Actress Megyn Price stars on CBS's Rules Of Engagement, is a mom to a (very active) four-year-old and recently completed her "seventh or eighth triathlon" in N.Y.C. on August 27th. We caught up with the funny gal to find out how she balances it all.
How did you get involved in competing in triathlons?
I started out doing triathlons because they terrified me! I’m a good swimmer, I learned to ride a bike in college and I hate running. It seemed like something I could never do, so I decided "I’m gonna do it." And also, I just had a baby and I was kind of confused, like "what do I do now? Do I turn into my mother?" So I decided to do this thing way outside the realm of normal mommyhood, and it was so funny because when I got to my first triathlon, my entire age group was filled with women with one-year-olds. It was like some kind of cosmic thing! And our society is so obsessed with working out to be skinny, and none of that has a purpose. I love that my daughter sees me running because she knows I have a race and that I want to be faster. It becomes much less of a grind when it's that way.
How do you fit marathon/triathlon training into your schedule?
I have no time so I have to get up super early. If I don’t do it first thing, it’s not happening, and it really sets the tone for my day. If I get up and train, I'm not having peanut M&Ms later.
What’s the hardest part about training?
Consistency is the hardest part, and it’s the only thing that works. You really have to be consistent, but you don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to do it perfectly.
What was your favorite triathlon?
I've done seven or eight, but N.Y.C. in August was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life -- childbirth was more fun. It was pouring rain, people were wiping out, two people died during the swim! But I was so proud.
What’s your favorite way to relax after a tough workout?
Always playing with my little girl. She’s four and she’s full of imagination. I sometimes do this dance workout as part of my cross training and when she hears the music start she comes running in and we do it together.
What’s your healthy eating philosophy?
Eat food. Eat actual food. I try to not eat anything processed or sugar free -- I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I'm a vegetarian, but I don’t eat a lot of processed soy or processed foods -- I’ll eat some if I have to, I’m not psychotic -- but I like to eat things that I grow or that come from our CSA.
Do you have any favorite treats?
I love making pea-guacamole. I sort of copied it from a restaurant: you take frozen green peas, puree them in the blender with half an avocado, and then whatever herbs I have on hand, and it is so delicious and awesome.
I’ve been making these things that I was eating when I was pregnant, they’re “energy bars” with dried fruit and nuts that I bake into a bar. And then my daughter puts a single M&M on top and calls them "M&M bars." All this healthy stuff like wheat germ and that's what she calls them.
Do you ever take time off?
There is a huge thing in giving yourself a break, taking rest days is really important. I say I work out six days a week but it’s really five, we have a really tough Monday on set and then I usually give myself a day on the weekend with my husband and my daughter we go do something active all together.