Peeling myself out of bed at 4:30 has been especially difficult lately. It could be because I’m still sick, or perhaps a good ol’ fashioned case of exhaustion. I know without a doubt that I’ve been having a difficult time with balancing life lately. Between work, commuting, training, blogging, moving, trying to decorate, planning a wedding and trying to be a good fiancé/have a social life – there are literally not enough hours in the day.
I am trying to find ways for more balance this thing we call “life” – my boss has been gracious enough to allow me to work from home once a week, I multi-task on my Bart ride and Chicken Face is the best man I know as he always has a load of laundry running and dinner started by the time I get home. My propensity for list-making is at its highest and my friends accept that I’m a bit too swamped to hang out. But as much as I’m trying, I still feel like there is more I could do. What do you do to ensure balance in your life?
When you have little time to workout, the best thing to do is to still get your sweat on, but turn up the intensity. Nelly on the Run recently posted about a killer incline treadmill workout that should take about a half an hour – which is exactly all the time I had this morning. The oh-my-god-I-might-puke workout went a little like this:
OMGIMP Treadmill Hill Climb
– Start with a five minute warm up at an easy pace
– Run 1 minute intervals with the following incline changes:
1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-6-1-7-1-8-1-9-1-10-try not to die-cool down
– If you’re a real bad ass (and have time), repeat twice (I only did it once)
– Because it’s a short workout, I’d recommend running at your half marathon pace
At first, I thought it was a breeze and I was some sort of hill superhero. HA! By the time I got into the 6 percent and higher intervals, I swear there was a moment that my dripping sweat would either blind me or mix with the chunks I was about to blow. I don’t know if it was because I ate a Jammy Sammy to close to the run or because my energy isn’t back yet. Either way, it was a great workout. Try it out and let me know how it goes! Thanks for the workout reco, Nelly!
And finally, because I hate blog posts without photos, here’s a photo that always makes me smile when I’m going through stressful times like this:
Day 70: The interval workout above (forgot to record my mileage)