So, my plan was to spend some time writing, to go to the gym to do some interval training and do a workout DVD. What did I end up doing for the majority of the day? I went to B&Q and Tesco, I went for a coffee and a scone (eating the scone was a complete accident), I tidied up the house and popped to the doctors surgery to try and make some appointments. These mostly mundane jobs, apart from the very necessary cafe stop, took far too long and all of a sudden my ideal day was out the window. So, to get back on track I braved a run.
This year started pretty dismally as I had laryngitis, followed by a chest infection and a bruised rib. My running plans have been put on hold, just at a time when I needed the runners high the most. Like many people, I find deepest darkest winter depressing and relentlessly crap. I had to stop exercise altogether for some time but have been easing back into things for a few weeks, as you can see from this blog. I do think that running is the perfect way for Mums to achieve their fitness goals, as you can chuck your trainers on wherever and whenever and pound the pavement. For some reason I've been a bit nervous about running again after being ill and going into a state of winter slow-down. I was scared that it might be very hard.
So, I just did it this afternoon. I knew that I would get a good dose of endorphins and would be motivated to get back into a running programme if I took the first step. It was an easy 20 minute jog but I enjoyed getting out in the early spring sunshine and moving my body. It really wasn't as hard as I'd thought it might be.
I think that being a busy Mum means you need some time out sometimes. My children mean everything to me, I think they're wonderful, but to appreciate all of that you need to spend the occasional day alone and do something that is important to you, whether that's running, swimming, walking, shopping or just eating scones in a cafe.