Short story: How do you handle jogging if you're sleep-deprived? Especially when the only time you can do so is early in the morning when you could be sleeping?
I've taken up jogging for exercise, and it's been great. I'm doing the couch to 5k program and I feel so much better, even after just a few weeks. The program requires that I jog three times/week and the only practical time to go jogging is early in the morning, after my 10-month-old baby has nursed and gone back to sleep (usually around 6am) before my husband goes to work. My 2- and 4-year-old are still asleep. I've been able to go jogging in the evening a few times, but there's almost always something keeping me from getting out at that time, when everyone's up and I have to finish up all my chores and errands for the day.
Now, here's my problem. My babe does NOT sleep through the night by any stretch. She's up twice if I'm super lucky, and five or six times if I'm not. This past week, she's been waking up and staying up for an hour before going back to sleep, and she'll do this three times in one night. And it's not like she goes to bed early, either! It's a rare event indeed when I get a full 8 hours of sleep, and that's never consecutive. Not to mention during my pregnancy, my morning sickness was at night and joint pain woke me up every hour or so even if I wasn't sick, so I haven't had a good night sleep in over two years, no exaggeration. Did I mention that my last two pregnancies I've had symphysis pubis dysfunction really bad? And was in a wheelchair much of the time? And that my pelvis has had to recover and I'm so incredibly out of shape...
Anyway, since I only have to jog three times a week, I jog whenever she's slept well. Usually that works out fine, as long as I'm not picky. At first I was trying to space the days apart, but that's just too many variables and I always ended up missing days. This week I jogged Monday and Tuesday, but then she's pulled all-nighters every other night this week and now it's Saturday night and I've only jogged twice.
So what do you do if the only time you can exercise is the morning and your baby kept you up all night? If I've gotten a decent night's sleep, that extra time in the morning is better served with a jog, and I feel awesome, but I've tried jogging after baby kept me up all night and the rest of the day (and the next few days) was so awful. It would be awful whether or not I go jogging, but if I can get that extra hour or so of sleep, I'm that much better off. On those days I feel like I'm running on fumes as it is and I'm a beginner coming back from long periods of being sedentary. But on the other hand, I really DO like jogging and I don't want to make excuses because excuses don't get me fit. But then again, I don't want to do more than I can do because that will get me nowhere in the long term. But then again, feeling tired is the main reason I took up jogging. I'm sick of feeling tired and not being able to move. You have no idea how much two entire pregnancies of immobility makes you appreciate the ability to get up, walk out the door, and go running! It's great... when I've slept.
Anyone else trying to deal with sleep deprivation and early morning jogging? When the weather gets nicer, I can take the kids out during the day on my bike with two kids in the trailer and one on the bike seat (bare in mind that I have to take all three kids wherever I go and the only thing I have that carries all three is a wagon). Also, it's February in Canada and half the time I'm jogging through snow, and I could bundle up one kid and take them out in a jogging stroller, but three kids through the snow is a bit much, and there aren't many strollers for three kids, and my 4-year-old is gigantic and he doesn't fit into any stroller I know of.
If the weather were better, if my baby slept through the night, if I could fit my kids in some kind of jogging stroller... all these things will get better with time, but what do I do in the mean time? So should I just get some sort of indoor exercise thing or something? I really like outdoor exercise because I think it's better, and I also have a dog that needs exercise anyway, so it seems silly to exercise inside when I just have to walk her anyway. And I like being outside so much more, even this time of year! I've been out in some nasty wind and snow and I still prefer it to a treadmill.