I am dropping in for a whinge, mostly. I am really struggling to fit a run in considering the problems I mentioned earlier regarding my schedule (and kids). I am really doing my best. I have had to drop the idea of running before work as it just doesn't fit between school runs and work. I am the only adult at home so even if I got up super early to go out before we need to get ready - which would mean being on the street at 5 am - it would mean leaving my three young children home alone, which is obviously a no. I have childcare but it literally just covers my working hours and the time it takes to collect the other kids (I have children in different schools far from each other so I split the school runs with the babysitter). I work a six-day week so I am already forking out half my salary on childcare. I tried nonetheless to engage another babysitter to give me a couple of hours during the week to run, but it fell through this week and I need more reliable help.
My husband is home this weekend so I'll be out again on Sunday morning, but once a week maximum is obviously not enough.
I am trying to modify the childcare situation to find a way of getting better cover for my money and if it works it should resolve my problem, but I am so frustrated in the meantime. I seriously have to battle just to get to the supermarket at the moment. The children have varying and super-complicated exit times now which has made school runs the bane of my existence. As you know my job is fairly demanding and three kids are no joke. My middle son, A, who is a sweetheart, also has a few difficulties (slight dyslexia but we are following a diagnostic path linked to autism spectrum disorder, although not sure where that will lead), and these issues are very demanding. My kids also receive a crazy amount of homework, which is ok up to a point but it is basically filling up our evenings, and A needs particular help (though he is bright and doing really well this year so far).
I haven't even eaten a proper meal at home this week as it just seemed that every evening despite all my efforts it was as if the wheels just flew off. This week there have been about a million of those irritations and things to deal with that every family has, and I am fed up of being the only one all the time. I have a ton of stuff to read for work too, and I just want to hide in a cave. And also RUN!
Thanks for tolerating my whinge! I'll find a solution, it's just I am getting impatient...