induced, but I was really really tired.  Good thing Willie’s hospital visit occurred the week after the marathon because I probably needed to rest days.

The one thing I learned is the hospital doesn’t really serve healthy food!  They were slinging fried food and other lots of other heavy things.  Yes, they had things like salads and yogurt and sometimes some fresh fruit, but for the most part it wasn’t anything I was use to eating.  Yep, I toted around my own food when I could.  It was probably the best thing. I think we should address the unhealthy food being served at hospitals though. I haven’t felt like myself because I haven’t been able to eat what I really wanted.  I longed for some home cooked meals.

Thankfully Willie is home now and he’s doing much better.  He should only be out of commission for two weeks.  He’s up and moving around now!  Thank you to everyone who contacted me about his health.  I really appreciate it.  Now I’m just hoping to get back to normal and hopefully Willie can get back to normal too!

I was able to run on Thursday morning because I couldn’t sleep.  I don’t know why, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me. So I woke up at 4:30 am and hit the road.  It was my first run since the marathon and it went surprisingly well!  It wasn’t a fast run but it was comfortable.  I had no complaints.

On Saturday, I was able to go hit the gym and I went to cycle.  It was good to be back in the saddle.  I’ve missed it!  It was packed in the class, but I really needed to butt kicking.  I’ve said it over and over that I’ve been tired.  I really think I’ve been tired because I haven’t been exercising the way I am use to.  I didn’t struggle with the workout but I needed someone to push me through the workout.  I chose to spin instead of embarking on a long run because I knew I wouldn’t finish it.  Later that evening, I went on a run.

Slow and steady #run today. Still trying to decide if I'll run long tomorrow. #rnrnola #marathon next week! #teamrefuel #marathontraining #sweatpink #iambft #brooksrunning #runhappy
This run went fantastic even though I wasn’t thrilled about it. But once I got in the groove things got better. I ended the run because it was starting to get dark and I didn’t want to have to pull out all the lights and so but I could have kept going. This run was fast (for me) but it really helped!

Being away made it really hard to get back into the swing of things. Working out is a stress reliever for me and this was a time when I needed it most but I just couldn’t work it in as much as I would like. I spent hours and hours just waiting on the doctors to come in and tell us somethings. I wish I could have just sneaked out for a 45 min workout sometimes, but I didn’t want to leave Willie alone. I’m telling you this because I do know what a struggle it is to squeeze a workout in but last week was the hardest time I’ve had since we started this journey.

My biggest advice to people who struggle with getting a workout in due to time is: plan it out! I did a horrible job at time management over the past week and in hindsight I see I wasted some time. If you plan to go workout 3 times a week at a certain time, you always know that’s your time to go. And if something comes up where you can workout, try to fit it in the schedule where you can. Sometimes that does mean waking up earlier or working out later than expected BUT if it’s important to you then you’ll make it happen. And I promise you’ll feel better when you’re done!

The blog has also suffered due to my time away, but I promise to get things rolling again.  The blog was the last thing on my mind during this time and I kind of let it go.  I do apologize for that too.  I just didn’t have any posts in the “bank” because I wasn’t prepared.

Lastly, I want to express my apology to the JOURNEY group! We were scheduled to give a talk about our weight loss and journey but Willie feel ill and we were unable to go. This was a tough decision to make considering it had been on the schedule for so long. My deepest apologizes for having to cancel this talk but we do hope to reschedule. I just wanted y’all to know it was just important to us and it was to you guys.

What do you do when time gets in the way of your workout? Do you squeeze it in or just forget it?  How many rest days do you take a week?