I really don’t know how single mamas or mamas with hubbies who travel often do it. I do not think I am mentally strong enough to handle Matt being gone more than a few days once or twice a year. Matt had a really awesome opportunity for the SECOND time this year to travel to Mount Vernon in Washington DC as part of their Teacher Institute. He went this past fall, and got asked to come back to shadow as a facilitator, which means he will be going back next year! I am so proud of him for not only receiving this scholarship in the fall, but for being knowledgeable (and outgoing) enough for them to actually hand-select him to come back. If you know Matt personally, this would not surprise you in the slightest – he is very outgoing and extremely smart and can pretty much talk to anyone.
But, let’s face it, I’m happy to have him back home! Two kids for 5 days, by myself, was not my idea of a party. It wasn’t so bad back in the fall when he went, mostly because I was working so I wasn’t with the kids ALL DAY. This time around, it took a lot of mental toughness – and a great tribe of family and friends – to survive. Again, I am not cut out to be a single mom or have a hubby who travels. Props to those of you who do this frequently, and with more than 2 kids!
Matt being gone meant that I had to get creative with my training. I will admit that I am not a big stroller running fan – at least not the double stroller. Luckily, it is fairly flat where we live, except for a nice little uphill on the way back home. I managed to get in 3 stroller runs while Matt was gone – of course, it was NOT what my training plan called for, but sometimes you have to adapt, and that’s OK. Any run will help my fitness, even if it is not the speed workouts that my training plan called for. Thank goodness I coach myself!
Monday: 5 x 1000m w/ 2:30 rest (6.09 miles @ 7:24/mile)
Wednesday: PiYo Strength Intervals
Thursday: 4 miles with the double stroller (4 miles @ 8:59/mile)
Split Squat Jumps 10x each leg
Wall Balls (w/ Miles instead of ball + not against a wall) 10x
Saturday: 60 minutes with single stroller – Miles only! (6.85 miles @ 8:46/mile)
I’d say that was a pretty good training week despite what I had anticipated!
And for those of you who are looking to increase your speed with short, intense workouts that you can not only fit into your daily life but into your training schedule, registration is now opened for my Time Crunched Training 3-Week Bootcamp!
I am spending this week testing out some new workouts specifically for this bootcamp! I would LOVE to have you join me!