So last week was a disaster as far as fitting in training around the kids, school, swimming, soccer, life.....etc.
I have been struggling to find the routine that suits me and the kids best since taking up running again 16 months ago. I find that evening sessions are very hard as I either have to put the kids down or rush out the door and leave it to my husband the second he's home from work which isn't ideal. I am also cream crackered by 7pm and the last thing I want to do is head to the track to put in some mile reps!
I also like to go to the Y each day as it provides me the routine I love and I'll be honest, I enjoy to get a break from the kids and the creche and women who work in it are wonderful! But I don't like being longer than an hour and I rush the core work at the end of my run or miss it completely if I feel I've taken too long.
Since upping to 2 track sessions a week (Mon/Wed), which I do of an evening, I missed my morning Y session so added 2 extra easy 6 miles + core sessions on Mon/Wed morning, just to keep the routine I mentioned above.
My coach is happy for me to add miles and takes all my concerns on board in designing each weeks sessions.
I think I have finally worked out the best solution to all my training problems! I need to get my running done by 6am. Easy, except my husband has the early morning slot to exercise :( But after pleading my case he has agreed that I can go early and he will work around me. He will still make 3 spin classes a week before work and can make up the 2 he'll now miss at the weekend or of an evening. So it's taken me 16 months but I am now happy that I will get all my 'serious' sessions done by 6am, except for 1 track session which will still be Mon evening but only for the summer. I will still hit the Y every day around 8:45am to do some easy miles and some more structured strength training. I have been doing some core work but ignoring my arms completely, so I can now address this and not be worried about the kids being in the creche for too long.
I feel happy that I won't miss any training this way, if I miss a Y session it's no big deal, they are just added extras after all.
On another note, I have started to actually use the roller I bought a couple of months ago, I use it every day and LOVE it. I think it helps with recovery and hurts so good! I also put some ice in a cold bath and hop in after my long Saturday run, something I start to look forward to around mile 9, Houston is getting hot and sticky, here comes summer :s
So 4am to rise every day, AND I'll get to run outside instead of on the treadmill all the time. Let's see how this goes.....