When I first started running and blogging, they were both just hobbies. I was running to try and recapture some sort of fitness level after my car accident and blogging to help myself stay accountable. We had no kids, I was working full time and life was very different than it is now.
In the past 8 years, we’ve added two little people to our family, I’ve quit working and now stay home with the boys full time and both my running and my blog have become so much more than just hobbies. My original hope of running a single half marathon has turned into 8 years filled with 25+ halves, 5 full marathons and 4 ultra marathons. My blog isn’t my primary source of income but I do treat it like a little job because the relationships and community that have come from it mean so much.
Today I’m linking up with Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy to share posts about how we fit it all in – family, husbands, running, blogging, life. I don’t know that I hold any secrets to a well-run life but am hoping I can pick up a few tricks from some of the other bloggers. Here goes…
7:00 AM – Alarm goes off
I admit it, I’m a snoozer. I like to get up around 7:15 so I purposely set the alarm 15 minutes early. I don’t necessarily go back to sleep in that 15 minutes but I do grab my phone right away and do a quick check of emails and messages.
7:30 AM – Kids get up
More accurately, I throw on my housecoat, roll out of bed and attempt to rouse the kids. My oldest wakes up super easy and happily dresses himself, my youngest, not so much. After a bit of poking, prodding, tickling and snuggling his eyes finally pop open and he drowsily, and mostly reluctantly, gets dressed before heading downstairs.
8:00 AM – I get ready
We have a new rule in our house that the boys must get dressed, have breakfast and brush their teeth before having playtime of any sort. I usually head back upstairs while they finish their breakfast to start getting ready myself. I’m pretty quick in the morning and since I’m usually heading off to workout or run anyways, I don’t spend a whole lot of time on hair or makeup most days.
8:30 AM – Out the door
My sons currently attend two different schools so we head off to drop my oldest at Kindergarten before heading over to the preschool to drop my youngest off. My youngest son started off in 3-day preschool but begged to go every day so I’m very lucky to have time to myself during the day, and one year earlier than I expected it!
9:15 AM – Me-Time begins, usually with a workout
Three days a week I start my day off with a run and depending on what’s on the schedule that could mean running right from the school (long, slow runs), to nearby trails (short and mid-distance runs) or to the track (for speed workouts). Currently I’m on the injured list so at least 3-4 mornings I’m hitting the gym to workout instead. Either way, I like to get it out of the way first thing after I drop the boys off and I am very happy to report that I’m working the runs back into my schedule again.
11:00 AM – Appointments/Errands/Blogging
With the extra time I have now that boys are both at school, I’ve committed to taking better care of myself again. Before we had kids, I used to attend physio, chiro and massage therapy regularly and it really helped keep me tuned up and in good standing. Since the boys came along, those things fell by the wayside so I’m trying to make them a priority again.
I usually have appointments scheduled in for after I workout but also use this part of the day for errands or things around the house. I also try to fit in lunch somewhere around noon, whether it be at home or on the run.
If my day allows, I also try to schedule in some dedicated computer time midday for emails, working on blog posts catching up on IG, Twitter, FB and everything that goes along with it. If I have any sponsored work on the go, I am rigid about setting aside the time and could be at home making and photographing a recipe or sitting in a coffee shop doing the writing (I find I focus better sometimes out of the house, with less distractions). I am also currently doing social media work for The Golden Ultra and so I do as much of that work during this time as I can.
1:30 PM – School pickup begins
Preschool doesn’t actually end until 2:00 pm but I find that I usually have to wrap up whatever I’m doing around 1:30 to head for the school. I grab my youngest son and we head straight over to the elementary school to pick up the other one, usually with enough time to play at the playground until the bell rings.
3:00 PM – Wind down and catch up
The afternoon is such a busy time I find. The kids are usually hungry and tired but wound up all at the same time. We usually have a snack right after getting home and they unwind for a bit while I try and get a few more things done on the computer. That’s the beauty of social media, aside from reading and blogging, even just a few minutes here and there can be enough to catch up and post a few things on other channels.
4:00 PM – Kids activities
I try to schedule the kids’ swimming lessons, skating lessons, hip-hop classes (yes, boys like to dance too!) or whatever else we are doing around 4:00. That way we can get out of the house during that afternoon slump and yet still be home in time for dinner.
Speaking of dinner, t’s a little different every day but I usually try to get as much prepped as I can whenever I find myself home during the day so sometimes that’s in the morning after I workout or while the kids are winding down after school. I also like to make sure that I get the kids’ lunches made while I’m doing dinner and prep my smoothie for the next day’s breakfast too…
5:30 PM – Dinner
Every night is a little different but dinner usually falls somewhere around here. After activities, I finish throwing dinner together and depending on my husband’s schedule I might go ahead and feed the kids on their own. We try to eat all together whenever we can but I’m a bedtime Nazi so I feed them early if he’s going to be home on the late side.
7:00 PM – Bedtime (yahoo! just kidding, sort of)
After dinner, the kids go straight up for bath time. Well, they actually take showers now which is rad because they can do it mostly all themselves. I get to sit by and chat with them while they wash and then help get jammies on straight and teeth brushed. When I’m on duty, bedtime is at 7:00 PM sharp but when Hubby’s doing it, they usually migrate to bed a bit later.
Whichever of us isn’t doing bedtime, usually heads downstairs and cleans up the dishes.
8:00 PM – The night shift begins
Once the kids are all squared away, I get my second stretch of more productive time. This is when I clean up the odds and ends from my day like laundry that didn’t get finished and other random things that need doing around the house. If I didn’t get the chance to workout or run in the morning, I will try to do it now which is nice because Hubby usually works out around the same time so we can chat while we’re at it.
10:00 PM – Blogging
Okay, let’s face it, a lot of my blog posts get written late the night before. When everything from the day is all taken care of, I’m more relaxed and find it easier to think through my ideas and get it all down. I usually spend another hour or more writing and scheduling my post, scheduling tweets and also reading others’ blogs from the day. I like to try and schedule a few shares for the morning on Twitter and Facebook so I try to do that too.
11:00 PM – Exercises and winding down
The last thing I usually do each day is getting ready for bed and doing all of my physio exercises. Between my bad back, sore foot, sore shoulder, weak core, weak glutes, problem hip flexors and pretty much everything else that hurts, I’ve got a nice little routine of stretches, rolling and exercises I do before bed.
??? – Lights out
I’ve alluded many times to what a night owl I am and I have to be honest and admit that my actual bedtime varies. I’m trying very hard to shut the lights off by 11:30 and fall asleep but we all know I’d be lying if I said that happened every night. Let’s just say that I’m a work in progress on that front but I am aware that better sleep would benefit me greatly both on a mental and physical level.
So that’s my typical day in a very lengthy nutshell. Check out what other bloggers are sharing for this ‘Day in the Life’ linkup by linking to their posts below or view Katie’s original post here!