I don’t know about you but I feel instagram has changed blogging for me. My life unfolds on Instagram. I obviously focus on the fitness side of life but the stories has have a great way to share glimpses into the rest of life. But on occasion, I have a reason to come back here and share more than is comfortable reading in an Instagram paragraph. Make sure you check out the other multisport mom also sharing a glimpse into their training and real life: OrganicRunnerMom and YouSignedUpForWhat
On one of my recent posts, someone asked me what a day in the life looks like. From start to finish. I’ve done those in the past (here and here) and I do like reading them because we’re all just trying to get it all done and sometimes you can learn a little bit about what works and what doesn’t and even if it helps just a little bit, it’s worth it.
So let’s get into it! Sorry if you’ve seen some of the pictures before, I’m doing a lot of re-purposing here.
First off, I’m not writing about a Sunday day but it’s worth mentioning that I do a LOT of prep work on Sunday. I feel like my week actually starts Sunday at 5:00. That’s when I…
- grocery shop
- plan workouts and work schedules
- plan dinners (some of our favorites: here)
- prep lunches for the kids and I
- cook a big dinner that can be reheated or re-purposed
- do all the laundry
- make sure everyone has fresh sheets to start their week; it’s amazing what a little lavender pillow spray does for relaxation
Day In the Life:
6:30 The alarm goes off. I may or may not hit snooze once before stumbling out of bed. I HATE the mornings. I have lamented so many times my inability to become the morning person I’ve always felt like I should be. I’m not there yet. I get ready before I wake the kids up.
7:00 Kid time. My kids are a bear to wake up. They love their sleep. I get E up first since he has to get a uniform on, and really get ready for the day. MiniE is next and sometimes I just scoop her up and put her in the car and take her to the babysitters.
I pull three lunches together (mine and the kids), pack my work bag, my workout bags (sometimes there are two), get them breakfast (usually cereal, muffins, fresh fruit and milk), pack the car, let the dog out, and HOPEFULLY remember to grab my coffee.
8:30 Roll Into Work. By the time I drop the kids off and commute, I’m usually into work by 8:30. From 8:30 to 5:00, my focus is on the work! Meetings, and more meetings and yes, I do dress up SOMETIMES but the reality is, my team sees me like that picture a LOT (no makeup and toned down). If I’ve planned well, I’ve normally snuck away to get my run done in our new corporate gym (that my boss let me design!). I forgot, if you don’t know by now, I do real estate strategy for a Fortune 20 company. A job a really love! I’m so fortunate to be able to say that.
5:00 Depending on my workout schedule, I either head straight to the pool after work or head home. Scott picks up the kids and we meet at home. The kids eat a small snack (sandwich and veggie). If I have a bike ride to do, I head to the basement as quickly as possible. The kids stay home with me and run around the basement while I ride 60-90 minutes. We only have kid stuff on Thursday night so that plan looks a little different but for the most part this is pretty typical.
7:30 Usually done with my training. Dinner time. I make something in 30 minutes or less. The kids eat then it’s bath time.
8:30 Bed time. Kids bedtime routine starts with teeth brushing and book reading. Then I tuck E in bed and MiniE second. Usually because i end up falling asleep in her bed. If I forget to get up, I’m scurrying the next day but we do that all over again!
I’ll tell you, in order to keep up with training, my “down time” is pretty non-existent. The only TV I watch is when I’m watching Netflix on my laptop during a training session. I’ve given up a lot to try to attain this Ironman 70.3 goal. I’m starting to feel more comfortable on the bike. 56 miles still scare me. That’s a LOT of “me time” (no music or other way of distracting myself) but the confidence is coming and that’s what I need right now.