I find reading day in the life posts and seeing how people fit it all in interesting.
Surprise ending – I don’t fit it all in, in fact I don’t even try to juggle it all anymore.
Here is how my average day goes –
A Day in the Life:
5:40 – 6:30 = waking up, getting ready for work, packing lunch, etc.
-Since I shower at night it does not take me too long to get ready in the morning, but I do like to have time to pack a good lunch and check my email before I leave for work.
6:30 – 7:00 = drive in
7:00 – 3:00 = sculpt young minds
– I teach 3-5th grade Gifted & Talented classes all day, every day. I love my job. Things are never boring and the days go by very fast, but there is never free time to do anything else.
3:00 – 3:30 = drive home
3:30 – 4:00 = check mail, feed cat, put on running clothes
– My cat meets me at the door every day as soon as I get home. I like to think it is because she loves me, but really she is just checking to make sure her food source is back.
4:00 – 4:30 = warm-up, walk to running route & dynamic stretches
– I am a big believer that you do not jump right into a run. I usually do a 10 min warm up walk and then a ton of dynamic stretches because I have so many issues going on.
4:30 – 6:30 = run
– This right here is the reason I only marathon train once a year, because it becomes a part time job. Notice I leave my house at 4 to run and am not done with all the running stuff until 7:30, 3.5 hours later. And yes, I am a slower runner, but still.
6:30 – 7:00 = long cool down walk home
– I usually walk anywhere from 1-2 miles as a cool down post run. I just need time to cool down and compose myself before going back home.
7:00 – 7:30 = stretching, foam rolling, and legs up the wall
– When marathon training even the stretching is serious business. What usually takes me 15 minutes becomes a full 30 minute routine when I am marathon training.
7:30 – 7:45 = quick shower
– I am so gross post run that a shower right after is essential. Plus, then I am clean for work/school the next morning.
7:45 – 8:45 = make dinner, work on run coaching work while eating, clean up
– This right here is why I don’t cook anything fancy on weekdays. It is a lot of simple lean meats with fruits and veggies. I need food that is super-fast to prepare so I can dive straight into checking on my run coaching clients.
8:45 – 9:30 = additional run coaching work, blogging, chores around the house, or relaxing just depending on the day
– Depending on what needs to get done this time can become a bit of anything; however, honestly I find I have been doing most of my extra run coaching stuff and house work on the weekends and just ditching the blogging lately – turns out that I really need this time to chill.
9:30 – 10:00 = get ready for bed, shut down all technology, read a chapter in a book
– At 9:30 I make myself turn off my TV, computer, and phone and get myself ready for bed. Then with my extra few minutes I read a chapter from my latest book.
10:00 = lights out
– I force myself to turn the lights out at 10:00 because it usually takes me about an hour to fall asleep. This way if my lights are out by 10 I get some extra relaxing and am asleep by 11:00, which gives me about 6.5 hours of sleep. (I know, not enough – hence why I nap on weekends!)
Some days are a bit different.
Meetings after school, my bajillion doctors appointments, or even weekly family dinners, but usually this is about what it looks like.
Plus, sometimes I have to stay up even later.
If I have a deadline looming for my run coaching or blogging I stay up until it is done and if that means my lights are not out until 11/12 then such is life.
When I knock myself back down to half marathon training I gain about 1.5 hours a day because I need less run time, plus a bit less warm-up, cool down, and stretch time. This becomes a life saver because it means I have about 7:30 – 9:30 very night to get stuff in. So many reasons why I could never full marathon train constantly, and a big one is TIME!
Let me know –
What does your daily schedule look like?
Bloggers – Do you have a day in the life post I can check out?
*I wrote this post about 10 days ago, right before I decided to take a big nosedive down my stairs. So I am Saying Goodbye to My Chicago Marathon Dreams for now and taking it a bit easier. I am currently not allowed to put any weight on my foot/ankle and am waiting on a appointment with a specialist as things are not healing how they should be which leads the doctor to think there may be some more severe tendon or ligament damage.
As crazy busy as my life normally is, I cannot wait to get back to it. I miss the challenge of training and rewarding sense of accomplishment I get after a run. Though – Right now I’d be happy just being able to walk. It is really hard to teach, grocery shop, etc. when you can’t walk.