I don’t know about you but going for a run with a child, takes like 12 times as long. I’m not talking about the run itself, I’m talking about getting ready to go! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my little man and our runs together. The story I’m about to tell you is when my planning ahead skills were seriously lacking.
When you run with a stroller, you have to pack the stroller; and when I say pack the stroller, I mean make sure that there’s enough snacks and supplies that will cover us in case we get lost for the next three weeks. Then make sure there’s water, make sure there’s books for entertainment, make sure that he has a hat on, and sunscreen. And… Oh! Don’t forget their favorite stuffed animal, which in our case, is George.
Joshua’s little monkey named Curious George looks how I feel most days. His head has been chewed into oblivion, he’s got all kinds of homemade patch jobs trying to hold him together, and he wreaks from all of the love he gets from his little boy.
But I digress. Back to original story..
Then I have to remember all of the things that I personally need for my run which would include my shoes, socks, shorts, underwear, a hat for myself, sunscreen, sunglasses and most importantly of all – music.
Once all of these things are piled onto the stroller you realize that you’re about to push probably a 60-79 pound boulder down the street. Totally not kidding. This thing probably is that heavy because a running stroller in itself is around 30 pounds. Plus the weight of the child[ren].
So, needless to say your run-time for the day is going to be really low. But to be honest that is not to the point of this post.
Let’s start get to the flat tire story, shall we?
A couple of weeks ago, my Joshua and I went on a run with our Izabell. We’re running along just fine when all of the sudden, the stroller basically stops mid-stride causing me to almost fly over the top of the stroller. Yep, the stop was that hard of a jolt.
I could not figure out what was going on and when I get down in front of the stroller I realized that the front tire is completely flat. Not only is the front tire flat, it’s coming off of the rim.
There is quite literally no way for me to continue the run with the way this tire was.
Not only that, I was about a mile and a half away from the house.
David was at work, my parents were not available, and I am wondering how I’m going to get back to the house with this flat tire. Of course, Josh was completely oblivious to the problem, because, he has goldfish, what’s there to worry about?
So, at that point we turn around and decide to go back to the house. I had two choices – I could be in a continuous wheelie with the front tire off of the ground using the back two tires to push or I could make it the absolute bumpiest ride for Joshua ever.
For entertainment purposes- I chose a mix.
As we are making our way back to the house I started to realize the importance of preparation. If I would’ve brought a tire pump, then I could have at least pumped the front tire to the point where it would have been easier to get back home.
Now I know that bringing a tire pump on a run sounds like a bad idea because that just adds more weight to the stroller. But in actuality it would have been a lifesaver. You can totally buy small tire pumps that aren’t heavy at all.
Besides, your small boulder you’re pushing already weighs 60+ pounds, what’s another 2 pounds?
Because of my lack of planning, and believe me, I thought I had planned it all this out, I was unable to reach my target mileage for the day.
The same goes in our healthy lifestyle journeys.
These journeys that we are on are not short sprints. Because think about it, if I would have been doing sprints and a tire had blown, the most I would be distance wise from my house would have been maybe 300 meters.
But because I was going for distance, not only was I not fully prepared, I was further away from my home base without preparations.
Now, Josh really didn’t mind the bumpy ride back. In fact, he found it quite hilarious, but this mama was so frustrated and mad that I was in tears.
So, how do we prepare for the unexpected bumps in our healthy lifestyle journeys?
You’re trying to lose the baby weight and you finally get on a roll with counting and staying within your caloric range to stay in that deficit and you’re making every single one of your workouts, right? You’re doing amazing.
Then life happens…
One of the babies gets sick and is down for the count and hubby is out of town for business trip and you miss your workouts and are fighting the urge to stress eat.
Here’s how to combat that.
It’s quite literally an easy peasy step that will keep you on track.
That’s it! But how? How do you properly plan ahead so you don’t end up with a “flat tire”?
Acknowledge that there will be failures along the way and that’s okay.
This is so unbelievably freeing to be able to acknowledge that there will be failures along the way and that’s totally okay. It’s how you handle the failures that makes all the difference.
Failing doesn’t make you a failure, it means you’re trying which is quite literally the last thing a failure is. Failures don’t give a crap and they don’t try. YOU DO give a crap and you’re trying. See? Not a failure.
Which leads into the point – brain dumping and scheduling
At the beginning of each week, do a brain dump of everything that has to be done that week. By everything, I literally mean EVERYTHING. Everything from your work schedule to the kiddos schedule, your workout schedule, and what you plan to eat.
Think about where there might be an issue arise and have an action plan for if that issue arises.
Example – you’re planning to cook dinner on Tuesday. But on Tuesday, your boss decides to throw a 5:00 meeting on the calendar and you can’t cook dinner that night. Having some cooked ahead meals ready will keep you and your family on track and you can cook Thursday instead of Tuesday.
The simple act of having a few prepped ahead meals saved you from a feeling of failure.
Same for your workouts – have some home workout options ready to roll if something comes up and you can’t make it to the gym on your planned day.
Be prepared. You can totally do this.
“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”Ben Franklin
That famous quote still applies today and especially to the schedule of a busy working mama.
Plan ahead. Plan Ahead. PLAN AHEAD! Having that action plan will help you turn a ‘failure’ into a success.
I’m totally not kidding on the brain dump at the beginning of the week. Every single week, when I create my own schedule and my family’s schedule, I do a brain dump of everything that needs to be done, ranging from my clients, to David’s workouts and his work and travel schedule and Joshua’s schedule.
Once that’s done, I put it on the calendar in a strategically placed order to set us up for success.
One last tip – David (my hubby) and I share a Google calendar, and everything that we have on our schedule goes into that calendar so we can see it and there are absolutely no surprises. My workouts, his workouts, my clients, his work & travel schedule, Joshua’s school and activities schedule. Everything.
Brain dump – get rid of anything that isn’t necessary, then schedule it out and create an action plan for places that there might be hiccups.
Doing this, you’ll be reaching your goals before you know it.
You’ve got this. I believe in you.