Yesterday I was scheduled to run an easy 3 miles. If it was spring (please come soon!) I would have loaded my boys into the jogger, ran around Wash park, and then let them play to their hearts delight. But, we all know that it isn't spring yet, so I opted to run on the treadmill at home. Some days I take my boys to the gym because they have a kids club there where they can play. But, my youngest had the stomach flu this past weekend and has had a bad case of diarrhea (gross!) this whole week so dropping them off at kids club just wasn't an option. I didn't want to chance getting other kids sick, but I also didn't want to chance my son having an "accident" all down his pants, if you know what I mean. So, the treadmill it was.
Now I know that the best time to run on the treadmill is while my little ones are sleeping. But, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Maybe it's because I had laundry to put away, or dishes to do, or things to organize, or blogs to read (ha ha). If the run doesn't happen during nap I usually have two options to try to fit my run into my crazy day: A) Try to run sometime before it's time to start dinner or B) Run after we put the boys to sleep.
Option B happens more often than not, but on some days I know that if I don't get the run done before dinner, it's just not going to happen. Now, for the parents out there, you know that it's tough to workout while your kiddos are running around at the same time. For me, it's because usually there's some sort of fight about someone not sharing some toy. Or, there's the tattle telling and the whining. Or, there's the throwing of the toy that ends up hitting the other on the head which inevitably leads to tears and time-outs and snuggles.
Yesterday however, I figured out how to get it done. I put on one of the kiddos favorite shows, got them all settled with water and a snack, and started my run. Yes, I had to watch episodes of Wonder Pets and Diego, but my boys were content and it gave me just enough time to get in my short run. Now, I don't let my kids watch too much t.v., but I'm all for doing what you have to do. Plus, an episode of Diego isn't going to hurt them. If anything, they might actually pick up some Spanish!
I hope you all have a great weekend! :)