Between being a mother of two young children and holding down a full-time job as manager of pediatric orthopedics at Advocate Children’s Hospital, it is very hard to find time to exercise.
The most activity I get is getting everyone up and out of the house in the morning. I’m always running to get to work on time and then running out of work to pick everyone up. Once we get home, it’s time for our nightly routine of dinner, homework, bath and bed. After all of this, I am worn out. With all of this running, for years I had convinced myself that I was living an ‘active’ lifestyle.
I kept telling myself I needed to do something more, but I just never seemed to have enough time. Then I heard about Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Fitness Center’s Healthy Heart 10-week Running Program, and I thought to myself… I could do that.
Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t stepped foot on a track since high school. And even in high school, I never enjoyed running. But this, this is for me. I want to prove to myself I can do more than just work and take care of my kids. I need to take care of me!
That is why I am committed to running my first 5K ever!
So far it’s been three weeks, and they say things are supposed to become a habit after three weeks. Well let me tell you, it HAS NOT yet become a habit. The Fitness Center has developed what seems to be a simple and easy to follow training program. The schedule includes walking, light jogging, intervals between jogging and walking, as well as pre- and post- stretches.
I have to be honest, it has been hard to stick to the training regimen the fitness center has put together. Not because it is hard, but because of my daily schedule. Life always seems to get in the way. But I keep reminding myself, I know something is better than nothing and “Rome wasn’t built in a day!”
Stay tuned for my next update in a few weeks. At that point, I hope to be cruising along and well on my way to a 5K!
Please, I encourage you to join me on this journey, and remember, you don’t have to do this for anyone but you!
Beth Mikalauskas, MSN, BSN, is a mother, registered nurse, manager of the pediatrics orthopedic program and aspiring runner.