Back to Basics

At my weekend festivities, I saw friends I haven’t seen in a while, so the typical catch up questions came up, including how training was going.

Hmm…well…I don’t really have an answer for that. I just kind of said I was on a summer hiatus because I find it hard to train in the summer heat and I don’t have any races coming up anyway.

Sad, but true.

That hasn’t stopped me from planning my fall and winter races, though!

I decided against competing in my second Nathan Tri this year, but hope to do one or two later in the year or next spring – maybe one with a pool swim or maybe an out-of-state race (although the logistics of that are probably more than I want to take on, considering I haven’t even done an out-of-town run)!

This upcoming season, I’m going to focus on running and do more short races than I have in the past few years. So far, I’m doing:

UMOM 5K Walk for Homeless Families at the Phoenix Zoo – September 29th
Phoenix Sister Cities 5K – November 10th
Athleta Iron Girl 10-Miler – December 16th

Back to basics! I’ve never really trained for short, fast runs and think it will be a fun challenge. 

Another challenge? Tough Mudder Las Vegas! That’s the reason for the hole in October.  I’m currently building a team – email me if you are already doing it or interested!

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Overcommitted

Beyond quotes, my calendar is filled with these silly, little commitments – commitments to work, family, friends and myself.  I guess that’s the point of a calendar, but mine is getting a little out of control. Each day only has so many lines and when I’m doubling up…time to slow it down!

I write down big things, little things, things I want to do, things I have to do, things that would be lovely to do and things I don’t imagine I’ll do.  And I think that’s the clincher for the out-of-controlness.  When I’m moving something from one day to the next, what’s the point in even putting it on the list? 

Heading into holiday season, so many things can pile up and make life hectic, so, in November, I’m making a point to list and schedule with intention.  If I write it, it’s because I intend to do it and if I intend to do it, I do it – big or little, intimidating or not.  Crazy concept, yeah?

I don’t think this will make me more productive.  I think it will help make me more aware of how I’m choosing to spend my time and I’ll end up making fewer commitments because I’m honoring the actual time and energy I have on any given day

Five days in, it’s working really well.  Instead of slamming all my to-dos into a day that I already have work, GOTR and a yoga class I NEED to get to, I’m learning to spread them out and not worry about things that aren’t important anyway.  November is looking like it has some breathing room and that is a lovely feeling.

Pretty Active During Weddingpalooza

Weddingpalooza, as I’m referring to October, is truly not that crazy. It’s two weddings, two weeks apart, but I’m in both, so there are a bunch of other activities and commitments (and travel for one of them) involved.

This Saturday, my sister is getting married, and the “events” start today. We’re talking five straight days of Forced Family Fun. I’m still working today and tomorrow and still GOTRing tomorrow, so now the tricky part is to figure out how to keep training a priority when there are pampering seshes to be had, family to love on and champagne to drink. Gosh, what a tough life!

I specifically picked the Nathan Tri because it was at the end of September and I wouldn’t have to try to do any serious training during October, but I am still moving toward my next 10K, which is also turning into the beginning of my next half-marathon training.  More importantly, I know myself enough to know that I need some kind of daily physical activity to feel like a sane person, particularly when things get busy!

So, this week is going to be about balance.  A little slack, but no excuses.  Morning sweat is a must…then let the fun begin!