Before baby #2 arrived, I had a fairly flexible job and could even work from home a few times a week if so desired. Ah, the good old days! Problem was – I was pretty miserable. The job itself was interesting but environment was bad! So, when I was 7 months pregnant and got offered a chance to interview for a new job I jumped at the chance. Completing six one-on-one interviews and multiple skills tests was a bit tricky at that point, but I managed to be pretty convincing and snagged the new job. Yay me! New environment = awesome; job itself = very exciting; flexibility = not so much. I now need to be in the office around 6:30 am, which means waking up at 4:30/4:45am if I want to get in a workout before leaving for work. Ouch.
Another wrench in the plan is that my husband is also trying to run in a race (half-marathon) in the fall. So, we both need to be flexible to accommodate training schedules. What we’ve come up with is:
- His days: Saturday (long run), Monday, Wednesday
- My days: Sunday (longer run), Tuesday, Thursday
If I want to fit in the core training or weights, that has to come on off days in the A.M. A new typical day in the life of a working/training mom:
- 4:45a.m. Alarm goes off (snooze maybe once, but that’s all that can be afforded)
- 5:45a.m. Out the door and down to the office (if I’m on the train, check the mail/news)
- 6:30a.m. Morning meeting followed by quick breakfast at desk
- 10:00a.m. ‘Nother meeting (snack again)
- 12:30p.m. Lunch at desk (make it light)
- 3:00p.m. One more meeting (sometimes)
- 6:00p.m. Hit the road and get on home – if it’s my day, get a-running; if it’s his day, play with kids and get dinner going
- 8:00p.m. Bath for kids, night time rituals; final email/work check-in; get food, clothes ready for tomorrow
- 10:00p.m. Time to dose and get ready to do it all over again
The big question: is it all worth it? At the moment, definitely. Yes, its tiring but I get to work on improving my fitness and have upgraded my career. My husband is incredibly helpful or there’s no way it would work. Single parents out there — I give you all the credit in the world and then some! You are amazing!