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12 K’s of the Holidays: The Penultimate* Day

December 21, 2010

*SBS’s favorite $.50 word. Not up on your SAT words ? It means second to last.

There are many things I like about my Denver neighborhood: lots of families with plenty of kids to entertain mine, sidewalks wide enough for training wheels, mature trees and a handful of parks with soccer fields–what’s suburbia without plenty of soccer fields?

That said, there are two things I don’t like about it:

1. Everybody’s garden/holiday display of lights/lawn always trumps our’s. I know it’s not a competition, but around here, it can feel like one.

2. There is no decent trail run within a 20-minute drive. Read: no trail running on weekday mornings for me.

Guess which one weighs on me more? #2.

I love the trails. I love that I feel like when I’m on great singletrack, I’m trapped in a video game. I love that time flies and mile markers are nowhere to be seen. I love that no two steps are the same, that I’ve never wanted a trail run to end, that I rarely need music to keep me entertained.

But, to paraphrase a famous rocker, you can’t always get what you want. So I bide my time on the pavement, looking for random ribbons of gravel next to cement sidewalks. I think it’s almost better that way: if I could trail run every day, I might not consider it so special. The fact that I only go twice a month, max–and that’s a really good month–makes it feel like a Cold Stone Creamery extravaganza, a hip, new haircut that doesn’t fit with my minivan mom ways or other rare, always anticipated treats.

What sacrifices do you make for your running? While we love to RLAM, we’re realistic and know that something has to give in order for you to put in regular miles: it is your non-running friends, your volunteer time, your extra hours on your job?

Part I: The Montrail Fairhaven. Gets you to the trail in comfort, then eats dirt for breakfast.

Let us know, and you could be set up very nicely for your next trail run with a pair of Montrail Fairhaven shoes and a Mountain Hardwear Geist jacket. The Fairhavens are a road-to-trail hybrid, which means you can run from your house to the trail–and I can be supremely jealous. Not only does its tread have just enough bite to take on singletrack, its Fluidpost midsole is adaptable with every step, giving you the right amount of cushioning and support no matter what surface you’re on.

Meanwhile, the Geist, which stuffs easily in a

Part II: The Mountain Hardwear Geist. Flips wind and (light) rain the bird.

pocket or ties around your waist, is almost invisible–until you need it. The windproof, water-resistant jacket weighs next to nothing, but if the elements move in on any run, you’ll feel as protected as your kid, riding in the jogging stroller, under two blankets and the plastic shield.

Two shoe-and-jacket sets will go to two random and lucky winners today–further justifying the sacrifice you make for running. What part of your life takes a (small) hit so you can get a (big) high off of running?


Three lucky ladies of the Ibex Woolies Crew–why they love running–are

1. Laurie H.: I love running because it makes me happy. Even if I have a less than pleasant run, running itself just puts me in a mood that is good enough that I can tackle anything the day throws at me. I’m definitely a better person because I run.

2. Rosemary: I love running because it makes me feel better at 42 than I did at 22!

3. Marcy: 2 words – mental health. ’Nuff said.

A baaaaaa-ig congrats to you ladies; hope you enjoy the wool. Please send us an e-mail with your address, size preference and top three color choices and put Ibex winner in the subject line. We’ll get those sheep on it stat.

420 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:47 am

    Sleep! As important as a good night’s sleep is, there are only so many hours in the day, and I need that run!!

  2. Marissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:54 am

    I always say that I sacrifice sleep to run, but it’s always worth it to me! The only time that I can squeeze my run in is early, before work and on the weekend. I wake up before my family, have coffee and a light snack and get out the door. Training for the Philly marathon, I got out for my long runs by 6am on the weekend to get my run in before sports and other weekend activities. I would start long runs earlier, but so far I haven’t found anyone crazy enough to go out with me!

  3. BigDogMom permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:55 am

    Housework and feeding my kids breakfast on Saturday mornings. Most mornings I can get back on time to make them a healthy breakfast but Saturday mornings they fend for themselves. I return from my run to a kitchen that looks like it was overrun by a pack of hungry Bears but the clean up is a small price to pay for the feeling I get from a long run with my group!

  4. December 21, 2010 3:56 am

    I guess I would say rest. I don’t get down time, but then again who does that has kids?

  5. Amy permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:59 am

    I sacrifice my hobby time. Love my other hobbies too, but can’t do it all.

  6. SueM permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:14 am

    no contest: HOUSECLEANING!

  7. Marne permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:14 am

    I moved from a remote, farm-laden, middle of-nowhere, no Ann Taylor within a 5 hour drive location to Northern Virginia, right next to DC. And while I have an insane commute to work, and things are more expensive and everwhere I want to go is more crowded than you can imagine, there is shopping. I have two (not one, but two) malls within a 10-15 minute drive. If I were headed out to an Ann Taylor, you would ask me “which one?” because there are two close by…not counting the AT Loft. The shopping here is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    But in my “scheduled down to the second” schedule, I will regularly, and not begrudgingly, give up shopping for time to run. Which is ironic, because when I was in marathon training, I NEEDED new clothes (cause the new ones were too loose, yay!), but I still chose running over shopping, and just tightened my belt.

    Because running makes me happy. and running MUST happen, everything else is scheduled around it. EVERYTHING.

  8. Nan permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:15 am

    Oh, there is a list if things that would torment me as a Mom if I let it. Those things I often think I need to gain motherly perfection: a clean house, completing complex crafts with ny children, writing thank you notes…I let these things go when I run.

  9. Judy permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:16 am

    My sleep is what takes the biggest hit. I get up at 5am everyday in order to get my run in before getting the kids off to school and myself off to work. It is the only time that I can get this “protected time” to run. Tthe benefits are great and it is a sacrifice that I am willing to make.

  10. Catrina permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:18 am

    The cleanliness of my house. That is usually the thing to suffer the most, not that my house is gross, but it can get a bit unorganized.

  11. Carrie B permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:31 am

    I sacrifice housework to run!

  12. Ali permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:34 am

    Sleep. I sacrifice sleep. I try to sneak out before everyone else is up.

  13. Heidi permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:40 am

    Sleep. Especially in the summer – living in Phoenix, I have to be up for my Saturday long runs at 3, which makes me want to puke, but I still do it. If I don’t get my runs/workouts in early, I won’t get them in and I’ll be pissy all day, so – even though I want to cry when that alarm goes off at 4 am most days of the week, I’ve forgotten all about that by the time I get home, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

  14. Christy permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:49 am

    I sacrifice sleep (who doesn’t?) and a slightly cleaner house…but given the choice, running will always trump cleaning….(it might not always trump sleep!).

  15. December 21, 2010 4:53 am

    Housework. Unfortunately my husband comes home from a hard day at work to find the house just the way it looked when he left that morning. That would be fine, if I weren’t a homemaker with no kids at home during the day. –However, one day I asked him if he’d rather come home to a clean house or a wife who got her run in…he wrapped his arms around me and said, “always get your run in first!” ((The real problem is, a lot of times I get a nap in second!!))

    • Annet Maurer permalink
      December 21, 2010 2:18 pm

      I agree, except my thing is would you rather a wife that cooks or a wife that cleans. And cooks wins everytime!

  16. December 21, 2010 5:00 am

    Domestic chores…. Christmas cards…. That 3rd glass of wine…. My husband’s, ahem, needs. (It IS TMI Tuesday, ladies!)

  17. Beth Sutton permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:02 am

    Hate to be repetitive, but sleep… except that what really goes is evening TV, cuz I just go to sleep earlier…

  18. December 21, 2010 5:03 am

    Without a doubt, it’s sleep. It’s barely 5 am as I type. I’m ready to head out for my run, but I would really have liked another hour of sleep this morning.

  19. December 21, 2010 5:06 am

    Some days it is sleep that takes the hit for my running, other times it is my social life. I try to get my girl friends to go to the gym with me so we can chat and workout which helps but often times I end up alone working out.

  20. December 21, 2010 5:11 am

    I give up sleeping in on the weekends for running!

  21. December 21, 2010 5:15 am

    the major things i sacrifice for my running are: SLEEP, lazy mornings with my family and pretty much any free time i might have while my kids are in school. i have about 6 hours a week without kids and usually i spend them juggling errands, cleaning the house, and running. i’m about to have baby #3 (my due date is a little over 5 weeks away!) and of course everything will change when that happens but running will always be a key ingredient to balancing it all. there is no doubt that it is worth the sacrifices.

  22. Kelly permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:26 am

    I give up evenings. Mornings come so quickly I am hopping into bed usually before my 11 year old!

  23. canuck_grad permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:28 am

    I would say my social life as well. I have very limited time for “extra-curricular activities”, so if I make sure to fit running in, it’s too much work to squeeze anything else in.

  24. Kathy A permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:30 am

    I sacrifice sleep! Gotta get my running in before the kids’ day begins.

  25. December 21, 2010 5:32 am

    I think it is several things. I give up my morning coffee time (because most days that time is spent running…or preparing to run).

    I give up my wardrobe. Half of my clothes are running attire.

    Right now, in marathon training, I feel like I give up half of my time.

  26. Lisa permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:35 am

    Laundry & housecleaning. Not really a sacrifice, but I would like to go a week with a dining room table not covered in laundry or having to hunt down some socks.

  27. J. Mo permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:38 am

    I didn’t know where else to put it, so I guess I will put it here. I’m sorry that I’m not answering the question in the blog post.

    I am 23 years old, and not a mom, but I hope that’s ok. When I was in middle and high school, I loved to run and I was a member of the track team. My favorite distance was 800 meters, something about that in-between stage of full-out sprinting and pacing yourself. I loved pacing myself until the last 150 meters, then taking everything inside of me and propelling myself across the finish line. I remember fondly how it felt to leave it all out there on the track. How wanting to puke your guts out with your legs screaming could somehow translate to accomplishment, to true self-love from accomplishing a goal.

    Last night, I found your book and started reading. The more I read, the more all of those emotions surrounding running, that pure adrenaline rush of completing a distance, or a time, or a race, came flooding back into me. I was overwhelmed and found myself crying. I cried about how lazy I have become over the last 5 years. How I feel stressed, fat, out of shape, and anxious about almost everything in my life. I have shoved away my track goddess beneath a layer of thick subcutaneous tissue – the heaviest I have been in my life.

    I had almost lost all hope for myself until I read your book.

    This morning, I woke up early and for the first time in months, I went for a run. I don’t have any fancy equipment, my shoes are old and probably not the right kind, and I was wearing pink sweatpants, a black sports bra, and a long-sleeve shirt – but I was RUNNING. And I’m going to keep running.

    Thank you so much. You don’t know what this has done for me. I will continue to read and post here.

    • December 21, 2010 5:52 am

      Way to GO J.Mo! Welcome back to your passion and so glad you could chime in on this forum.

    • December 21, 2010 10:35 am

      Right on! I, too, loved track in HS but had to get back into running a few times in life… Several of those times before I had kids. RLAM speaks to so many beyond the “M”… Congrats on starting again and just remember to go easy the first few weeks so you keep your MoJo going!!

  28. Corinna permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:39 am

    I would like to say sleep but I sacrifice time with my son. His wonderful dad jets some much needed one-on-one time while I get my run in. Some days I feel pretty guilty but I know in the end a run makes me a better mother and wife.

  29. Ruth Lehmann permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:44 am

    sleep, one time i got up to go for my long with only three hours of sleep so as not to inconvience the fam.

  30. December 21, 2010 5:49 am

    Sadly, it is the understanding and a level of friendship of some family and friends that has been sacrificed since I started running last January. Initially some thought my running was a strange phase and laughed at me. I knew it was a deviation from the weekend bike/hike person they knew but some acted like I was a zealot. Instead of congratulating my goals these few folks were, for some reason, threatened and bored to know of anything that was so foreign to them. Their comments, “Why would you want to ever do that? It would kill me,” (about running outside in the cold) or “You are such an ass.”(when I put a 13.1 magnet on my car after my first half).

    It’s not that I don’t talk to these family and friends but, because they don’t support my running, we have sacrificed a level of closeness.

  31. Pam permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:49 am

    I give up a cleaner house to be able to run. But I can deal with cluttered house as opposed to a clutter mind/body! I’m not much of a morning runner (except on weekends) so I do most of my running in the evening which means the dinner dishes may not get cleaned until the next morning. Small sacarifice, big reward!

  32. Carolyn permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:50 am

    Lots of little things take the hit…my “garden” (if that’s what you want to call an area filled with a few flowery plants and weeds), the trips to the post office, grocery store, dry cleaners, putting away piles of clothes, putting in loads of laundry, emptying the overflowing garbage can in the kitchem, phone calls to friends and family, phone calls to work colleagues, getting my hair cut and colored. Basically, my life is a little less structured and a little more messy because I choose to go for that run first, and then do the other stuff, and not always when it needs to be done. But you know, life is messy and something’s gotta give!

  33. December 21, 2010 5:53 am

    Sleep and a clean(er) house. They’re very over-rated if you ask me, especially the clean house.

  34. Julie permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:56 am

    I think I sacrifice TV time, which is not a huge trade-off! I also think it has redirected the little money I get to spend on extras to spending money on entry fees, shoes, and one song a week (I get one before my long run for the week to get me motivated!)

    • Rose Keith permalink
      December 21, 2010 11:35 am

      I don’t see a thing wrong with your priorities! Not much on TV worth your time anyway 🙂

  35. cshort4 permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:56 am

    I sacrifice my sleep and run before the sun (and any kids) get up!

  36. Anne B. permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:57 am

    I would have to say my appearance. By the time I get home from running there is very little time to take a shower before I am attacked by the day. My son said to me the other day, “mom, your hair is a little messy!” Thanks, Son!

  37. Cindy permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:57 am

    Like others, I sacrifice sleep. With a 4 month old, an almost 2 year old and a full time job…that’s the only time I can go, when everyone else is asleep.

  38. Lisa permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:00 am

    Sleep and a clean house! I’m always amazed how clean my house is during taper time and after recovery marathon time.

  39. Steff permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:02 am

    On a regular basis, I end up sacrificing sleep to run! But I end up feeling more energized all day long, so it balances out…sort of. Or, rather, it balances out thanks to a 16 ounce cup of post-run coffee!

  40. December 21, 2010 6:03 am

    Ya, I’d have to say sleep. I stay up late working and get up early before my husband leaves for the day. Cutting it short on both ends.

  41. December 21, 2010 6:05 am

    Sleep! I sacrifice LOTS of sleep to get it done…

    (LOVE your cute elves!!)

  42. Alecia permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:06 am

    My time with my family gets sacrificed a little. Not that we don’t spend time together. I’m a stay at home mom, so most of the day I’m by myself with the kiddos. And then when hubby gets home, instead of having an adult conversation that I’ve been longing for, I hit the pavement.

  43. ann permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:07 am

    hmm….sleep, tv, and some Happy Hours …..totally worth it!

  44. Nancy McM permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:08 am


  45. DebbieLeslie permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:08 am

    The one thing I don’t mind giving up to run is housework. I have no problem letting the dishes, laundry, or toilets wait. I feel like running is an investment. By putting in a run, no matter how short or long, I am going to receive a return. This return is in the form of a happier, healthier, more balanced ME!

  46. Martha permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:08 am

    Time with my husband and my much loved mid afternoon nap (I may as well since my girls are sleeping)!

  47. December 21, 2010 6:10 am

    I have to say sleep too!

  48. December 21, 2010 6:10 am

    Sleep definitely gets sacrificed so I can be out running. Plus my house looks like a bomb went off most days.

  49. Danielle permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:10 am

    The number one thing that gets sacrificed when I run is SLEEP. My only time to get a run in 98% of the time is in the pre-dawn hours. It’s nice because then I don’t lose time with my hubby and kids, or get all sweaty in the middle of the day at work, but it’s hard to get out of a warm bed on many days. I just remind myself how much better I’ll feel if I do get up and run and I am usually successful at guilting myself up and out.

  50. December 21, 2010 6:16 am

    What sacrifices do I make…I’ve never really thought about it this way because it’s such a priority. But I suppose I’d do more volunteer work at my kids’ schools or elsewhere, really.

    I don’t really sacrifice sleep because #3 has decided that I must be in the bed with him in order for him to sleep. That would have NEVER happened with #1, right? But then 3 comes along and it’s all “oh, ok. I’ll sleep in your bed with you” and “Sure! You can walk around the house with that cookie if I can just have 2 minutes to answer this RLAM question.” So sleep doesn’t happen much anyway, running or not.

    My house is a disaster most of the time but I’d rather run. It will be there, waiting patiently, when I return.

  51. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:19 am

    I give up sleep, too… it’s the only way I can fit in the miles.

  52. renee permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:22 am

    House cleaning! Dishes can, and often do, have to wait until I am finished.

  53. KateL permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:22 am

    Housework, yard work and home improvement projects take a hit so I can fit work, running and a moderate amount of social activity in.

  54. Nicole permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:25 am


  55. December 21, 2010 6:26 am

    Some of my down time and sleep get sacrificed for running. I work a lot of hours and fitting in a run sometimes means running right before a late bedtime or when I would much rather be knitting and catching up on The Office.

  56. Mary permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:27 am

    Maybe a cleaner house and a little sleep, but the feeling after a run trumps the feeling after cleaning the house and definitely after sleeping in. I have a kid and a pup, sleeping in means getting up by 7 anyway…

  57. Allison M permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:28 am

    A tidy house for sure.

  58. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:32 am

    Breakfast. I’m talking those awesome Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts of Norman Rockwell’s dreams where you actually cook something fun ie. pancakes, waffles, french toast and then you eat them with your family all still in your pjs laughing and joking. I get my long run in on Saturday mornings so that my husband can get his on Sunday mornings and my kid gets breakfast with the parent left behind.

  59. Michaela permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:33 am

    Sleep, and- sadly- husband time. He works and I don’t (hah! I am home with 3 young kids… that’s work that just doesn’t pay $) and he travels a lot for his job, so when I do get a chance to go, it’s either really early or really late and means I don’t get to see him much that day. But I figure I’m much more pleasant to see if I’ve run off some steam, so our time together is better than if I hadn’t run. I hope that’s true!

  60. Rebecca permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:34 am

    I use my toddlers nap time to run on the treadmill, sometimes I’d much rather relax on the couch and read a book with a cup of tea nearby. I give up other enjoyments/hobbies to run, and I do it over and over again!

  61. December 21, 2010 6:36 am

    I sacrifice sleep, snuggle tme in the mornings since I am out running, and housework. Who has time to clean when I need to go for a run instead 🙂

  62. WendyLD permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:38 am

    I sacrifice the opportunity to go to the store sans kiddo after work and some physical pain, but otherwise, it’s pretty much about what I gain and not about what I’m giving up.

  63. Jeannie M permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:38 am

    Housework! A big mess never hurt anybody, while a stressed out mom is just a nightmare. I prefer the mess.

  64. Bente permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:40 am

    The grocery store. Thankfully my husband is super supportive of all of us getting exercise but sometimes he does get frustrated that there’s nothing to eat or we’ve had some variation of breakfast for dinner too many times in a week.

  65. Linda B permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:47 am

    Definitely sleep! 99% of the time my runs have to happen before my busy day begins. Sometimes that means getting up at 4:30 am to get in my run, but it is worth it!

  66. Carrianne permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:48 am

    My sleep takes the biggest hit. Generally, I can only run in the morning. Which means an earlier buzzer than I might like. But it’s totally worth it!

  67. Stephanie permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:48 am

    My budget. I know that running is cheap compared to some sports, but all the gear can add up!

  68. Melissa Ann Brook permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:49 am

    This one is easy: Cleaning!

  69. December 21, 2010 6:50 am

    Mostly sleep. Housework some, Saturday morning breakfast with the family, and showers.

  70. Susan Arnold permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:56 am

    I give up my one day of sleeping in for those long runs. My husband and I each take one weekend day to sleep in and mine gets sacrificed. I must say though it is worth it!

  71. joan permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:00 am

    working evenings until midnight, and getting going in the morning for a run… sleep takes a hit! (and cooking, cleaning…)

  72. kimba permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:00 am

    Since I have been running, I have noted a definite decline in the neatness factor of our home. Although even pre-running, I was never a Martha Stewart with three crazy kids, this new level of untidy is still a wee bit disconcerting. It’s okay–because the peace that running gives me makes be be able to deal with things!!

  73. December 21, 2010 7:01 am

    I sacrifice: sleep, a tidy home and drinking alcohol! I mostly miss the booze! 😉

  74. December 21, 2010 7:03 am

    Housework. I missed my run yesterday (ack!) and my house now looks great!

  75. Stephanie permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:05 am

    Housecleaning (which i do not miss) & reading(which I do miss). I love to read but I usually run after the kids are in bed or during nap on the weekend. by the tiem i runeither nap is over or it’s late and i need to make lunches, do laudry, etc. and there’s just not much time left to read.

  76. December 21, 2010 7:05 am

    Sleep, for sure. Right now, since its so dark and cold outside in the mornings, I have to get up at 4:30am every day (ok, *most* days) so that I can drive into the gym and hop on the ‘mill for 5-6 miles. And because I get up at 4:30 most mornings, my evening time with the Hubs can sometimes be lacking since I’m usually either exhausted or going to bed early so that I can be up at 4:30 the next morning.

  77. Holly permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:07 am

    Sleeping in on weekend mornings!

  78. December 21, 2010 7:07 am

    TMI TUESDAY: Sometimes I sacrifice taking a post-run shower before work!

  79. katie permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:11 am

    Mostly I sacrifice sleep. I go early so as to disturb the rest of my day (and my family) as little as possible. I am usually back before anyone (except poor hubby who often wakes when my alarm sounds) knows I was gone.

  80. JamiAnn permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:15 am

    Definitely wine 🙂 I used to have a glass most evenings, but it isn’t conducive to getting up by 5am to run. (I’d like to say it was a clean house, but I have to be honest and my house has never been clean).

  81. nicolio permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:17 am

    Housework takes a backseat. If I have an extra hour in my day and a messy house…running always prevails!

  82. Dee Dee permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:21 am

    I used to think sleep, but somehow this fall I can’t get my butt out of bed before 6… so something must give in the afternoons. Those extra things to do at work at the end of the day? Errands? Guess they weren’t important, cause I don’t miss ’em!

  83. Kathy permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:22 am

    sleep and housework are the definite losers when it is a choice between running and other things……

  84. Lori Connors permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:26 am

    House cleaning takes a hit from my run…BUT, if i am not happy, who cares if I have a clean house??

  85. December 21, 2010 7:29 am

    I think the biggest thing I’m missing out on by running is time with my husband and son…although I must admit that most days I find the time to myself quite blissful 🙂

  86. Katy permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:30 am

    Sleep 🙂 Is running more important than sleep? Yup, most days!

  87. Erica Richards permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:31 am

    Totally housework! But, I’m not sure I would be doing housework even if I didn’t run. It’s so overrated. Life’s short…no one cares that much if my house isn’t clear, right?

  88. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:33 am

    As so many others have said, I too sacrifice sleep. I also sacrifice a social life on Friday nights, as I am so tired from a week of early mornings and I also know I need a good night’s sleep before a long run early Saturday morning. It’s a good thing so many of my friends run and I can get some social time in while we run together!

  89. Tryna permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:33 am

    Definitely my hobbies. I haven’t touched a quilt I was working on for 3 months, but since the marathon was done a week ago, I still can’t get motivated.

  90. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:39 am

    Sleep and … the other “S” word.

    Sleep: I get up early to hit the road before traffic gets heavy, busses start to roll and/or the summer heat makes it unbearable.

    The other “S” word: As much as I don’t want to give THAT up, I don’t want to chaffe in a race or on those longer runs.

  91. December 21, 2010 7:40 am

    I sacrifice a spic-n-span house becuase my cleaning has taken a backseat for sure. Also, sleeping in on Saturdays and lounging in my pj’s. I am up and at ’em to meet with my running group for our long run, we al have kiddos, so we meet early to not scarfice family time if possible. My work sacrifices some, as I try to leave an hour early 2-3 days a week to get runs in…I hate running in the dark morning, I am a scardy-cat!

  92. Jill (Mama to 4) permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:43 am

    Time is the biggest sacrifice. With four kids and a demanding career, my days and nights are packed with activity. The time I spend running could be spent with my hubby, reading or playing with the kids, meeting a friend for a meal (something I never have time to do, sleeping, working extra hours, cleaning the house etc.. However, I can not imagine my life without running, the pay off is worth the sacrifice!

  93. Kristyn G permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:45 am

    What do I give up? SLEEP! the alarm goes off at 5AM and I am SO not a morning person-that’s just ridiculously early in my book, but I do it anyway.

  94. Robin permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:46 am

    Two things: 1) At work, I am always riding the edge of late charting. 2) At home, the pile of unfolded clothes — we have named it “Mt. Laundry”.

  95. Erica permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:47 am

    Sleep, and limited time with my non-runner bf, take a hit for my running…but the payoff is good: I’m so much happier after I run!

  96. ALD permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:47 am

    I sacrifice seeing my kids wake up on a daily basis and prepping breakfast (usually). I normally stroll back in about 5 minutes after the crew is allowed out of their roomsm, but I see it as a blessing for my husband. He rarely sees them at night since he gets home 20 minutes after they head to bed, and frankly we all know how overtired kids are, usually whiney and no fun. So not only does he get them in the morning, but he gets to see them at their best time, in my opinion.

    I also sacrifice the Sunday morning breakfast fiasco here. He cooks everything to order on Sunday morning and by the time I make it back, its long over and I fend more myself, cereal.

    All in all, running keeps me sane, so I think I am doing my family a favor!

  97. Michelle Perry permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:48 am

    A clean house, dry hair, and a wardrobe that consists of anything other than lycra.

  98. Leslie permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:49 am

    I hate to say it, but right now I’m sacrificing my running. Gasp. With the short days, the busy holidays, and a bit of post 1/2 marathon blues… I have not gotten out as much as I’d like. Ok. At all. In two weeks. There – I said it.

    • Melissa permalink
      December 21, 2010 8:01 am

      Me too…glad it’s not just me.

  99. Sue permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:50 am

    For me, it’s probably a bit of everything. Like others, sleep, yes, but I already get so little of that I can’t cut out much more with running. I’m lucky to have a husband who does housework, so it’s not that. I do sacrifice some time with the kids. And also some time doing work. And of course some time doing other household stuff, shopping, etc. Somehow, even with the busiest of schedules, you can squeeze in what’s important. I admit that I’ve been having a hard time doing that with running lately, but that’s changing! I went for a great run yesterday–the first in a while. And the bug is back! (This is a good bug, not the one that’s been in my families nose and chest and butt for the last few weeks/months!)

  100. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:52 am

    I wish I could say a clean house, but even when I don’t run my house isn’t super neat and tidy. The one trade-off I have made is crafting. I love to spend lots of time scrapbooking, making cards, posting them to my blog, visiting all my crafting friends’ blogs. And since I decided I needed to make me and my health a priority, the crafting side of my life has taken the back seat. Those early morning hours are the only time I can fit in my runs, and I’d rather be running, if I have to choose between the two.

  101. Maria permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:52 am

    Long-term health. I didn’t find out until just recently that the spinal fusion I had almost 10 years ago would have to be redone at some point down the road. Doc said I could run until it was ‘time’. Luckily the ‘time’ hasn’t come, yet. Therefore, I will run while I still can.

  102. Christina permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:54 am

    Various things, a clean house being the main one. Our couch is usually buried by Mount Washmore, and the floor is littered with our three-year-old’s toys. I also sacrifice quite a bit of sleep sometimes to squeeze in my workouts, as well as time for other hobbies…

  103. December 21, 2010 7:57 am

    Sleeping in!

  104. Holly S. permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:57 am

    I used to play hockey a time or two a week, but found myself resenting it when I was training for my first marathon. Soreness from long runs kept me from playing well, and now that I’m addicted to running, I only play occasionally… which has not improved my game.

  105. Sandi permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:58 am

    Like many others I wake up early to workout before I take my children to school. So I am giving up some sleep. I am early to bed and early to wake. I have other hobbies that get pushed aside in order for
    me to get my running in but it is all worth it!

  106. Kathy G permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:00 am

    Sleep and hobby time. I need to run before the kids are up and I’m trying to get them off to school so I go to bed early. Doesn’t leave much time for other things but if Mom’s happy and feeling good, everyone is better off!

  107. Jenny C. permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:00 am

    I’ve sacrificed the only thing that makes sense – a clean house!

  108. cindyAz permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:01 am

    The housework.

  109. Sue G permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:03 am

    I definitely sacrificing time with my kids. Does that make me a horrible mom? I run right after work, so I am usually one of the last parents to pick up the kids from daycare. But apparently they don’t mind because my daughter always asks me, “Mommy, how was your run?” Once they’re in grade-school, I’m going to have to figure out where to get that running time in. Based on everyone else’s posts, my hunch is that it’s going to be at 4:30 AM! Then I will revise my response to what I’m giving up, because then it will definitely be sleep 🙂

  110. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:04 am

    Sleeping. I live in Phoenix, but run the Twin Cities Marathon with my sister and dad every October, which means a lot of summer training. I usually get out the door by 4:30 am in the summer and even then the sun and heat are never far behind!

  111. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:07 am

    Some days it’s sleep and some days it’s my social life. Also lately, it’s been my involvement in music (I play flute in a community orchestra) b/c between a demanding career, family and a training schedule, something has to go. I was actually thinking about this on my way to work this morning but I can’t be away from home every evening of the week.

  112. Bretta Hayes permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:08 am

    Sleep — it’s always the thing to go …. because it can be sacrificed! Other things can’t — but you can always get up a little bit earlier! thanks!

  113. Andrea permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:12 am

    I’d have to go with sleep and laundry. Please understand the clothes are clean just not neatly folded or put away. I do hang my husband’s work clothes and pair up the socks, but the other stuff is hiding in my bedroom in baskets. Oddly enough I do know where almost everything is, and once in a while I get the pleasant surprise of finding a shirt I haven’t seen for some time. It’s almost like getting a new shirt! lol.

  114. Kristen F permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:14 am

    Laundry, sleep, the yard, that closet that never gets cleaned out…

  115. Susan permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:19 am

    I sacrifice my housekeeping skills to have time to go running. Sometimes it needs a dusting or a vacuum, but those things can wait.

  116. sandra m. permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:20 am

    i give up reading to run. wish i could read a book and run trails at the same time. listening to books on tape helps, but isnt the same as snuggling up with a good book in hand.

  117. Kim M permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:21 am

    My house is not up to par and I use the excuse “because I am a runner there is no time!” Not sure if that is completely true or that I simply am not motivated! The other sacrifice is breakfast with my family on the weekends. I run long both days most weekends and I do miss that time with them.

  118. Ami permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:24 am

    Cleaning usually takes a hit around here, but on weekdays, my ‘homework’ as a teacher gets pushed off and around a run.

    • Sue permalink
      December 21, 2010 7:49 pm

      I hear you, Ami! I am a teacher, too, and there have been MANY tests that did not get graded because my run took precedence. But just like running make a happy mommy, running also makes a happy teacher!

  119. Marisa Olsen permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:25 am

    TV time, a few extra hours here and there at work, and having any other hobbies….it’s been worth it!!

  120. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:26 am

    Family time and work- mostly work. On the weekends, when I sneak out in the morning, I don’t feel so bad because my husband (mostly) enjoys having some 1 on 1 time with our boys.

  121. lvrunning permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:27 am

    Like most others – sleep as the only time I can make running work is in the pre-dawn hours. But I gain work time – even when I don’t try to puzzle out work-related problems, oftentimes I have the answer and a plan in my head by the time I get home.

  122. Cherylyn permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:29 am

    Pretty much everything takes a backseat to my running. I am self employed and don’t schedule appointments until after 10 am!

  123. Adrienne permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:29 am

    Usually the housework takes the first beating. Other than that, other hobbies like crafting, take the bigger hit. Crocheting just doesn’t have the same “kick” as a good 5-miler. 🙂

  124. otherjulie permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:31 am

    Sadly sleep…the past month, due to festivities, a lot of running has happened on the treadmill past 10/11 pm…but it’s getting done!

  125. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:34 am

    I sacrifice the housework. Who wants to mop the kitchen when you could run instead?

  126. December 21, 2010 8:35 am

    Usually housework takes a bit of a hit for me to get my runs in. Not the major stuff, just the mundane organization or never-ending toy pickup. Often, my amazing husband picks up the slack 🙂

  127. Megan permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:35 am

    I prefer to think of it as my investment in myself rather than a sacrifice, but my budget. Running shoes and clearance gear is my last remaining splurge while I go back to school.

  128. Sarah permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:35 am

    Most of the time I sacrifice sleep. When I do sleep in, I usually just sacrifice an hr of TV time

  129. Kathy permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:36 am

    The part of my life that takes a hit for running is sleep. If I can’t get out in the early AM I am much less likely to fit it in. I don’t like to sacrifice my family time because that is so limited with work and school and real world activities. So I may not maintain my youthful glow for much longer due to sleep deprivation, but I will certainly live longer and happier with my early morning runs!

  130. December 21, 2010 8:39 am

    My hair and laundry. I manage to look presentable with sweat-dried hair but really, it’s not the same. And I have taken to wearing jeans, pants, and sweaters for many more days to stretch out time between critical laundry loads.

  131. Michelle permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:40 am

    I gave up a family dinner…When I started running, it changed everyone’s schedules just enough that is made it impossible. Now that I don’t run from 530-630 anymore, we just can’t get back in the routine. Luckily the family has a ton of other good time together, and we all eat…

  132. December 21, 2010 8:45 am

    Lounging/TV time takes a definite hit. I need to get up at 5AM to exercise and I need to go to bed a 9:30-ish to make that happen. Needless to see, I miss a lot of good TV. But that’s what my DVR is for!

  133. Anitra Gardner permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:46 am

    Since i am usually up and running by 4:30 it is Sleep.

  134. Autumn permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:47 am

    Sunday morning breakfast! But maybe that is a good thing:)

  135. December 21, 2010 8:47 am

    Sleep. In order to get a run in, I have to be outside and back before hubby leaves for work. Can’t leave these five children alone in the house.

  136. Angela G. permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:50 am

    Sleep is, without a doubt, the single largest casualty. I get up earlier than should be legal some days to fit those miles in….

  137. Katie permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:51 am

    Sleep takes the biggest hit, definitely, but also lazy Saturday mornings with husband and toddler making pancakes.

  138. December 21, 2010 8:55 am

    I would agree with the housework comments but sometimes I have so much energy after I run that I get more done!

  139. Elizabeth permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:57 am

    Time with my husband probably takes the biggest hit because when he’s home I try to get out and exercise. Luckily he is understanding!

  140. Cynthia Fish permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:59 am

    Cleaning my house usually goes to the back burner. What I find is I run and everyone else gets hungry! So instead of running and then cleaning, I run, then cook!!

  141. Michele permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:02 am

    In the summer.. must give up hanging out with friends on Friday night at the pool since I know I have an early morning run. Once school starts… sleep & house cleaning/projects take the back burner!

  142. Jennifer Dewar permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:02 am

    Laundry! (One day, my sweet 8 year old son came to me after he got dressed for school, and said “Um, Mom…just so you know, you might want to do some laundry. I am wearing dirty clothes….”).

  143. Amanda permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:07 am

    Time with my husband. Lucky for me, he understands.

  144. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:07 am

    My Saturday morning “veg” time is often shortened for a run. And evening dinners are a bit rushed to make time.

  145. Staci permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:10 am

    The clutter in my house…… Ugghhhh!!

  146. Jennifer Dewaele permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:13 am

    I sacrafice sleep in order to run… can be hard to wake up early many mornings, but once I’m into my run, it is totally worth it.

  147. Alison Price permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:15 am

    I have sacrificed doing other fun “me” things like scrapbooking, reading, shopping, etc. for the new ME thing of running. But it is totally worth it!

  148. Jessica permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:18 am

    Lazy mornings!

  149. jessica permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:20 am

    I give up sleep for sure to run more. And I feel like my social life with friends is always taking a hit. I know that the sacrifice is so worth it, and I am a happier healthier person because of it.

  150. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:24 am

    Sleep and “down” time. There isn’t enough time in the day to get stuff done AND run AND have a relaxing morning and evening! But, it is so worth it to get out there because it become my “down” time mentally. I know somehow that makes sense to you ladies out there!

  151. Atha permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:24 am

    Housework, sleep, and Saturday nights out with friends!

  152. Stacy permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:25 am

    I’m an avid reader, but I’ve traded in my reading time for running (though I snuck in bits here and there to read RLAM). I also don’t have as much time for fixing up my new house, but it’s worth it. The running keeps me sane.

  153. December 21, 2010 9:25 am

    sleep and time with my husband are my biggest sacrifices. I spend all day with my kids so .5-2 hours away from them is good for us all, but I only get to see my husband a few hours every day, so those hours I spend away from him had better be good!

  154. December 21, 2010 9:26 am

    The biggest hit goes to my poor house…it could be cleaner!!! Do I care? Not anymore!!!

  155. December 21, 2010 9:27 am

    I sacrifice later nights on Friday/Saturday. We used to go to the movies on the weekend. But now, if I’m not in bed by 10pm at the VERY latest, I won’t go at all. Eight p.m. movies, a thing of the past!

  156. Jill O permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:29 am

    I sacrifice my waistline- it is slowly getting smaller 🙂 No, definitely the housework suffers but I know it will still be there when I get home so it’s no big deal!

  157. Celeste permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:31 am

    Sleep, since most of my running is done before the kids wake up.

  158. KOTurner permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:34 am

    An extra hour in bed in the morning- I get up before the kids and my husband and head out. Its hard, of course, but worth it.

  159. dirksgirlsmama permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:36 am

    I thought I was being original by saying that I sacrifice sleep (and the good mood I have when I sleep in), but it looks like that’s everyone’s thought! While it’s true I wake up before the birds to get runs in, like it’s been well noted, the positive benefits of the run out weigh the extra minutes snooze.

    I’d also have to say my wardrobe suffers because of my running, b/c every time I have a little extra to get a new pair of shoes or cute jeans, I end up spending that money on a running skirt or race entry!

  160. Tori permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:37 am

    In the summer, I sacrifice many dinners in order to run. I have dinner ready when my husband gets home and then I leave him with the kids while I go run. The heat kills my appetite, so many nights are spent with a bag of popcorn around 8:30.

    Otherwise, usual sacrifices – housework, family time, fab hair. Last Sat, I got my hair cut & colored at 10 a.m. and then had to decline the styling so I could dry it quick, pull it up in a ponytail, and make it to a race at noon.

  161. Sheryl permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:42 am

    I give up my lunch hour and relaxed time with colleagues to brave the strip of highway I have to run on to get to the safety of the side streets at work. It’s far from an ideal run, but as a single mom, working full time…. lunch time is the only time I have. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

  162. Stacy permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:43 am

    I have given up a couple things in order to run, as I am also going to school. I used to walk with a couple friends 2 nights a week, but that ended when I started training for my first half marathon AND going to school around the same time. A year later I think I am ready to add it back, but it was too much extra then. And of course my house is not nearly as clean as it used to be! But I am happier so my husband & son are happier :))

  163. Jessica permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:44 am

    I’d have to agree, sleep. That and my lunch break at work, because some mornings it is SO hard to get out of bed in time to get to the gym in time on these dark, cold mornings…

  164. Jessica Russell permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:48 am

    Sleeping in. Oh wait, I can’t do that anyway I have toddlers. Might as well go for a run!

  165. realrellim permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:48 am

    Sleep, housework, errands or having anything except leftovers for dinner all rotate in taking a hit so I can run.

  166. Donna permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:49 am

    My lunch break at work takes the hit. As a single mom of a 2 yo, early morning runs are not an option since I can’t bring myself to rip him out of a snuggely warm bed too.

  167. December 21, 2010 9:52 am

    Sleep and housework definitely take a hit. And really they go together. I usually don’t end up cleaning because I’m just too damn tired! Even when I feel great after a run, there is only so much cleaning one can do!

  168. Megan Klem permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:53 am

    I’d have to say a clean house and well folded laundry….most of it just gets to the right room and shoved in a right drawer.

  169. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:54 am

    Dinner with my kids 2 nights/week. This is a tough one, because family dinner is important to me, but I need the structure of an evening running group to keep me running outdoors in the MN winter. I still get time in home for hugs before bedtime and I rationalize that I am much more cheerful and sane on the nights that I am home for dinner!

  170. Katie Pace permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:55 am

    During the week, I sacrifice volunteer time and a good ‘do (if it’s in a ponytail, I was running). On the weekends, the glass of wine on Friday night, sleeping in (read that: fooling around) on Saturday morning with my husband followed by missing a decadent breakfast. He’s nice enough to wait til Sunday on some of those things 🙂

  171. Sandy permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:58 am

    I sacrifice my reading time…I used to get up early and read before everyone else started making noise in the house…now I get up and run…

  172. December 21, 2010 10:02 am

    housework tends to be the last thing on the to-do list!!

  173. December 21, 2010 10:03 am

    I’d have to say a little bit of everything, starting with a super clean house, followed by my other hobbies of reading and scrapbooking, then time with the family. However, I tend to run at 4:30 in the morning so I’m back in and ready before they are even out of bed. In that realm, I am sacrificing a little time with my hubby. I used to get up early, shower and go back to bed for a little quiet time for the two of us. Now, I don’t have the time to do that and run.

  174. December 21, 2010 10:04 am

    i know this is a common answer but…SLEEP. my alarm goes off at 5:10 am. my husband and 3 year old are still all warm and snuggled down in the covers, breathing rhythmically and it is SO HARD to pull myself out of bed. but i honestly can’t say that i’ve EVER regretting getting up early to run. its one of the best parts of my day!

  175. Lauren permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:09 am

    I stay at home with my 15-month old, so I see him all day. But it’s still hard to leave him to go for a run! I have to remind myself that I will be a better mom if I go run, so it’s worth it.

  176. December 21, 2010 10:10 am

    I have the luxury of running during the day, when I should be doing work. So, then, I often have to finish up work in the evening after my boys are in bed. I guess then I miss out on some sleep, television, relaxation time, and/or down time with my husband. On the weekends I take them all with me to the trail but then I miss out on watching the boys on the trail because they are slower than me and can’t go as far on their bikes, scooters, or little feet.

  177. Kes permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:11 am

    Sleep most definetely. I’ve been known to head out at 11 pm when everything is finally done around the house, or I get up at 4 to get out & back before anyone is up.

  178. Susan K. permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:12 am

    I’d have to say SLEEP. I run in the mornings before everyone wakes up. But it’s a struggle in wintertime – it’s so dark and cold I just wanna stay in that warm, cozy bed!

  179. Ashley H permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:16 am

    I sacrifice time with my husband. Since I stay home with my son, I don’t feel so bad if he gets some alone time with dad on the weekends, but my husband works so much, it’s hard to squeeze in running and grown-up time.

  180. jord permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:19 am

    My house being as clean as it should. My knitting. Reading grown-up books. A social life with my kid-less friends.

  181. Anne permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:25 am

    Early morning snuggling !

  182. Jennifer b permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:31 am

    I miss out on cosy weekend mornings with hubby and kids. But the happy mama that returns after those early morning weekend runs makes it worth the sacrifice.

  183. Mel permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:32 am

    I sacrifice my ‘beauty’ regimen… straightened hair, full face of make-up, etc… there just isn’t enough time for a morning run, shower, family time AND all that primping! What I’ve come to find is that by giving up this routine, I’ve become more accepting of my natural self, and the inner calm and beauty that comes with having a “running regimen”.

  184. Kelly permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:33 am

    I sacrific sleep…(but like the Bare Naked Ladies say ‘Who needs sleep?)…and the cleaniness of our house (not an issue for my, but it drives the husband crazy). Nothing better than coming home from a run and seeing the husband vacuuming like the devil.

  185. Heidi permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:34 am

    I sacrifice the quiet time alone I find in my house in the morning. I take that time outside instead. I also sacrifice the dryness of the gym to run outside in the rain in the PNW.

  186. ice cream addict permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:36 am

    Lunch! I’ve given up going out to grab a sandwich in favor of going out for run.

  187. Anne P permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:40 am

    Sleep! I get up at 4:45am weekdays to get my runs in. Mama needs the running! When mama’s not happy….

  188. Karen Falat permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:40 am

    For me its the getting up and going that is sacrificed–the staying at my inlaws for days on end wading in holiday goodies–with no running outlet. I plan our vacations with my runs in mind. So that sort of ease of get up and go takes a hit. But it is so worth it.

  189. alma permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:42 am

    I’m with almost everyone else: SLEEP!

  190. Tami Pike permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:50 am

    I do my run while me kiddos are at school so I guess I only really sacrifice time I would be spending futzing around doing something not nearly as important.

  191. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:52 am

    Housework usually gets the short end of the stick. But I’d much rather deal with carpet that needs to be vaccum and dishes that need washing than not get my run in! Honestly, running makes me such a better version of myself that it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice. I always felt that way to some degree, but now that I’m a mom, I feel it big time!

  192. Aubrey R permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:56 am

    Relaxing/veg time. I go run, usually, after the kids are in bed. What I’d rather be doing is sitting around watching TV and doing a whole lot of nothing.

  193. pam permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:56 am

    Work! I totally take advantage of the fact that my husband and I work together. I try to take as little time away from my little ones as I can and end up shoving work off on my wonderful husband who has never complained once..:)

  194. shaygram permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:00 am

    I sacriifice time with my kids so I can have my me/run time… but it makes me a better mom/person for the time I am with them, so it is definitely a worthwhile sacrifice!

  195. Liz permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:09 am

    Unlike so many others, I can’t sacrifice sleep. But I do sacrifice my to do list and my chores to make it happen.

  196. December 21, 2010 11:16 am

    Definitely items on my to-do list, which just don’t get done as quickly as I may like. But a run generally trumps not-too-pressing things, and things always have a way of getting done sooner or later. I also am not in the classroom for our third child’s activities/parties as much as I was with our older two (I’ve really ramped up my running in recent years, as the youngest has gotten older). I sometimes feel guilty about that, but then I remind myself that I’m actually doing him a big favor by being a happier mom at pick-up thanks to the miles I logged while he was in school. 🙂

  197. Elaine permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:17 am

    Sleep and wardrobe. Spend too much money on shoes and work out clothes to keep up with all the fashion trends!

  198. December 21, 2010 11:18 am

    Things on my to do list get pushed further and further down the list.

  199. Julianne Hyma permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:22 am

    What do I sacrifice for running? Not much…just the stuff that running removes from my life: stress, doctor visits, mental health concerns, etc.

  200. Laurie A. permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:22 am

    No question. Sleep. If I do not get a run in first thing in the morning then I cannot seem to find the time to get it in after.

  201. Rose Keith permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:23 am

    To become a runner I had to sacrifice something that was near and dear to me…..the idea that I couldn’t possibly run. Okay, you might look at that first sentence and say, what the heck is that whacko talking about!?!
    Okay, for many years I had gone through life thinking I could never be a runner. It was a convenient crutch, for lack of a better term. Most of my life, I would look at runners on the street at all times of the day and night in all kinds of weather and say to myself “what in the world are those people thinking, they have got to be absolutely nuts!”
    I grew up in a very sedentary household filled with Ho Ho’s, soda, chips and an electronic “babysitter”. My loving mother tried to compensate for an ugly divorce by feeding me sugary, fat laden snacks and not pushing me to push myself. My parents felt bad, so I got eat what I wanted and sit around and they wouldn’t hold me accountable! Yippee!
    In grade school, I wanted to be the best “forward” on the soccer team, but would get winded quickly so I would give up and quickly pass off the ball to a teammate. I didn’t want to actually invest hard work to become a better player but no worries, because the coach was “touchy feely” and there was no repercussion for non-competitive behavior. I could claim the title of soccer player and not have to pay the price physically! Yippee!
    In high school, I did the bare minimum to make sure I passed my physical education classes. When an opportunity to came along to take an elective that required no physical effort, I was all over faster than you could say Big Mac! No real physically demanding requirements in the public schools! Yippee!
    It was not until I decided to become a police officer that I figured I would have to change the way I looked at exercise and nutrition. During the police academy, I was thrust into a realm of physical activity that was as foreign to me as throwing a vegan onto the floor of a slaughterhouse!
    My academy class was required to run many miles per week and I seriously thought I was going to either die or “wash out” before I could successfully complete even a quarter mile warm up. My saving grace was the fact I was very strong and excelled at the strength training portion of “P.T.”, even if my endurance was lacking. I completed the academy, but learned to loathe running because those mean instructors made me do something I already knew I was bad at! Shame on them! But lo and behold, a tiny seed had been planted and I didn’t realize it. The crutch I had been leaning on started to accumulate a bit of dry rot!
    Over the years, I have tried hitting the treadmill off and on to try to force myself into liking the exercise because I knew it was good for me and a great way to keep off the extra pounds. I don’t need to elaborate that point. Every true runner knows that the love of running cannot be forced, and no one could possibly be taken with running in place in a musty gym for Pete’s sake!
    So, I had gone so long with a chip on my shoulder, I failed to understand the true essence of running until I met my good friend “Jackie” a couple of years ago. Jackie was about fifty five and had only been running competitively for a few years.
    She was such an inspiration to me because she was able to put into words how running had changed her life and her health. She explained the nearly inexplicable benefits of running. She described the rush of competing against oneself to not only improve race times, but the thrill of accomplishing what might be viewed as “impossible”. The buy in came when she told me how hitting the pavement right before a college exam helped her to clear her head and relieve stress. We were both “returning students” on the path to earning our registered nursing degrees. The idea that there was something that could take the edge off of test anxiety (without taking a pill)…..well I was in!
    When I finally changed my perspective about what the sport of running was, I stopped focusing on the idea that it was something I was not capable of doing. I found a simple running plan that was tailored to my individual ability and the intensity level was self regulating.
    I got so lost in the liberation of finding a sport that gave me so much in the way of physical and mental relief, I did not know I was sacrificing that brain block that told me “I can’t”. I recently began competing in fundraising events and have derived much joy in helping to raise money for worthy causes and share my revelation with others, including my children. I’m not certain where my new found love will take me, but that’s okay, I’m just along for the ride now.

  202. December 21, 2010 11:41 am

    My hobbies have suffered since I started training. I used to work on projects early in the morning before my day got into full-swing. Now we run. I think it’s a fair trade and a healthy one.

  203. Charity Manwaring permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:47 am

    Sleep, sleep and sleep…also my gas bill. In the winter here when the sun comes up at 10 and goes down at 3:30 it’s not sane or safe to run outside, which means I’m driving to the gym…would I trade it? No. Way.

  204. Holly N. permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:53 am

    I sacrifice a clean home, weeknight home cooked dinners, and time spent with my husband. Fortunately he is supportive and understanding and encourages me to pursue my goals.

  205. Alison H. permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:53 am

    I definitely would say that my “put-together” appearance has taken a hit. Since I started running, I have grown my hair long enough to just whip it back into a ponytail & my makeup routine is barely there. Still, I have to say, I’d rather look good in a pair of skinny jeans than have perfect hair. 🙂

  206. Erin H permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:57 am

    My house isn’t the cleanest and I usually look ‘thrown together’ but I’m happy! What more could a girl want?

  207. SANDY permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:03 pm

    sleep because i need to run and diffuse

  208. December 21, 2010 12:07 pm

    Definitely the housecleaning. My house isn’t always the most presentable…dishes in the sink, laundry waiting to be folded, floors that probably need to be swept more often…but no one in my family complains. They are much happier to have a slightly less than perfectly kept house and a happy mom because I got my run in! 🙂

  209. December 21, 2010 12:17 pm

    There’s quite a bit that ends up being sacrificed. Thankfully time with my husband and friends aren’t one of them as they all run too! Lucky me!

    Our house and all the work that goes with keeping it up is sadly push aside when in marathon training mode. Most people look towards marathon day as the end of their training, I look at it as day one of “Operation Clean House”. Our house is semi-normal after the marathon until training for the next event begins (which now days is all the time).

    Our cats don’t see much of us now that we run 4 days a week. They look at us with sad little faces when we dash in from work to change into running clothes. So sad 😦

    My family is also neglected. I’m not so much worried about the adults but my one and only nephew doesn’t see us much because of our running. I feel bad and try to make a day once a month for him to come and visit.

  210. December 21, 2010 12:18 pm

    Sadly the sacrifice I make during training is time with my hubby. But he’s great about it – it’s these occasions when he understands me the least but supports me the most because he knows how important it is to me.

  211. December 21, 2010 12:19 pm

    I am pretty sure it is a toss up between sleep and housework. And since I function okay on less sleep then I guess housework wins. I need one of those little robot vacuums that will tackle everything in the house – from laundry to washing little finger prints off the walls…how old do our kids have to be before we can just start shunting some of the tasks onto them? lol

  212. Kristen permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:25 pm

    I sacrifice part of my social life to run. As a single yuppie, a lot of my friends go out after work – like every night. Instead, I go home, don my workout clothes, and hit the sidewalks or the treadmill to get my workout in.

  213. Kat permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:29 pm

    Up until June 2009, I had been working about 60 hours per week for almost three years straight due to my company being acquired and a whole bunch of systems changes happening. Luckily, that crazy schedule finally wasn’t needed anymore, so when I was back down to 45 hours a week, that left an extra 15 hours every week. So now, I spend 5 or so working out, and then the rest with the kiddos. So, I am actually healthier, less stressed, and feel like I get more time at home. So, I feel fortunate that work slowed down and I don’t actually feel that I am having to give anything up. That being said, my house is still a mess and I still don’t get enough sleep. But I can’t blame that on running, to me, that is just being a working mom.

  214. Jen Jerabek permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:34 pm

    so far, 7 toenails…and counting! Luckily they grow back, but the big one is such a slow grower. Lost the right one twice and the left one once. It’s worth it though, especially the long, expedition adventures in remote locations!

  215. Laura permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:37 pm

    I sacrifice social time and sometimes when I really need to get out with the girls I will sacrifice sleep time, like so many others, to head out to run before everyone gets up.

  216. Ryan Kelley permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:39 pm

    I sacrifice going to classes to run. Not a bad tradeoff…

  217. Ellen C permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:43 pm

    The only opportunity that I have to run during the week is when my little ones are in preschool. They are only at school for 3.5 hours so it leaves me just enough time to run, shower and pick them up. I sacrifice volunteering, time alone to run errands, the opportunity to go out to lunch without a kid in tow, etc, etc. However, I don’t feel that it’s a sacrifice at all. There is nothing else that I rather do than run while I’m having “me” time.

  218. December 21, 2010 12:47 pm

    of course i MUST run.
    so everything won’t get done.
    but really the only quandary
    is when I don’t do the laundry.

    (especially if it’s my work out gear. ewww.)

  219. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:51 pm

    Sleep! It’s definitely worth it once I’m out there (as I remind myself when it’s cozy in bed). Love the trail run too…It really is a different experience isn’t it?

  220. December 21, 2010 12:51 pm

    My toenails…..and how!

  221. December 21, 2010 1:01 pm

    While sleep does take a back seat sometimes to getting my run done, the biggest thing is time away from my kids. But, I know that running makes me a happier person and a better mom. So, while sometimes I feel guilty about leaving my kids to go for a run, I know it’s what’s best for me and for my family.

  222. December 21, 2010 1:04 pm

    I never feel like I have time to run, since I work at home and am always on, so I try to pretend it’s work-related, since I write about it! Sometimes that’s the only thing that gets me out the door…

  223. Elizabeth permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:12 pm

    Sleep, oh glorious sleep. Dragging myself out of a soft, cushiony warm bed into the cold NY winter air.

  224. Mylynn permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:12 pm

    Taking a break during the work day (small hit) so that I can enjoy a (big) high off of running. One of our companies core values is health…this is just one way I live the mission.

  225. December 21, 2010 1:14 pm

    Housework. Given the choice between cleaning toilets and running, running wins hands-down!

  226. Dennis M permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:26 pm

    Sacrificed indulgence in comfort food!

  227. December 21, 2010 1:27 pm

    What do I give up? Sleep is probably my number one thing. In order to get in my miles and not miss too much time with my kiddos, I just get up early every day. Because I’m an insomniac this might mean I get 3 – 4 hours total. But it’s worth it!

  228. Sarah D. permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:28 pm

    My house would be a lot cleaner if I didn’t run!

  229. Christina permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:32 pm

    I can’t remember my last haircut, mani or pedi. =( Any extra cash goes to race fees or some new gear. Its worth it, but I’m starting to feel a little frumpy lately. (I’m a SAHM so I feel a little guilty spending money on ME, but spending it on running stuff seems ok.)

  230. December 21, 2010 1:38 pm

    3 things I know I had to sacrifice for my run with Sleep being the main one, scrapbooking and house cleaning (have no problem with this one, give me notice before coming if not oh well)

  231. Taletha permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:39 pm


  232. kat :) permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:40 pm

    i dont’ scrapbook as much as i used to- my favorite hobby. i also don’t watch tv. all so that i can get the sleep i need to get in the runs i crave!

  233. Terzah permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:42 pm

    Reading, which is my other favorite escape! I’d love to have more time to read, but it’s not worth running time. Someday when my kids go to school, I’ll be able to get back to books in a big way.

  234. Katrina permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:52 pm


  235. Ann permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:53 pm

    I sacrifice time in the evening that I could be spent with my husband. He works very early mornings (before I wake) till dinner time. Our only time together is in the evening. It is a sacrifice for both of us. I don’t enjoy taking time from him, but we both agree that when I do run our time together ends up being of better quality. My whole approach to life is better when I run… I am a better wife to my husband and a better mom to our two little ones.

  236. jackie permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:54 pm

    I am lucky because I work from home and have run time instead of commute time. But I do sacrifice business lunches, meet-ups with friends, trips to the kids’ school, etc. to squeeze that run in. It is important that my daughters understand that exercise is fun and important, however, so they are are training partners on long training runs. So I sacrifice their and my sleep-in day for quality family time!

  237. Dorothy Mills permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:07 pm

    I give up time with friends in order to run, and practice Aikido. It’s a small sacrafice with big rewards.

  238. Amy permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:07 pm

    Sleep!! But it’s fiiiiiiine by me!

    During intense marathon training, my social life often gets pushed aside too.

  239. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:11 pm

    Yep, definitely sleep…got to wake up earrrllllyyy in the morning to get those runs in, otherwise it wouldn’t happen!

  240. Sarah K. permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:13 pm

    As many have already said, it’s definitely sleep for me! But worth it for a happier mama.

  241. Jessica permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:14 pm

    Work! As a teacher I admit that papers and tests get headed after a run, NOT before!

  242. Rachel permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:15 pm

    Definitely sleep – getting up at 5:15 every day does not make for a rested mom. But I know that I feel just as tired when I get an extra hour but no run. The other thing I sacrifice is morning snuggle time with my husband (and sometimes kids).

  243. December 21, 2010 2:17 pm

    What do I sacrifice so I can run? Lunch – since I normally try to get a run in during my lunch break I eat at my desk; time with my two beautiful girls and my hubby on Sundays when I go out for a long run; being warm since I run all year around and that means even if it is super cold and snowy outside. But I would sacrifce all of this b/c running makes me happy and it makes me a better mom. Also, running allows me to eat more and enjoy my wine without worrying about the pounds.

  244. December 21, 2010 2:20 pm

    my house…it’s not nearly as tidy as it should be…but I’m a happy runner!

  245. December 21, 2010 2:33 pm

    Sleep, but the energy I get from running outweighs the energy I lose from less sleep : )

  246. Laurie permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:36 pm

    lazy sunday mornings with my family especially when I am training. I don’t really have non-running friends, therefore, limited friends, but the ones I have understand me well.

  247. Kristen permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:37 pm

    Oh, most definitely sleep. Living in Phoenix means training for fall events through our blazing hot summers, which means getting up at 4am (when it’s a “cool” 94 degrees) to get in those long runs. 🙂

  248. Kris permalink
    December 21, 2010 2:52 pm

    Sleep, but running helps me decompress after work, so it’s not much of a sacrifice

  249. Andrea permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:04 pm

    SLEEP! I’d also say that I’m so tired in the evenings (from getting up early) that I have less time for social activities and less gets done around the house.

  250. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:06 pm

    My housework definitely takes a huge hit from my running. I’d rather have a dirty house, dishes on the counters, clothes strewn around, toys everywhere than to not get at least 30 minutes out of the house, just me and the road.

  251. Patty permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:20 pm

    I would say sleep is what I sacrifice for running. That and keeping the house clean.

  252. December 21, 2010 3:23 pm

    definitely the housework…although my house is not dirty, it may appear less than “kept” at times but my sanitystays intact

  253. December 21, 2010 3:26 pm

    Sleep, of stuff, but it is worth it 🙂

  254. LAM permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:26 pm

    Honestly not much, I am a stay at home Mom and I fit running into my schedule without giving up much, in fact I think running gives back more to me.

  255. Steph permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:31 pm

    My internet time. 🙂

  256. Emily H permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:35 pm

    Right now, it’s grown-up time with other grown-ups. I’m working on switching that over to sleep, but my little ones still have a tendency of taking any ‘extra’ zzzzzzzzs out of my hands. So, I’d rather run than go on a date-night or out for drinks. In the end, the run relieves more stress and adds less guilt to the overall equation :-).

  257. Julia permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:36 pm

    Sleep! And time to get myself (at least feeling) organized. It’s worth it though. Sleep and organization help but not when you’re cranky all day because you didn’t get to run…

  258. Selene permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:42 pm

    I would have to say that this mom on a tight budget sacrifices buying cute clothes and shoes for running clothes and shoes (not that those aren’t cute, but you know what I mean). I only have so much money and so I am choosing to spend it on running gear/shoes because getting healthy is a priority to me, rather than a new pair of jeans. But ultimately I am hoping this priority pays off by allowing me to fit into a pair of skinny jeans! 🙂

  259. Koby permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:43 pm

    Time with My Family… 😦
    ‘Schedule’ Run Whenever I Can – Sometimes that Mean ‘Not Watching’ Sports Practice or Making Dinner for the Fam & Heading Out the Door..Sometimes Gone Before They’re Up for Early Weekend Runs…
    Remind Self – Quality not Quantity and Taking Time for ME Helps Me Be a Better Me (Mom)!!!

  260. Anje permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:53 pm

    Extra sleep in the morning, and time with my family. I realize that in the end, it makes me feel better about myself, and therefore in a better mood for my family.

  261. Vickie permalink
    December 21, 2010 3:56 pm

    I give up on items like sleep and going out with friends so that I can work full-time, take care of my children after school, take them to their activities, and still get my exercise time in.

  262. Sarah permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:19 pm

    Sleep and early morning fun times with my kiddos is what bites the dust during training season.

  263. Junko permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:23 pm

    Seriously — must I be the first to say this? Sex — and I’m pretty sure my husband would disagree that it’s not a “small hit” (either in importance or size…bahahahaha). Really though, early morning snuggles that lead to…dragging one’s body out of bed for a run. Or late night snuggles that lead to…comotose-like slumber (complete with snoring — yeah, I snore — what of it?!) because of either said early morning run or mid-afternoon lunch run. Either way energy is tapped and my a@# isn’t. 🙂 Now THAT’S sacrifice…

  264. Janey permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:26 pm

    Out the door and to the gym by 5:15am… who would have guessed I have MORE energy on those mornings than on the mornings I sleep an extra hour?

  265. Denita permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:28 pm

    Sleep, definitely sleep!

  266. Angela permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:30 pm

    I guess it would have to be family dinners. I can’t get up early enough to run before work, so I typically work a run in around driving kids to and from their afternoon and evening activities. When I”m organized enough I have dinners ready to go ahead of time, but that seems to be a rare event these days.

  267. Andrea permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:30 pm

    Happy hour. If I’m going to squeeze in a quality weekday run, 5PM is when it has to happen. So, while I might miss the $10 bottomless wine glass, I’m enjoying my own one woman happy hour on the trail.

  268. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:34 pm

    It’s a little of this and a little of that…time reading books, time having coffee with friends, relaxing on the couch time. But running is definitely worth it.

  269. Carolyn permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:46 pm

    I sacrifice lots of sleep, as a mom to two young boys and another on the way the only time I can run without also sacrificing time with them is 4:30am. So instead of sleeping the extra hour (or more on the weekends) I get up and run. Have I ever regretted it? No.

  270. Callie Berger permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:50 pm

    I sacrifice sleep just like all of us I’m sure! But, I’m a single mommy, so I run after my little one goes to sleep since it’s getting cooler and I can’t take her with me. It’s just me and the tredmill after 9pm or before 5:30am…man, I need a nap!

  271. Beverly permalink
    December 21, 2010 4:57 pm

    My first thoughts were sleep and leisure time. Almost instantly I readjusted the leisure time thought. Running, although hard work, relaxes me more than any of my past leisure time activities. So I guess sleep would have to be it. I get up earlier, and stay up later, to get things done to make time for a mid-day run right now. As the days lengthen I will be able to move the runs back to mornings. I can’t seem to run in the dark. It seems to take longer to get the run in mid-day.

  272. alli permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:05 pm

    Luckily, I don’t find I have to give much of anything up to run!

  273. Becky Enright permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:30 pm

    Obviously my family time takes a hit on a Sunday long run but at this very moment I feel the lack of sleep as the biggest part of my life that I give up to run. I have a 2yr old and an 8week old so kid nap time should be my nap time but no, I feel better by a run (even on the dreadmill) than a nap so I just watch the bags under my eyes get bigger 🙂

  274. December 21, 2010 5:40 pm

    Housework! But who wants to do that anyway?

  275. Matt permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:50 pm

    I sacrifice all my down time I have a brand new daughter that gets the rest!

  276. Heather Gocke permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:55 pm

    I sacrifice a few precious hours of time with my hubby to do my long runs. He works out of town 5 days a week and is only home on Sat and Sun, so those are the only days for me to run long when I’m training. God bless that man for seeing how much running means to me!

  277. December 21, 2010 6:02 pm

    Sleep is always a big sacrifice, especially as a mom where is seems like there is never enough! (who doesn’t love waking up to “MOM I HAVE STINKY POOP” screamed from the bathroom?) I sacrifice fashion, because when it comes down to it how can I spend $80 on cute boots when that is nearly a new pair of running shoes? I sacrifice time with my kids and husband, but I love that my kids ask about my run. I love knowing that they see me making the time to be active, and I know it makes me a much happier mom when I come home.

  278. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:03 pm

    I would have to say that my ability to stay as organized as I would like at home takes a hit, but OH SO WORTH IT!!!!!!

  279. December 21, 2010 6:14 pm

    My house is not as neat as it could be but I am happier and healthier!

  280. Jess M permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:16 pm

    My Friday night Happy Hours… just can’t run after a night of booze. 😉

  281. Gayle G. permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:18 pm

    Like so many others, I sacrifice sleep. The alarm goes off at 4:30 and up I get. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would voluntarily get up so early I would’ve told you you were insane. But it’s worth it to get out there in the quiet darkness and pound that pavement.

  282. GottaRun permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:18 pm

    I don’t consider it sacrificing anything as much as doing it to keep things balanced. It just gets crammed in with all of the other day’s activities and “to dos”…work included.

  283. Rebecca permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:19 pm

    Money. I am a psychologist in private practice and I take about seven hours out of time I could be at work, so that I can run during the day when the husband is at work and the kittens are at school. I figure that running costs me about $500/week in lost opportunity.

  284. Diana permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:20 pm

    My house and yard

  285. Tara permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:20 pm

    I think it’s probably housework. I don’t consciously choose something to omit from my day, but since housework is a lower priority than so many other things, it gets cut more often than not!

  286. Kim V permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:21 pm

    definitely the sleep. the only time I can get a run in is in the weeeee dark mornings before Hub goes to work, or sacrificing the Sat AM sleep in. I get home all sweaty and keyed up to see the rest of the fam in the jams and Hub with a cuppajoe.

  287. Stephanie Gray permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:22 pm

    Sleep, sleep, sleep…I definately give up sleep but it so worth it. I would much rather get up early and get a good run in that sleep in and try to fit it in the middle of everything else the day brings.

  288. Ruthie permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:22 pm

    Sleep and well I don’t those papers graded as quickly as I used to. Oh well. My kids (both my own biological ones and my students) know I’m happier when I get in an early morning run.

  289. Diana permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:24 pm

    my now ex husband

  290. Annette M permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:25 pm

    My piles of paper… which I would procrastinate dealing with, anyway!

  291. Joanne permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:27 pm

    I would say strength training and biking….would much rather spend the time on a run.

  292. Erin permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:27 pm

    time with the hubby. I have to run after the kiddo is in bed. This used to be our time. On the no run days we have TV dates. Running has helped keep my professional life in check. This was a big challenge. The hubby is more willing to help out so I can run vs. help out so I can finish work projects.

  293. Sherry permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:27 pm

    The housework. If I have to choose between running and housework, guess what wins every time?!

  294. Jennifer Brannon permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:28 pm

    Sleep. I give up sleep. I love sleep. But I love running more (apparently)!

  295. December 21, 2010 6:33 pm

    Sacrafices for running include cuddling with the hubby on Saturday mornings in liu of a long run with group, home cooked meals on Tuesdays for the same reason, clothes that are wrinkle free… not going to happen, Some Saturday morning baseball games for the oldest boy, time for my non running friends during marathon training and core work when I know I should… but slip on my shoes instead because miles are so much easier on my upper body although I know it will make me a stronger body in the long run (pun intended)

  296. Joy permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:36 pm

    I would have to say it’s the alone time that most people get while running. I have to bring my four kids with me when I run -two on their bikes and the two little ones in my jogging stroller. So I try to make it fun for them while I have them out there for 45 minutes. It ends up being fun for them and not so much for me! 🙂 A sacrifice worth making.

  297. Heather permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:36 pm

    some degree of marital harmony…nonrunning hubby TOTALLY does not “get” running, especially when the occasional race means he has to handle to a.m. kid routine on a day he’d REALLY rather sleep late. I’d like to think my improved mental state, not to mention physical fitness, is worth it, but sometimes it’s close!

  298. Vicky permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:36 pm

    I get up at 5:00 to run. I give up sleep and the first half mile. My dog loves to go with but she cant do long distances so I go quick with her. Go in the patio door and then out the garage door so she doesnt know I am going running again. Its worth it to do both….

  299. Amy permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:37 pm

    The part of my life that takes a hit is picking up the kids a little earlier from their after school program. They love to be there and it is like a built in play date be/ all of their friends attend, but I know if I don’t take advantage of that hour to run I am miserable. It doesn’t happen every day but when it does I do still feel a bit guilty about the choice. I know deep down that nobody is happy if I’m not 100% into what I am doing, but when I’m not there to work out every homework problem it wears on me until the next run!!!

  300. Jill permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:37 pm

    No weekend sleep ins. Hubbie gets up Saturday morning so I can run. That means I’m up on Sunday so he can sleep.

  301. Beth permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:38 pm

    Sleep (seriously sometimes the early morning alarm causes physical pain!) and cleaning. On the daily list of things to do…running is more important than laundry, dishes and vacuuming!

  302. Amelia permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:39 pm

    Sometimes my home… is messy but I NEED A RUN!!!

  303. Deirdre permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:39 pm

    Some time with my son–but in return he is seeing his mom make goals, work towards them, and reach them! And I am usually in a better mood 🙂

  304. Steph permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:40 pm

    Probably a popular answer but…SLEEP. Working swing shift means I already have a not normal schedule. Good morning? No, it’s good night for me! 10 PM at night, good night…ummm, no Good Morning! Well, whatever you get the jist. So, with my crazy schedule if I’m going running it means I’m probably missing out on some sleep. Hopefully I get that Keurig I want for Christmas!!

  305. Kathy permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:40 pm

    My to-do list…but there’s always tomorrow right???

  306. December 21, 2010 6:40 pm

    sleep, for sure – if I don’t get the run in at 5:00 am, it doesn’t seem to happen. As a result, I also end up sacrificing a bit of my morning routine – never have I been able to squeeze in a run AND a session with my flat iron. If you know me well, you know a curly pony-tail means a run (or slept in!), while straight hair means I took the day off!

  307. December 21, 2010 6:41 pm

    I sacrifice a couple of things to run. I absolutely love a good Belgian beer and love sharing them with my husband after our son goes to bed. We sip the good beer (and usually pair it with cheese) while we sit and talk. But on the night before a run, especially a long run or race, I don’t dare drink a beer or eat cheese. I’m always afraid the beer will make me dehydrated or the cheese will upset my belly.
    But it’s worth it. I love how running makes me feel.

  308. Iliana permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:41 pm


  309. Jolene Cannady permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:41 pm

    I sacrifice housework to run!! I am a full-time student, a mom of 2, a wife, and I work weekends delivering babies. So running takes priority over a clean house for me because running is my sanity.

  310. Megan permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:45 pm

    I sacrifice down time when my kids are asleep, sleep when my family slumbers in the wee hours of the morning and a less than perfect house which is perfectly fine for me! All sacrifices well worth the peacefulness of a good run!!

  311. December 21, 2010 6:45 pm

    I sacrifice sleep and sometimes… I sacrifice food.

  312. Dawn Ball permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:46 pm

    I sacrifice my lunch hour everyday during the week to run so that I don’t have to take away from family time. Then on the weekend I sacrifice sleep so that I can get my long runs in before my son wakes up.

  313. December 21, 2010 6:46 pm

    I don’t feel like I sacrifice anything to run, except maybe sleep on those days that I know I better get that run in early because it won’t fit anywhere else in the day.

  314. Rhonda Cagle permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:46 pm

    I sacrifice time with non-running friends & family. I do get lots of quality time with my immediate family (who all run), and some great running friends!

    Your hair is adorable in the video!

  315. Carrie R. permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:48 pm

    I sacrifice comfort because I don’t have a rain jacket to run in and I live in the PNW. I would fall over if I got to wear that mountain hardwear jacket AND I totally need a new pair of shoes!

  316. Kate B. permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:50 pm

    I would have to honestly say that I’m not sacrificing anything. I use to spend that time sitting on the couch or being sedentary, now I’m up and moving and only gaining things that way.

  317. Susan E permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:54 pm

    Sleep! I wake up at 4:45 am to fit my run in before my kids get up. I am a stay-at-home mom and need my run in the dark and snow (MN winter!) to get me through the day – even if I go to bed by 9pm!

  318. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:55 pm

    I’ve already won a prize, but just wanted to let you know that PENULTIMATE is MY favorite word!!

  319. Linda S permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:56 pm

    Sleep. And fried food (which doesn’t agree with me when I’m running regularly). but it’s always worth it. In sanity. Shooting stars. Sound sleeping. Good health.

  320. Deb Dellapena permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:00 pm

    Since I run early before work, I usually skimp on my cool-down/stretching. Most of us know that once mom’s in the door, she’s on the job. When I try to stretch even for a few minutes, I become a jungle gym.

    But if I’ve had my run in before kids get up, I’m significantly less annoyed when they are awake – no matter what! It’s worth it!

  321. Kim permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:01 pm

    Hair and make-up. Why get all “fixed” up if I ‘m going out for a run later?

  322. Jessica R permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:07 pm

    Housework… I think I run away from laundry. I have just learned to deal with the bit of a mess or I will never get out the door.

  323. Eugenie permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:07 pm

    Household chores go undone so I can find time to run.

  324. kivasab permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:07 pm

    i spent all summer down with an injury so i had time to spend with girlfriends. now, back running, there are definitely those that don’t understand the need for miles. i hate feeling like i have to choose between running and friends but honestly the run almost always wins.

  325. Danielle permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:07 pm

    Like many full time working moms, I sacrifice time with my kids and hubby. It makes me appreciate both my runs and my family more when I am able to get my runs in.

  326. Lindsey permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    I sacrifice time with my kids and husband, but it is worth it to all of us.

  327. Janice S permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:08 pm

    On weekends, I give up sleeping late to exercise. Weekdays, I’ve pared down on volunteering time and other hobby time.

  328. Erica permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:11 pm

    Well lets see! One word. Sleep! I work 12 hr shifts as an RN. I get up at 4 am to get that run in then I’m ready for my day! If I miss my run or workout, my co-workers can tell!

  329. Beth Barrese permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:12 pm

    I give up seeing the ‘late’ show on TV, the extra glass of wine, sleeping until 6am, and other ‘me’ activities. But running was my first love…before my job, my dogs, my husband, and my children…and it is as important to me in many ways as they are. It helps me be a better version of me.

  330. Martha permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:12 pm

    Time with my family and an ache free body. I have to deal with a sciatica problem from running on roads (treadmills and sidewalks seem to be fine), but if I run with friends on the road too often then I’m at the doctors.

  331. Amy Z permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:14 pm

    nothing….I don’t think of it as missing out on part of my life because running is my life. I go when my kids are sleeping at night and hubby is watching TV that I don’t like, which he would be watching even if I was here….I sometimes go in the morning when my family is still sleeping but I always catch a nap on those days.

  332. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:15 pm

    Saturday morning sleep-ins and pancakes! Honestly other than that I don’t really have to give anything up. The benefits of being a stay at home mom!

  333. Tawnya R permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:19 pm

    These last days before Christmas I am sacrificing the time to wrap all my little girls gifts. Meh, who am I kidding…I just really hate wrapping gifts and am

  334. Alicia permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:19 pm

    Personal grooming 🙂

  335. Cindy from the north permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:23 pm

    Laziness and life-long excuses for not being “good enough”. And a family dinner here & there, although with 2 teens busy with their own activities, it’s getting harder to have regular family dinners. My family is great about working around my running, so it’s not much of a sacrifice.

  336. Jenny Womble permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:24 pm

    During the week, I run while my 4 year old is in preschool… with that being said, I run while pushing my 17 month old in a jogger. I sometimes feel like I sacrifice quality time with my baby just so I can run while there is only one of my kiddos with me.

    I also get behind on doing the laundry, but that is hardly a sacrifice. 😉

  337. Calleen permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:27 pm

    I am like many of the others and I definately think the biggest thing I sacrafice to run…is my sleep. I always get my run in before everyone wakes up for the day and that means many early, early mornings for mom! When I look in my closet, I also realize that I sacrifice buying very many new “normal” outfits to pay for those pricely running shoes every few months 🙂

  338. Bonnie permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:27 pm

    Sleep is probably the biggest sacrifice. My DH wonders why I always fall asleep while watching TV at night. Maybe it’s because I get up in the summer at the butt crack of dawn to run before work and then run again on my lunch hour too. In the winter, I sacrifice my time at lunch to run errands to get a run in and wave at the regulars I see in the park. Even though my body aches everyday and the majority of the time I have to make a pit stop mid run, it is so worth it for the way I feel afterwards.

  339. Tracey Smith permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:29 pm

    I sacrifice my down time at night. After the kids go to bed, I hit the treadmill in the basement. I also sacrifice my sleep on weekend mornings. I don’t mind this at all because running keeps me sane!

  340. Lori permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:31 pm

    Let’s see….sleep (everyone is saying that one), housework, lots of social stuff , some reading time, tv-movie time, guitar playing time. And last, but not least, money I would spend on lots of other things is allotted for running related stuff. (Non-runners may not understand that last one.)

  341. Karen permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:31 pm

    sleep & housework–being a single parent that works full time, something has to give, but it won’t be running!!

  342. Becka Gartner permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:31 pm

    I sacrifice going to my kids sporting/school events looking and/or smelling good! Ie: I am a single mom of three boys (16, 14, and 11). I also work full time. So, as u can imagine times are busy. Most after school events are at 530 or 630 so there is enough time to run but not enough to then look good too! I pick to run! My friends are used to it now, but I do get looks like hummmm she may be a bit nuts! Lol

  343. Elizabeth Wolf permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:32 pm

    I sacrifice sleep…otherwise it would have to be family time and I refuse to sacrifice that. It all seems to work well in the end:)

  344. Amber permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:35 pm

    I think that my non-running friends and my social life take the greatest hit. Not too many non-runners understand that you want to be in bed by 9:00 on a Friday night. Running has led me to turn down some parties and fun get togethers so that I could make my long run the next morning. On the other hand, I have met some amazing people through running, so I guess it almost evens out:)

  345. Melissa V permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:37 pm

    I give up Happy Hour with the co-workers to get a different kind of buzz….

  346. Lee permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:38 pm

    Running is a priority because it’s an integral part of my healthcare. I guess there are things that don’t get done because I do run, but it doesn’t feel like a sacrifice because they just aren’t as important.

  347. December 21, 2010 7:42 pm

    Nice that my running life corresponds w/my eldest becoming high schoolers. Because they can watch the younger kids for a few hours while I squeeze in a run after work. And I think about them the entire time after not seeing them all day but a little sacrifice makes me such a nicer mama!

  348. Jen permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:43 pm

    I am often a little bit late to work to get a good run in before dropping the kiddo off at daycare.

  349. SarahPV permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:44 pm

    Lots of sleep and sometimes time with my husband, but he’s the only free babysitter I have!

  350. Gwen permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:48 pm

    I think the biggest thing I feel guilty about is taking time away from my kids. Whether it’s on the weekends or even during the week when we hit the gym. I think that hour away makes me a better and happier mom. The other thing that is sacrificed is a clean and spotless house…It’s liveable…but don’t look too closely…there are dust bunnies and cobwebs lurking in the corners. Happy Trails Dimity…I’m a trail gal too but none closeby to run regularly. I’d rather be there than on the treadmill or pavement anyday.

  351. Marika permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:54 pm

    I’d have to say tv time. Thank goodness for DVR!

  352. Amanda permalink
    December 21, 2010 7:57 pm

    I would have to say my biggest sacrifice would be spending time with my not so active friends. The second would be down-time but I guess I’m ok with that.

  353. Gloria permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:00 pm

    Sometimes it’s not so much what I sacrifice but what others do. Today for example, to get a run in, I ran to the salon for a hair cut. By the time I got there I was nice and sweaty, got a quick cut and hit the road running. A hair cut and a 3 miler all in 40 minutes. Poor stylist though!

  354. Melissa permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:03 pm

    sleep mostly, or any type of R & R time. The run is always worth it, no regrets.

  355. Nancy permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:07 pm

    Sleep and sometimes shaving legs!

  356. Jessica Douglas permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:11 pm

    Alone time with my hubby. I usually run in the evenings after he gets home from work and the kids are in bed. I’m sure that it won’t always be this way, but right now I don’t really have any other options.

  357. Sarah permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:11 pm

    Sleep, sipping coffee in my pjs, getting to work with dry hair or makeup, toenails.

  358. Christine permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:15 pm

    My sacrifices are sleep and “social” time most definitely. On the days that a run needs to be fit in before school, I have to give up some zzz’s to get on the treadmill. On the other days, I run right after school so that I can pick up my kids on time and that means very little chatting in the hallway after the students leave. I suppose that puts me out-of-loop sometimes, but thankfully I run with a great friend who also teaches and we manage to sort out the day while trudging through the snow, wind and slush. The sacrifices are definitely worth the rewards!

  359. Jennifer Alvarez permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:16 pm

    Like every other running mom in the world, I give up sleep and a spotless house, but I have also given up my clothes and shoes addictions in order to pay race entry fees and buy running gear!

  360. Kami permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:19 pm

    Sleep is the biggest sacrifice. I work night shift as a nurse and I skimp on the sleep on a regular basis. I either get up early and go for my run, or (the worst) force myself to go out for my run as soon as I get home. I feel like I want to vomit for the first 2 miles, then I am good, but the worst part is having to shower when I get home. The bed looks soooo good, but there is no way I can omit the shower (skanky!).
    I also give up friend time with non-running buddies. If we could all run together that would be wonderful and I have converted a few, but not all of my best girls.

  361. Kristin Jirik permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:28 pm

    Spending weekend morning time with the family, but the pay off is more energy and less stressed mom-time!

  362. Courtney permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:32 pm

    Sleeping in! But I suppose that was out as soon as the kiddo arrived anyway. However, sometimes–just for a millisecond–I envy my non- running friends who enjoy leisurely Saturdays with no plans, no schedules, no night before preparation, etc…

  363. December 21, 2010 8:33 pm

    For me it is social time. I don’t have the time I would like to spend with friends and “hang out” mostly due to work…and I do have to sacrifice it for much needed personal time…running keeps me sane and after a loooong work-day that run is oh so needed.

  364. Melinda K permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:40 pm

    well this summer it was my cycling. i trained for and ran my first full marathon, i was only able to squeeze in 1,500 miles……tiny marbles compared to 3,000 the year before. i really missed the cycling and have realized that i love cycling too much that running can’t take that away from me.

  365. Angie permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:43 pm

    Sleep seems to be a popular response, and I must agree! I also have to give up some evening time with my husband. To be able to get up crazy early to run I have to go to bed much earlier then he would like. However, everyone in the house knows mom is a much nicer person when she gets her run in!

  366. barbara permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:46 pm

    Everyone’s already said it, but I’ll say it again — SLEEP! My alarm goes off at 4:10am so that I can get my run in before getting the rest of the family gets up for school/work.

  367. December 21, 2010 8:47 pm

    Unfortunately, right now my dog is taking a hit. I can’t run with her for now because her husky instincts tell her to pull me like a sled, and my IT band can’t take it anymore. Therefore, she only gets a small walk so that I have time for a longer run. I really want to find a leash that she won’t pull on so that we can both be happy again.

  368. Abby permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:52 pm

    My house and my wardrobe are the first two areas that came to mind. I only buy regular clothes if I have the running clothes I need. It feels like I can choose to exercise or clean but never make time for both.

  369. December 21, 2010 8:56 pm

    I give up having my laundry done or even close to done. With four really young kids and a husband who also runs, laundry is my downfall. The hubby’s socks might suffer and the kids might have to wait to have their favorite outfit clean, but hubby and I always have clean running clothes. It’s what is important to us. There may have been a day or two when I sniffed the clothes to see if they could be worn again. What? You know you have done it, too!

  370. stephanie clark permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:58 pm

    I’m an RN and work from 7p-7a. I run when I get off work (after a long 12hour shift overnight. Therefore, I sacrifice sleep! I then have another problem. I’m usually so jazzed after my run that I can’t sleep.

  371. Wendy Miner permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:05 pm

    Family time, hobby time, sleep time… I try to pull a little from everything as to affect nothing and make me better at all of the above!!!

  372. Liz permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:06 pm

    Sleep! And wine. I didn’t have a single drink from Memorial Day to Labor Day while training for my first 10 miler. I’m giving it up again New Years Day thru St. Patrick’s day while training for my first marathon!

  373. Lynnette W. permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:06 pm

    I sacrifice sleep to run! I am a mom of two and I work out of the home too, so it’s hard for me to sacrifice time that I have to be at work and time that I want to spend with my family. And I don’t get to go out with my girlfriends that often, so I can’t sacrifice a GNO! So, I often wake up before the sun and run with a headlamp. Or, I run later at night on the treadmill, which keeps me up later than usual because I’m so energized after a run. But I wouldn’t have it any other way – running us worth it!

  374. Val permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:13 pm

    Quilting. When I started running my time to quilt took a back seat, however I think running has helped me appreciate that time more. In fact, no matter what I’m sacraficing, if I’ve run I appreciate it more.

  375. December 21, 2010 9:22 pm

    I give up some of my “down” time, but it’s well worth the sacrifice! I can have down time on my rest days after my long runs…. 😉

  376. December 21, 2010 9:26 pm

    Ha! I feel so much better knowing that so many other people sacrifice a clean home for a good run – heck, for a BBTN run. The best part? After I run, I care less that the house is dirty anyway!

  377. Katie C. permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:27 pm

    Definitely sleep. But it’s worth it to me, because I know when that alarm goes off at 4:44 each weekday morning, I am gaining precious time with my amazing friend and running partner, a mom of two. I’m not a mom yet myself, but I am so thankful for the sacrifices SHE makes so that we can run together each morning. I wouldn’t trade those early morning run chats (when we actually have enough breath to talk!) for anything, even another 45 minutes under the covers!

  378. StephM permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:35 pm

    Like so many others, I give up sleep, but probably only a half hour, so I guess it’s not going to make that much of a difference. Other things I give up: a few extra pounds (but I have several more of those left); dollars for a new running outfit, shoes that I have to replace much more often, and a Garmin that I HAD to have; and the fatigue that seemed to follow me everywhere that seems to have lifted. I’d say it was worth the sacrifice!

  379. Debb permalink
    December 21, 2010 9:55 pm

    What part of your life takes a (small) hit so you can get a (big) high off of running? Mostly cleaning… sometimes there are dishes in the sink, but in my eyes health is the more important thing to keep under control.

  380. Deby permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:04 pm

    Like many other people have said, I give up cleaning for running. I’ve gotten to the point where I feel like my own personal health is much more important than swiffering the floor for the 10th time in a week or scrubbing the toilet. (Don’t get me wrong, I still do those things, just not as often as I might do it if I weren’t running!)

  381. Emily M. permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:12 pm

    Gotta agree with so many to say sleep! ( :

  382. Angela M W permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:19 pm

    Mostly the housework, and sometimes, it’s time with my kids.

  383. Molly permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:26 pm

    Obviously I’m not original when I say SLEEP is what I sacrifice. Many nights I go to bed at 11:30 or 12 thinking, whoa, I have to get up in 6 hours or less to run. But at 545, when I’m out there running, I never regret the lost sleep!

  384. Sandy B permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:32 pm

    I sacrifice my lunch break at work to run. With a toddler and a hour commute to work each way somedays my lunch break is the only time I can squeeze in 3-4 miles on the treadmill at work. Of course I’m eating my lunch after at my desk while I work.

  385. Kristen S. permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:41 pm

    Right now it’s my time on my bike, I really hate riding in my kitchen! When the weather is nicer it’s the little day to day things that inevitably turn into bigger things and make the weekly house cleaning a much bigger deal.

  386. December 21, 2010 10:52 pm

    Time with the family and money. I thoroughly enjoy the alone time of course. But, there’s always a little guilt about it. I generally run while the kids are awake and my husband is home, so it does effect our time together. However, I am at-home preschooling, so I’m allowed. Then there’s the ever present Mom guilt anytime I buy gear. We are typical paycheck to paycheck people, I am the stay at home mom, so to splurge on myself is tough to say the least. I went to target tonight and talked my self out of running tights that were $22. I need them! come on!

  387. Meghan permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:06 pm

    Usually time with my husband and kids. Sometimes housework. And often a shower (if I skip the shower, I often miss out on hugs from my 5 year old who doesn’t lie and tells me I stink!).

  388. Jennifer permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:08 pm

    I sacrifice my time for other hobbies, quiet time with my husband, housework, and almost Christmas cards this year but I cranked them out today while my two cute little girls destroyed the house 🙂

  389. Janelle permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:20 pm

    Sleep always, sometimes housework and a book!

    • Janelle permalink
      December 21, 2010 11:22 pm

      okay and scrapbooking and picture organization but running is so much more important!

  390. December 21, 2010 11:27 pm

    Pain. My body hurts. That’s a big sacrifice right? We could all stay in bed, or go to bed early especially when we ache, but to get out and run, well, I choose to sacrifice some of my body’s comfort by running. 🙂 It’s like a playground or recess for my brain!

  391. ashlei permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:42 pm

    I feel like i sacrifice time with family but i feel so much better when i run that its worth it. Its good for my hubby to have some bonding time with our daughter.

  392. Lea permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:43 am

    I run right after I get home from work, otherwise it is so much harder to fit it in. Hence, I have less time to make a gourmet meal before it’s dinner time. I am healthier and happier though, so we can have healthy, less fancy meals and a happy momma too!

  393. Michelle J permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:05 am

    I consider every chance I get to run a blessing. So what if I have to get up a little earlier or not dust or not have a clean shirt. I’d rather be out on the road or trail.

  394. Stephanie permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:35 am

    Like most- I sacrifice sleep to run. To financially support my running/racing hobby I have sacrificed going to the salon as often as I used to.

  395. Lisa permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:52 am

    I sacrifice social and drinking time with my husband. Since I still need my sleep during my long runs, I go to be super early on Friday or Saturday night. And since I need to make sure I am hydrated, I tend to drink a lot less. I am like the 3rd child, going to bed just after dark!

  396. Abby permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:42 am

    Sleep on the weekdays, cleaning and precious family time on the weekends. But I always remind myself I will function better, clean better, and just generally be better to be around if I get that run!

  397. Alaina permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:43 am

    Quality time with my husband. He says he’d rather me go run and come back in a much better mood for the rest of the time we have together once the kids fall asleep than have me not go and be crabby and have to talk me down.

  398. December 22, 2010 5:49 am

    my sleep- for sure!

  399. December 22, 2010 5:53 am

    I sacrificed most finish line volunteers by always giving them a special present while crossing the finish line, aka vomit queen:) I sacrificed my pride while inadvertently using the facilities on a trail run that I thought was off the beaten path but was actually right next to the trail as the runners each passed by and howled at my crouching tiger hidden excretion, not once but twice:) I now have a crooked toe and permanent thigh rash, all for the love of the run!

    • December 22, 2010 6:00 am

      Sorry, I saw this on facebook and replied in the comments there yesterday:)

  400. Tracy permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:01 am

    hmmmm…. my sacrifice changes daily…. one day it may be dirty dishes in the sink, a full dishwasher that has to be unloaded and loaded. Another day its a laundry pile that has grown so large I call it Rhode Island.. I am slowly starting to make running a priority for me since for so long I put Tracy’s wants at the end of the to do list…. and I am loving it.

  401. Cricket permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:20 am

    My house has no holiday light display whatsoever and inside it’s not quite as tidy as I would hope, but I’ve remained sane (so far) through the season by clocking my miles…

  402. Laurel Kelly permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:29 am

    I give up sleep to go run in the morning. However, with missing sleep it is really missing the morning with my kids when everyone gets in our bed before our days start. When I sleep in that is what I want, to hang with my husband and kids in our bed before we start our day.

  403. December 22, 2010 7:33 am

    I give up time with my husband in the evenings. If I am getting up early to run, I don’t miss any time with anyone, since I am back (or done) before they get up. However, my husband is a little bit of a night owl. So, if I have to get up before the crack of dawn, I go to bed MUCH earlier than he does……

  404. Christine Lowery permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:36 am

    I guess MONEY. I work in Denver, but live in Minnesota, and have been spending extra nights in Denver to get good long runs in rather than run in the cold and snow.

  405. courtney permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:00 am

    I know I am too late for the contest, but I still wanted to comment since I have been thinking about when I could not sleep. I think of it as a change of my priorities rather than sacrifices. It is now a priority to run in the early morning; therefore I go to bed earlier and might not watch TV or hang with the husband. It was a priority when I started running again to go to the gym to do it; therefore my money went to parking and gym fees. It is now a priority to run with the mamas early Saturday AM; therefore I decline social events and (usually!) the at home glass(es) of wine on Friday nights. It is still a priority for me to read; therefore I do it on the bus or at night and again might not watch TV or visit with the husband. Running and getting my morning routine with the kiddo done well and semi-un rushed is a priority; therefore I am usually the last one in the office; so I rarely take a lunch away from my desk. A clean house is a priority for me; therefore I only volunteer in my son’s classroom every other Friday (I am out of the office on Fridays) to really clean rather than every Friday and am considering upping the cleaning lady to twice a month. It is becoming a priority to do family vacations related to running events; therefore we will not go to HI this year, but probably a variety of locations on the west coast as a family to compete (husband is training for triathlons this summer). I am sure I could go on and on. Happy Holidays!

  406. Joanna permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:10 am

    Sacrifices… the one that trumps all other life happenings is my job. While my husband is very supportive and will hang with the kiddos so I can hit the pavement, my job as a 4th grade teacher often occupies my time. I tutor after school, and sometimes before school, so this time of year is very difficult to get my training runs in during the week. Sometimes, it’s a necessity because without the release of running, I can’t strive to be a better wife, mom, and teacher.

  407. December 22, 2010 12:09 pm

    I guess MONEY. I work in Denver, but live in Minnesota, and have been spending extra nights in Denver to get good long runs in rather than run in the cold and snow.

  408. David permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:24 pm

    I sacrificed 25 years to not taking care of myself, setting a poor example for my family and my students. Taking control of that and changing my body and my life is not a sacrifice. Running around on trails in the mountains is no sacrifice, NOT doing it would be the greatest sacrifice.

  409. kellsey permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:07 pm

    Job and family take the biggest hit when I take ‘me’ time. But they also benefit the most, making it easier to get out the door.

  410. Joanne Figueroa permalink
    December 26, 2010 7:44 pm

    Mostly sleep, well dishes, I hate doing dishes and would rather run than do the dishes. I will bribe people to do dishes for me. Run, shower and if no one picked up the slack…dishes are mine.

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