Try, Try Again

05.24.12 When you're a working mom, things don't always go as planned.


If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve recently started exercising regularly after a two-year post-baby hiatus. The culmination of my recent training was the Revlon Run/Walk For Women, a 5k race in downtown Los Angeles, which I ran with my colleague Kathryn McRitchie, fashion director at Fit Pregnancy. (Here we are, red-faced and rehydrating at the finish line.)

Kathryn joined me for a few of my morning runs in the weeks before the race, which is one of the reasons I didn’t mind getting up early to workout. It’s hard to roll over and hit snooze when you know someone is expecting you to show up at 6:30 a.m. Plus, Kathryn is in better shape than me, so she pushed me to run farther than I would have on my own.

And I’m glad she did. The race was way harder than I had expected. In fact, it felt less like running and more like plodding—which my timed 13-minute miles clearly show. But I’m proud to say I ran the whole distance and sprinted the last 400 yards (Thank you Taiko drummers for your inspiring rhythms right before the finish line!)

The not-so-great news is that I haven’t exercised since. The week following the race my husband had a bad cold, so I took over toddler-care in the morning so he could sleep in. And this week, I have the same cold, so getting some extra z’s has taken priority over a morning run. It’s frustrating to have fallen out of my routine, but if I’ve learned anything as a working mom, it’s that you’ve got to be flexible. Sometimes all your efforts pay off: You get in an a.m. workout, hit all your deadlines at work and still make it home in time for dinner with you family. On other days, you miss all three. The key is to not beat your self up (got guilt?) and just try again tomorrow. So, here’s to getting back to morning workouts post-cold—and 11-minute miles next time around.

How has being a working mom or mom-to-be made you more flexible?