Because I am a full-time working mom of 2 boys and 1 step son, I don't have a lot of extra free time. So, it is necessary for me to get my runs in as early as possible. Lately, that means getting up between 4:45 - 5:30 AM, depending on the distance.
I have been doing pretty well for the last 2 weeks and have been getting up 5 out of the 7 days, except for last Wednesday. But for how long can I keep this up? I usually hit snooze at least 4 times, so that's about 20 minutes of alarm before I even get up....so, it is not easy for me to get up. My body wants to sleep. I will need to wake up at this early and even earlier when the runs start getting longer to train for this 50. I can get some short runs in at lunch, but if the runs are longer than 6, it is hard for me to get them done at lunch. Also, right now I am studying for a PMP exam and use some of my lunches to study. And I use 2 of my lunches to weight train. So lunches are slowly not becoming an option.
I am going to need to look for motivation and inspiration through out this training period to ensure I keep getting up early. During my previous IM training I was single, had no kids, had a "job" (not a career) and worked from 9-6 or 10-7. So, time management was a bit different back then.
I am probably going to look for motivation through blogs and music. I am going to try not to get spun up in my own head (which happens a lot and takes away precious energy). I am excited for this new goal, a little nervous about the time commitment. But I have read other mom blogs and they are able to do it and I know I can also. It's all about figuring out the priorities and mine will be family, work, training. It's all about having the determination and motivation to get it done and that I have because I want this 100%....I want to finish this 50 miler. Bad.