Get Up Early. This may not be what you wanted to hear but getting your training in before anyone else is even up feels Ah-Mazing. Get out the door and get it done while everyone is still sleeping! That way, you don’t have to worry about fitting it in during the day, other things getting in the way, or feeling guilty that you’re missing family time in the evenings.
Active Commuting. If you live close enough to work, you could bike to work and back, or walk or run to work. Active commuting with work or errands is a great way to fit some training in during the day. I lived seven miles from my job, so if all I did was ride to work and back, I had 14-15 miles accomplished.
Short and Sweet. Take any time you can get for a workout. Workouts can still be very effective if you use your time wisely. Complete 20-30 minute body weight, medicine ball, or stability ball workouts. There are also many apps that you can download to follow simple workout routines or apps that will talk you through a short yoga class. I did this frequently during the first two years while my daughter was napping. If you’re able to get outside for a short run, you can add hill repeats, intervals, or a 10 min tempo effort.
Find a Gym with Child Care. Go visit some fitness centers and tour their childcare areas. Once you find a gym you like, this is a great way to get an hour or more of training in. Most gyms have a 2-hour childcare limit, which is plenty of time for a great sweat session. You could even meet a friend there that has a child the same age, so they can be in the play area together.
Be Flexible. Some days just don’t go as planned and your workout may not happen, but that’s OK. Be flexible with your training and accept each day for what it is. A morning run might be taken up by a doctor’s visit, or need to stay home with a sick child. Sometimes if the training can’t happen, the race can’t happen. That’s OK too. The beauty is that the races will always be there, waiting for you when you’re ready.
Get a Coach. No matter how old your children are, having a coach means less time you’re spending trying to figure out your own training plan. Take the guesswork out of it and let a coach guide you through the training process. Trust the training and follow the plan!