I think it is fair to say that Moms are a tired bunch. We are constantly on the go. Whether you are dealing with a newborn, a toddler, a tween, or a teenager, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. Personally, my day starts at 4:45AM when my alarm goes off, so I can get in a workout before anyone is awake. Most nights, I drift off to sleep after 11PM. At my last physical, my physician asked me how much sleep I get on a nightly basis, and until I stopped and actually counted, I had no idea I routinely get less than 6 hours a night! He smiled, and replied “it’s barely enough to keep you running.”
Well, at this point in my life, I will have to settle on “barely enough.” You know how “they” say 40 is the new 30?! Well…running on empty is my new rested. If sleep was my primary objective, I would skip the gym, sleep until 6:30AM, and in the evenings I would give up my reading/blogging/catching up with friends…and of course, Scandal, time. Some days I opt for sleep. However, the majority of days the extra carve-out of time at the beginning and end of my day actually helps me feel more refreshed!
This week was a particularly stressful week at work. It would have been easy to hit the snooze button, skip the workouts, and get some extra rest; I powered through, making it to the gym four straight mornings. After making it through the work week, my weekend was filled with soccer, softball games, birthday parties, and picnics. On Saturday evening, I celebrated one of my friends birthday’s, which put me in the position of battling through an early six-mile run, on Sunday morning, with a mild hangover, and not nearly enough sleep. Running on empty is my new rested! I felt great after wrapping up the six miles. And really, who wouldn’t want to party with these wonderful ladies?
In the afternoon, after finishing up the Sunday regulars (laundry, grocery shopping, packing for Monday morning, and more laundry) I decided to work on my Ragnar training, and got in three extra miles. I knew I would be fatigued, and I thought my legs would have little strength left in them. When my run was completed, I looked at my phone…somehow, running on empty, I managed a 7:46 mile…my fastest to date!
So is the point of all this to complain about how Moms never seem to get enough rest…NO! The point is two-fold:
#1- Do what you love. Make the time to set goals for yourself and achieve them.
#2- We are capable of doing so much more than we realize, even when we are running on empty.
Drawing on the infinite wisdom of my Nana, “You will have plenty of time to sleep when you are dead!”
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