5 Tips to Training for a 5k With Kids
I could write a lot more here, but let’s just say college= bagel bites and milkshakes. So that’s when I decided I should probably start exercising, and running was freeeeee! (Because in college, who has money for a gym membership?!)
And then my sister told me she had signed up for a half marathon. I may be a little competitive in nature, so my thought was along the lines of, “if she can do one, so can I!” So I did. And as painful as it was, I loved the feeling of accomplishment when it was done! (And the medal. I really liked the medal.) So I did 2 more.
- Take your toddler to a park without a fence. This will give you plenty of running! (If you read my 7 tips for surviving with 2 kids, you may realize that I have very strong feelings about parks that are not fenced in.)
- Ask your toddler to “come here, please.” This will send him running in the opposite direction, which will send you sprinting after him. You will definitely get your sprints in.
- Tell your toddler it’s time for bed. He will automatically start running around the house, and he will be surprisingly good at evading you.
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5 Tips for Training for a 5k with Kiddos
- Eat! As moms, we are queens of “did we even eat lunch?” And if we did it was probably a leftover chicken nugget or some cold leftovers from the night before. If you’re training for a race (or heck, just exercising at all!), it’s so important to fuel your body! ESPECIALLY if you’re still nursing! Between nursing and exercising, you’re depleting your body of a lot, and it’s important to replace it! Lots of protein, mamas. Eat a full meal.
- Drink water. Again, you’re depleting your body. Stay hydrated always. And also again, ESPECIALLY if you’re still nursing. When you nurse you need a lot of water, and when you exercise you need a lot of water. So if you’re doing both? You need a lot a lot of water.
- Just get out and run! I know this one probably seems unnecessary, but I think we can all agree it’s hard to find time during the day when you are home alone with littles. (Here is where a normal person might suggest a jogging stroller. Y’all, I am selfish. Running is MY time. It’s my stress relief and often the only 30 minutes I have to myself during the day. I don’t want to share that. Also, my neighborhood has a lot of hills and those things are heavy with 2 kiddos inside.) Go in the evening when daddy gets home from work, or the morning, if you’re able to, and definitely take advantage of weekends! Mom’s don’t have a lot of spare time just hanging around, so you have utilize the limited time you can find.
- Cross train! With the above point said, sometimes you just can’t get out. My husband works late nights quite a bit, and I’m not waking up at 5:30 in the morning after being up with my daughter. On these occasions, cross train! This looks different for everyone; for me, it’s Jillian Michaels’ DVDs. 20 minutes and she kills me. She does enough cardio and strength, though, that even if it’s been a few days since I’ve run, I can start up right where I left off. I also am really trying to get into yoga for stretching, but I haven’t been able to find a good YouTube (read: FREE) series I like yet. (Any suggestions, hit me up!)
- Sign up! For me, I have to sign up for a race to get me motivated. I’ll still run, but if I want to get back to 3 miles, I need to sign up for a 5k or I’ll stay stagnant at 2. It’s just how I work. Once I pay, I’m much more motivated to actually train for a race. (I should also be upfront that my first and foremost qualification for a race is if they give me a medal.) So go through races in your area, find one you’re excited about, and just register! You’ll be excited for a few days, and then you probably won’t be anymore when you’re in the middle of a long run, but you paid! So you have to! No take backs!
What’s your stress relief, and how do you find time for it? Sound off in the comments below!