Right now my schedule is:
5:30am - Get out of bed. I don't know if it's pregnancy or that it's staying dark out later, but it has been SO.HARD for me to get up in the morning. Even with a reasonable bedtime. Just FYI.
If I go to yoga/ the gym...
5:30 - 6:15am - Do the morning routine stuff. Make sure all my clothes and lunch stuff is packed.
6:15am - Travel.
6:30 - 7:30am - Exercise.
7:30 - 8:00am - Shower/change/get to work.
If I walk at home...
5:45 - 7am - Walk.
7 - 7:45am - Shower, eat, get ready for work.
8:00am - Arrive at work.
So if I add in all the new things that will need to happen with the baby, I'm envisioning my schedule being:
4:30am - Get up, do morning routine stuff, feed baby/pump
5:00- 6:00am - Work out. All workouts will be done at home either on the treadmill, with the weights we have, or around the neighborhood (once it gets warm enough).
6:00-7:30am - Shower, get myself fed and ready, get the baby fed and ready.
7:30 - 8:15am - Take baby to daycare. Drive to work.
Which is honestly more than a little daunting when I think about it. I've gotten up at 4:30am on a regular basis before, and my personal experience is that it is MUCH harder than getting up at 5:30am. It's hard to get to bed early enough to get a reasonable amount of sleep (and that's without a baby), and it really feels like waking up in the middle of the night. Plus it's hard to get your body and brain to MOVE to get in a good workout at 5am (and that's without a baby). And I'll have a baby who will have needs (FOOD!!!! NOW!!!!!) that only I can fulfill in the middle of the night, which will make it even harder to get up.
From what I've read, there are a few "tried and true" ways to make running work after you have a baby:
1. Suck it up and deal. You are going to be tired whether you get up at 4:30am or 5:30am. Might as well get in a workout.
2. Moderate your expectations. Some days a workout is just not going to happen or it may have to be shorter than you'd like. Even though it's a lot less fun, losing the baby weight will be more about fewer Cadbury Eggs taken in than sweat out.
While some moms claim that switching to later workouts after the baby is in bed is the only way they could balance their schedules, I'm leaning very much against that option for a few reasons. One, morning is my high energy time. Evening much less so. I'm waaaayyy more unmotivated to work out at 5pm than 5am. Two, we've talked about it, and Daniel is going to take baby duty in the morning so I can work out, and I'm going to take baby duty in the evening so he can still work out. Three, it's so much easier for other commitments to get in the way of evening workouts. Again, no one is going to schedule a meeting at 5am, but there are plenty at 5pm.
Any other suggestions? Things that work(ed) for you to balance fitness with a new baby? Any non-caffeine stimulants you'd recommend for those tough days?