Here's my dilemma.
I'm 58, overweight (I made a rhyme!), and I want to run a half-marathon in November. I need to start training, um, yesterday. (I'm currently logging fewer than 10 base miles per week.)
But I also live in a huge field (three acres) that needs a weekly mowing, have a large, weedy vegetable garden, am redecorating and have four sadly neglected flower beds. Oh, and two dogs, a house and a husband. My husband is severely domestically challenged, so I'm the Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer around here. (And I don't have a regular job, thank goodness.)
When I run (jog, walk fast, whatever you want to call it), I'm done for the day. I like to get it done early in the day, when it's still cool. But four morning miles wipe me out. Did I mention I'm 58 and overweight?
When I decide to weed or mow or clean or paint, with the idea of running later in the day, I don't have the energy left to run.
I'm getting plenty of exercise, but quite different from huffing and puffing on a lonely country road. Pulling weeds and pushing wheelbarrows won't help me cross a finish line.
So do I just suck it up and force myself to do it all? I've tried, and it's absolutely exhausting. Sometimes, on a day I've run in the morning and worked outside in the afternoon, I've thought I would pass out.
It's out of my hands today, thank goodness. It's raining (again), I have a hair appointment this afternoon and my volunteer gig at the prison is tonight. A good day to do laundry and maybe clean out a kitchen cupboard or two.
Seriously, though, how do you folks who have nine-to-five jobs, houses, husbands, children, gardens, etc., get it all done?