Friday, August 17, 2012

Flashback Friday: What Was it Like?

To be fit. To be at a comfortable weight. To be able run for hours. To be eager to get outside. To have a exercise routine. To look forward to races. To feel proud of my endurance. To feel confident. To follow a training plan. To have motivation. To experience utter exhaustion. To give my all. To fight back tears when I knew the end was near. To meet a challenge. To overcome. To finish. For all of these things, what was it like?

This year's running goals have been more a struggle than I anticipated. After a low year in 2011, it seemed a foregone conclusion that it would be easy to bounce back in 2012.

Part of my demotivation is a result of the hot and dry summer. The temperatures have been unbearable during my usual afternoon running times. It's easier said than done for me to wake up early in the morning to log my miles.

Another struggle has been my inability to find balance between running, work, family, house duties and other hobbies. I know there are plenty of you out there who deal with all this and more, but being a newlywed and new homeowner and new work responsibilities this year have been a difficult load to manage.

When I look back on this year, I'll likely see these challenges as trivial. But right now, I'm enduring an adjustment period. Running was the unfortunate casualty.

Back Talk
Wherein our travels are delayed

MCM Mama doesn't care if the game is on, but would rather know more about my work trip: "Where in Wisconsin? Hope you are enjoying some of the local brews!"

Answer: Well, it involved some football stadium.
The Cleveland Browns would win here 35-10 the next day.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates! Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!


TNTcoach Ken said...

Ah yes, the good old days! Relax, you have many years and miles left in that body and that was a crappy game at Lambeau. Go Pack!

Linda said...

this too shall pass. it will come back. as a newly divorced single mom, ran my first marathon at 50, and 5 marys later, sidelined with an injury.

life happens. no need to worry. enjoy your new bride. you're a stellar runner, and it will come back.

Jess said...

You're experiencing a classic "slow down" period. Supposedly, most people have at least 4: college, marriage, children, death of a parent. Major life changes like these make it difficult to maintain routine.

But as you know, new will eventually become normal and it'll be easier to return to something like running.