Dear Holly, I am a young mother of very young children. I am training for a half marathon and have to fit running somewhere into my schedule. The mileage increases which means the time does as well. I have been running in the morning before my husband goes to work or in the evening. When I go in the morning right now I am up at 5:30 and just make it home for my husband to leave for work and then I get breakfast going about 6:45. All good an well until the mileage increases. The flip side of this is that when I go at night it’s usually after at least the baby is to bed (I put her to bed) and then my hubby puts the older two to bed. It gets late and that means it gets dark, it cuts into marriage time and well, I am not one of those night owls. I wish I were. When it’s evening it’s hard to fit the 3rd P in. UGH. This only happens 3 times during the week and then on the weekends for a long run. I’ve been going on Sunday whenever I can fit it in the day. I love the running and it’s awesome for the 2nd P but it can be hard to schedule. I purposely signed up for a 1/2 marathon so I would keep committed to the running schedule.
This, among other important projects I have in mind, I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’ve made my schedule kind of loose because I’m a little scared to make it any tighter. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to get these key things done. But really, it leaves little time for scheduling marriage time. And I know how important that is to my husband and to me. Sometimes it seems as if our kids are so little that we are in the 4th P most all of the time.