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On my last post, Turia asked me: When are you fitting in your exercise if the first 60-90 minutes of your morning is yoga/meditation/journal writing? And what time are you going to bed at night to make this work?
So I started writing a response in a comment, but then it got long enough to devote to its own post.
I am not a night owl. Never have been. In high school, once a week, my friend Jess would pick me up at 5:30 and we’d go to Denny’s for breakfast before school. And in college, my favorite classes were the 8am ones.
I find that I have a finite cutoff at 8:30-9pm. If I’m up later than that, I get bitchy and cranky, and I’m always asking Jeff, Can we go to bed please?
So most nights I’m in bed by 9:00 or 9:30.
For training, my schedule has been something like this.
I work in Boston two days a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those are my run days, where the alarm rings at 3:40 or so. I drive into Boston, bring my stuff to my client, run before work (usually 6ish miles, but this summer my plan is to make Tuesday my long run, so I’ll work up to 12-14ish miles or so), then shower and start my day.
Those days I do not practice yoga in the morning, but I do try and steal 10 or 15 minutes to meditate.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I am responsible for getting Owen onto the bus at 8am, so that’s when I get up at 5 to do yoga/meditation. On Mondays and Fridays I swim or bike right after he gets on the bus, and on Wednesdays I work for a bit from home and commute via bike to my relatively local weekly meeting in the afternoon.
Then on the weekends I do a long ride, then a recovery run/swim/bike session. I also get up early those days for yoga and meditation as well, but it’s unlikely I do 90 minutes; I shorten those sessions to 45-60 minutes.
The keys, I think, to fitting all of this in is prioritizing, flexibility, and self-care. I know I am a happier and less anxious person when I have some form of exercise (and, I’m finding, the stillness of yoga and meditation helps with that too!) in a given day. On days where I’m crunched for time, even a 10 minute meditation using an app helps, as does writing in my journal for 15 minutes. And when my body’s tired from a hard workout, I leave my watch at home, keep my pace slow enough that my breathing is easy.
And I let other stuff go, especially when work is busy. I don’t blog
like ever as much . I leave dishes in the sink and mail on the dining room table and we make super quick and easy meals at night. I use my crockpot a lot.
I’m also practicing putting stronger boundaries around work. I work part time, but I treat my job as if it were a full time job a lot. Especially this summer, I’m working on really making space between work and the rest of my life. It’s harder than I thought it would be, but worth the practice.
But that’s a whole other post in itself, I suppose!