Stealing Time…..

I frequently find that I do not have enough hours in the day to get done what I want and what needs to be done.  Therefore, I am always stealing time from somewhere.  I steal time from the sleep column to run.  I steal time from work to run or swim.  I steal time from my commute by driving verses taking the train so that I can squeeze in a longer run.  I steal time from my family by requesting hubby to do the daycare pickup so that I can squeeze in a run, swim or bike……  Or I sneak out of the house in the early mornings on the weekends to put away some miles before the family is really awake and “active”.  There is never enough time but you make time, or steal it if you must, to squeeze in what is important to you.  Fitness is either important or it’s not. 

Wednesdays are my biggest “time” stealing days.  I not only leave work a few minutes early, but I also drive to steal time from my commute, plus hubby does daycare pick up and manages the kids for an hour after he gets home.  I love my Wednesday runs, they are my favorite part of the week.  It is not normal for me to get out for a group run during the week but I have made it a priority on Wednesday’s and the family has flexed to make it happen each and every week.  Thank you, Family!  I normally am able to squeeze in 10 miles on Wednesday nights and that really makes my week.  I don’t run daily, usually only 3 or 4 days a week, so when I get out I try to make it count.

It’s not easy, you have to make the effort to get in the things that matter to you.  How do you steal time from your life to get in those “extra” things to really make it count?

Happy Running,                                                                                                           Amanda – TooTallFritz

11 thoughts on “Stealing Time…..

  1. We all need clones. Even though I’m a stay-at-home Mom (until I find a job), I try to maximize my time management opportunities by updating my calendar and reading e-mails while waiting for the kids, running errands between picking up one kid and waiting for the other, etc. I wish I could just take a pill instead of sleeping. It seems like SUCH a waste of time to me.

    • Love that, “sleeping is a waste of time”! How about it?! I have been reading emails walking to/from the car or train. So safe. I don’t even “go” to lunch either, I eat & read emails, blog, read blogs, work or if I go out then it’s usually to run. I’m not sure I could sqeeze another 10 minutes out of my day.

  2. I totally agree with this post! I constantly feel like I am stealing time. I commute too and it is a constant struggle for me to work out daily, have time to blog, spend time with my fiancé, have a social life, have time to cook/clean, and SLEEP all within 24 hours. But, making working out a priority and remembering that when I CAN sleep I will sleep better and the rest of the time I will be in a better mood, it’s worth it!!!

  3. I am always amazed by people like you who are able to be so disciplined and make fitness a priority. I feel like half the time I make excuses why I “can’t” run, and then it catches up with me, and I find ways to make it so I can. But it begins to feel like big mood swings.

    I am envious of your ability to always find ways to carve out time to work out!

    • It’s really not that I’m that disciplined, possibly more that I know if I want to survive my 70.3 in July, I HAVE TO squeeze in the training. I have to go to the pool and swim so that I won’t drown. I have to get my butt on my bike and get used to riding again so that I can sqeak out 56 miles by July. It’s more about having to do it rather than being disciplined, which is why I have already registered so its real. Trust me, I’m no Superwoman. And once you have little ones, you can’t push it off til “later” or it just doesn’t happen. I love Bridgett’s comment above on sleeping being a waste of time. That would help a lot if I didn’t have to sleep.

      I too have gone thru cyclical periods with exercise. I have pretty much learned that I need to keep races on my calendar year round so that I don’t get lazy. It works for me. You’ll find what works for you!

    • I also feel like I am on “borrowed” time… there will never be enough time to accomplish what I want in LIFE, not even just today. I have always felt like that and I think that is exactly why I try to sqeeze so much into each and every day. Sounds strange or mabye “sappy” on paper but it’s true.

  4. I have found a great amount of time to use. My daughter is a competitive swimmer. Let me just say that swim meets suck for the most part. You are there 4-5 hours and your kid swims like 4-5 minutes. My better half doesn’t come to most meets because she stays home with my younger daughter. So now that my daughter is older basically we arrive at the meet for warm-ups(did I tell you warm-ups start an hour before the meet starts) and I stake a place to sit and my daughter goes and warms up and I go run. I can easily get 4-7 miles in and not miss anything. And yes I leave my 11 yo daughter alone at a HS pool. But swim parents are great and we watch out for everyone’s kid. Plus I have my phone and my daughter has her phone as well. It sure beats sitting for an hour to the meet to start and then getting home and telling my better half that now that I have been gone all day that I am going for a run.

    • You really have to use your time wisely to fit everything in! And 11 is old enough that she can be somewhat accountable, particuarly if there are other adults around to help.

      I’d love to get Aby into swimming, just can’t with my work/commute schedule at the point. 😦

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