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Starting the Runnermom group. For all the runner moms to discuss how they get it all done. (Runner dads are allowed to join also.) The purpose is to share tips about fitting running into our lives.

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Comment by sneakersister on April 11, 2009 at 1:02pm
Hello. Honestly, I am so lucky that I am a stay-at-home mom because I have a lot of windows of opportunity to get my workouts done. I don't know how you guys do it being a mom AND working! You are truly my heroes, all of you.

Mostly, my routine involves spending the morning at the gym and both my daughters love the babysitting room (5 & 3 1/2 yrs). That helps a ton. But I refuse to run on the treadmill since it always ends up causing me a lot of leg problems. Therefore, I am usually up between 5-6 a.m. for a run, depending on the length of the run, and then I go to the gym for my cross-training.

martjm, I never feel guilty about leaving the house for a 2 hour run. I am gone every Sunday from 7-10 am to meet up with my running partner. It's really the only "me" time I take away from my home. It's more important to get that run in and come home refreshed and unstressed than it is to spend time feeling guilty about it.

Our girls have grown up with us being very physically active, my oldest has run in some kids races last year and is anxious to do them again this summer. We feel that by remaining active and making time to get out for a run or go to the gym is setting an excellent example for our girls, and we are fully expecting them to be involved in sports when they are old enough. Hopefully they will want to.
Comment by martjm on April 2, 2009 at 8:23am
Kevin, nice to see you joined our group. Any tips from a Dad about making family and running fit into your day?
Comment by martjm on March 25, 2009 at 7:50pm
good advice Dianne, thanks
Comment by Dianne S on March 18, 2009 at 12:18am
Martjm..I think that sounds like a great amount of time for the kids to bond with Dad!! I never did stuff for myself until my youngest was 13... he doesn't mind me training.. I am not sure that was the best thing for me...if you are happy, your kids will benefit. They will be brought up in an active environment and will benefit from that too!! Take care of yourself and you will be a better mom!
Comment by martjm on March 17, 2009 at 9:26pm
anyone with advice about how not to feel guilty when you walk out the door for a 2 hour long run?
Comment by martjm on March 13, 2009 at 5:31am
welcome to the group Ashley. Lunch time workouts are a great idea if you can fit them in. I usually have "working" lunches where we have a scheduled meeting and all each our brown bag lunches. But I try to at least take a short walk at some point during the day at work.

I do not like to cook at all. Any suggestions for meal ideas would be appreciated. I like to use my slow cooker so the meal is almost ready so we can eat as a family and then start our evening activities. I will check out the website Ashley suggested.
Comment by Ashley on March 11, 2009 at 8:23am
Thanks Dianne! I just saw that you posted the same thing about active parents/kids - we must think alike!

I am very blessed to work for a company that has a fitness center on site for our employees. They also offer classes (like the yoga & muscle conditioning classes I take) as well as zumba, kick boxing, etc. Working out on my lunch break is a great way for me to utilize what little free time I seem to have available to me. It makes more sense for me to work out and then eat at my desk afterwards than to sit on my butt in the cafeteria for an hour. That way I can mark one more thing off my list of things to do for the day so that I don't have to do it after work. :)

People often say they don't know how I do it all. And I'm not going to lie - it's not easy. BUT, I really do think that it is being ACTIVE that gives me the energy to run my kids all over the place and keep our household running. It took awhile to adjust (and I'm sure it'll get even harder, the more I get into my tri training), but I'm enjoying this lifestyle much more than the old, tired, grumpy lifestyle I had before.

Does anyone have any quick & easy (and HEALTHY) dinner recipes to share for moms on the go? I'm a big fan of the Kraft website - their meals are quick and kid friendly and most are relatively healthy. We serve veggies and/or salad with every meal anyway. I've also made a few things for the family from the Hungry Girl book. What are everyone else's tips/secrets?
Comment by Dianne S on March 11, 2009 at 12:48am
Way to go Ashley... I don't know how you do it!! You are lucky that you can use your lunch time to do the things you do!! And still find time later for more training!! WOW!! I think you are right about the active kids...I raised my kids encouraging them to be active, which they were/are, but I never thoguht I could do things for myself.
Comment by Ashley on March 10, 2009 at 3:27pm
Thank you for starting this group! I'm excited to get advice from other moms!

I am a mother of 2 girls (the oldest is 6 1/2 years old, the baby is 6 1/2 months old). I have a very early work shift (I have to be to work by 6:15am), so working out before work isn't really an option unless I want to get up at 3am. I sometimes have to get creative with my time, but I've finally found a way to work it all in - 45 minute yoga classes during my lunch breaks on Monday and Wednesday, 45 minute muscle conditioning class during my lunch break on Tuesday and Thursday, group triathlon training early Saturday mornings, and solo tri training the rest of the week in the evenings, often when my oldest is at dance or gymnastics - I just drop her off, go train, and then pick her up 2 hours later. If it's a light day, I'll go run or cycle really quick before my oldest gets home from school. If it's a longer training day, my husband is really good about holding down the fort while I train. Sometimes I feel like I never have time to even sit (I find myself eating dinner standing at the kitchen counter), but at the end of the day I feel better knowing that I didn't waste my evening on the couch in front of the tv. Active parents have active kids and I feel like I'm setting a good example for them.
Comment by martjm on March 2, 2009 at 6:48pm
I really like the Fitness First concept. We can also focus on things that we can do with the kids. I will run and have the two youngest ride bikes. They go ahead up to a designated spot (like the fire hydrant) and wait for me to catch up. Then off to the next spot. They love it and I get my run in and they get their exercise too.

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