February 26, 2010

Trying to fit it in

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! :)    
  

8 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Aimee,
Woo hoo!! Way to get the treadmill run in!! It is so funny that you would mention Diego because my four year old loves that show!! I have personally seen every flipping show possible and honestly, I am a suffering from a little Diego burnout:) I try so hard to get him to watch something else! I am glad that you found a way to get your run in. I hope your little one gets better and you have a great weekend Aimee!!

trifitmom said...

nothing wrong with a little tv time !! good job

Chandra said...

Dude, my boys are glued to the tv when wonder pets are on, especially liam! GUILTY!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

TV is the ONLY way I can do the trainer or dreadmill

Tracey Kite said...

I don't let my little one watch much TV, but last weekend when I had to do 10 on the mill it was Mickey Mouse or no run for mom. Sometimes we got to do what we got to do to get it all done, and you are right a little TV won’t hurt!

Anne Marie said...

i love that you actually have your own treadmill! that's sweet! but i guess maybe more of a necessity when you live in the super cold eh?;-)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! We're better mothers when we get our run in... so if it means a bit of tv time, then go for it :) Have a great weekend!!

misszippy said...

Sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do! I think you made a good decision. And as to skipping the gym b/c the little guy had GI distress...I'm sure plenty of parents are thanking you!