My kids are back to school after the longest spring break ever. Twelve days. I love my kids, but … 12 days.
Life as I had gotten used to it with both in school was put on hold, and my routine was shattered. I didn’t work out as often or as hard as I had gotten used to … and maybe I was doing myself a favor in a way.
The body needs rest. I don’t often give it what it needs in this arena. I try, but I try by exhausting myself and thinking I will get a good night’s sleep. Often I get the opposite effect. Insomnia. And I can’t do what I want to do on 5 hours of sleep.
Having the kids home meant less “me” time. And while I was equally exhausted parenting two kids all day, I actually slept a little better since I gave my body a break from the pounding. Of course for me that means “sleeping in” until 4:30 a.m. instead of waking up at 3 or 3:30 a.m.
But their break is over, and I’m back to my training now. I’ve got a lot on my plate, and I need to be able to balance my energy expenditure with my eating to be able to do everything I need to do.
Two half marathons are up next within the coming three weeks, then I can relax just a tiny bit on running before marathon training starts. If I didn’t need sleep before, I’ll need it during that training more than ever. I plan to crush the time from my first marathon.