I know…I said I would have a post ready for Sunday…and here it is, Tuesday, and you are probably asking why I did not post on Sunday.
Well, I am going to be honest with you…because this blog is about being honest and keeping me in check with my training. And I have a lot to be ashamed of in the world of running from this past week. The truth is…
I only ran one day last week.
Ugh! It irritates me to even say it. But, as you know if you know me well enough (or even not very well at all), I tend to find the silver lining in most everything. It’s not like I really have to find the silver lining in this one…after all, I did it to myself. But, I went ahead and found it anyway.
I have had a lot on my plate lately and I have been exhausted, even without adding running into the mix. Now that things have changed again in my world as far as work, school, life, location, etc., I finally feel like I am getting settled into a groove…well, as much of a groove as I can get into anyway. I am learning to juggle everything, prioritizing and deciding what things I really need to be doing everyday, what I can be putting off, what I can do a little bit at a time, and all that good stuff. Part of this is because I want time to relax…and a huge part of is that I greatly dislike that I am always having to check my calendar.
I can’t just make plans with a friend, because I have to check my calendar. People laugh at me when I say it, but it’s true…I have so many things going on, and since I am forgetful as it is, I have to put everything in my calendar. If I don’t check it, I will overbook myself (I have had tendencies to do this) and then I have to figure out what I can cancel or push back or do earlier…what a pain! And, it is even more of a pain if the event I have to change involves another person, because then I am not only changing my schedule but I am asking someone else to change his/her schedule too. I digress…back to running and the bad runner that I have been lately.
So, I have not been running and the worst part of it is that I feel less than stellar. I feel so good on days when I get in a good workout and eat well. So why haven’t I kept this in my routine anyway? Well, for me…it is not just about find a few extra minutes in the day to workout. I want to give it my all…I need 30 minutes at the very minimum for a workout, not to mention time to shower post-workout. And 30 minutes is just for a quick day…
When I started this blog, I said “no excuses”…I must workout. And, now it sounds like I am making all of the excuses in the world. But you know the best thing about making plans? The best thing is that you are allowed to change them, they are flexible, and if you do not allow your plans to be flexible you will surely drive yourself crazy. So, I have allowed myself some wiggle room while it is still available.
Come April 5, I will not have as much wiggle room. On April 5, it is time to go big or go home. I have a half-marathon to run at at the end of June. There’s no stopping me from doing it. It is okay that I have taken this week off and have gotten things in order. I have been able to get my act together in other areas of life, so that next week, when it is go time I can worry about keeping my running on track…and not have to worry about getting all of the other life stuff on track…I’ve already done it!
So, still…no excuses.
I still have it in me…and I’m still ready. There’s a half-marathon waiting for me in June and that’s my first big stepping stone on the way to the full marathon waiting for me in October.
Let’s do this!
Anyone else facing any workout challenges? Feel free to share them and how you get through them and work your way past them.