Wake up early...Like I said above, this doesn't always work perfectly! The girls have recently decided now that I am on vacation that they are going to wake up at 5:30. I had given myself the pass yesterday and today to sleep until 5 but it is looking like I need to go back to my 4am wake-ups! Lets be honest...waking up early sucks at first but once you get used to it you're good. I like to get my runs/workouts in early before anyone wakes up since you never know what gems are going to come your way! I can face it a lot better after a workout!
Babysitter...I know it sounds crazy but hire someone to come watch the kids while you go run. It would really be just an hour, or two depending if you also want to shower (details!). This way you don't have to feel bad asking the grandparents/friends/neighbors for the 5th straight time. You can go and do what you need to do! I have changed my schedule this past week so that I can utilize the kid room at my gym. For an hour they are just a few feet away playing.
Bob it up...One of the best ways for me to get in a run these days is if I bring my lovies along with me! Now yes it takes planning (working around naps, bringing enough snacks and entertainment) but it is one heck of a workout pushing them and they can be outside in the fresh air. I started with a Bob single jogger that I had to put on at least 80 miles a month! Now we are sporting the Dualie and are already racking up the miles! I have a 3 mile loop close to our house so if Em needs the potty we aren't too far! If your kids are older, have them grab a bike and go!
Break it up...This weekend I have 12 miles on tap but I know I won't have someone to watch the ladies for the full 2 hours. My plan is to break up the mileage between pushing them and running on the mill...just writing that makes me tired but you have to do what you have to do! Breaking up the run is not ideal but occasionally it can work!
Be creative in your planning. It can be a great time to teach your children the importance of being active not just for your physical health but your mental health as well. Sarah and Dimity hit it on the head with their new AMR shirt...
What works for you? How do you manage all you need to do AND get in time for you?