little sacrifice comes great rewards


Tuesday- 3 miler early am

After having Jackson almost a year and half ago, I know I can’t believe it! I was really anxious to get back into running. (I couldn’t run throughout part of my pregnancy because I was put on bed rest at about 28is weeks.) Throughout the first weeks after J was born, I struggled with finding a time to workout. I remember thinking, “when he starts sleeping through the night I’m going to get up early and get it done then.” That never happened. He did, however, start sleeping through the night, but when he did, I did too. I took full advantage and then came up with the gate idea.


*notice the gate=)

I sacrificed working out while he was awake which meant I had to tend to J while running. Most days are really good and it’s not hard at all. Other days, he likes to demand snacks or throw toys at me while running. . .

this morning my run was COLD and I had to start with a jacket

this morning my run was COLD and I had to start with a jacket

That leads me to this week.  I have been getting up early so I can get my run in. And you know what? Little sacrifices lead to great rewards. It’s not easy for me to get out of my warm bed in the morning, but I’ve seen some changes throughout my days. I have more day. I have more time to play with Jackson. I’m not rushed in the morning trying to workout, clean, get J breakfast and a bath, and get ready for the day. I’ve already filled ‘my bucket’ before everyone wakes up, so the rest of the day I can fill their buckets.  I feel more accomplished, and that’s a feeling I enjoy=)

Some things that I really cherish (and hope to become better at) when it comes to motherhood is being able to stop and enjoy the moments. This week I felt like I was able to do that more. I had more time to do it. It’s just one more thing that running helps me with. J is my sidekick most days and yesterday was no different. He helped me put the dishes away and dust,(he chose to dust the wall ;))



Little moments like today. I could sit down with him and read to him. One of his favorite things for me to do. Yes, in my apron that my lovely friend Emmalee made me.


I know these are just small steps, but I cherish them. I appreciate what my love for running has helped me discover.

What has running (or any workout that you do) help you to discover?

Do you make sacrifices to workout?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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2 Responses to little sacrifice comes great rewards

  1. Shar–so glad you wrote this post! Perfect timing for me!

    In the early weeks after having your first baby, working out is almost the last thing on your list when you’re learning how to take care of a new baby, nursing, and trying to sleep yourself! Sometimes it’s hard to even make yourself something to eat or even go potty!!! (For me it was at least!!) Thanks to nursing and healthy eating habits alone I’m only 5lb over what I weighed before I got pregnant! But I’ve been so antsy to get back into my exercising.

    My little one is going to be 4 months, and I’ve really started to incorporate some exercise into my day as she is settling into more of a routine. (2 miles/day for now + 35 minutes of yoga) It’s not easy! Honestly, my best sleep is usually in the mornings after her early feeding!! I’ve debated back and forth on whether or not to sacrifice that time of sleep for an early morning, uninterrupted workout. So far I’ve opted to exercise during her naps–which usually I am interrupted in the middle of it and have to try and finish with her whining in her bouncer chair! I end up feeling like I don’t get as great of a workout as I hope for or I loose steam later in the day. She’s almost to the age that she will be more self-entertained…but I think even with an older baby/toddler its still not easy to exercise when they are awake! (Maybe it is easier in the spring/summer months when there isn’t snow all over the roads and get out with the jogger…I am looking forward to this!!)

    But thank you, because I think I am really going to determine myself to just get up and work out during that morning time I usually get a good snooze in while she sleeps soundly. I am going to try and go to bed earlier (She goes down at 8, but I usually stay up until about 11 to get some relaxing “me” time or time with my hubby…but I could turn this time into more sleep instead of needing it in the morning!) She is starting to sleep better at night. But you’ve encouraged me to start a new routine. I can get this going! Thanks!!

    • Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience. It’s good to hear I’m not alone haha. I totally felt that way too, and some days it’s nice to sleep in and then the next you can wake up early and really get a good workout because you’ve rested. I’m glad I was able to help you! Love all your cute pictures of baby girl=)

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