Sometimes I feel like I continue to apologize for not blogging very often and then other times I think to myself that I will blog when I’m ready. I guess you can say I’m ready…. I don’t know….. Maybe I’m not…. Okay maybe I am a little bit. 😉
There has been a lot going on besides training for my 5th marathon which I think that alone is pretty taxing on ones time but no that is never enough for me….
We are still in the middle of our remodel on our home that started in April, I guess this is what happens when you only hire professionals for the big stuff and we say to ourselves with confidence that we can do the rest. Well I guess you can tell how that is going or maybe you can’t because you can’t see it but it is going very slow. We have a bathroom that is small and almost completely done and then the one that has the shower that only has flooring, shower and a toilet (it’s all the essentials, right!). Good news is that our kitchen is no longer in our living room and our house is very liveable and we could even invite people over if we were ever home to do so and we would only be apologizing for a few things undone. So those are some good changes…
We are both changing jobs in the same month which I am sure will not cause to much stress (insert sarcasm here)! Mine is at least with the same company but a new role with about a ton more responsibilities because it is running a new facility. I can do this (at least that is what I keep telling myself). I also tell myself that the people who hired me think I can do this which does help too! So tomorrow is my last day in my very familiar, somewhat comfortable role as a clinician and on monday I begin to take on the responsibilities of program director very close to home. I sometimes feel like that this is the moment that all my other jobs created me for (I hope that makes sense). It’s the role that without the other jobs in my life I don’t think I could handle but now seems to be a good time to try something new.
My other half will be taking on a new challenging role in an established company about 40 mins away from home. We are very hopeful that this will be the last transition he makes in his career. It seems over the past 5 years the companies he has gone to work for have not turned out so well and have eventually closed their doors which is very stressful on my end but we are pretty sure this place has some long term stability. Yeah!!!! So another good set of changes…..
Now on to the running part (I know you thought I would never get there!) This seems to be changing too for the better. I am doing the same running plan as my last marathon but added an extra day and the exciting part is that I am not having to do it all on the treadmill like I did for the spring marathon (I never want to do that again!). Today I went for an eight mile pace run and I neglected to look at my training plan before I went out and thought I remembered it saying 1 mile easy, 6 miles at 8:38 pace, 1 mile easy. So that is what I tried to do. I struggled at first and had trouble getting into the pace but then just decided to relax. When that happened I began to get faster and in the end my last two miles were 7:57 and 7:49 and they felt pretty easy. I don’t know how that happened but I think it comes from all the crazy track workouts and sprints I have been doing in the insane heat and humidity. So once again some changes…..
Really our whole life is about change, isn’t it? I feel like if I don’t learn something new each day or challenge myself in some way each day I am not making the necessary changes in my life to be a better person and/or a better runner. I really do want to be the best me I can be! (sounds very crazy but it’s true) I want to get the most out of my life because as I tell my clients, “We are never promised another day and we should really live in the moment and that is why it is called the present, it is a gift.”
So there are lots of changes going on in my life and as much as I am resistant to those changes because of the anxiety they create, I also want to welcome them with open arms because without them I will not grow, progress or change and I need to do that to live!
I took a few moments last night to look at my goals I set for the year in January here. What I found out is that I’m not sure I was tough enough on myself. I set a few challenges that I thought would be tough and they were a challenge but I stayed away from a mileage goal. I was never sure really how far these two legs (and let’s confess sometimes hands when I had to crawl to get finished) could take me.
In the back of my mind I was thinking I could try to make a goal of 1200 miles in a year but I never wrote it down. I guess you can say I just let things happen. Well last night I took a look at my miles. I was shocked. I never thought I would run as far as I have. As of today (after my 10 mile treadmill run at the gym because there was no way I was going to get outside in the cold, windy conditions) my grand total is 1054.59 miles. Holy crap! If I stay with the goal of 1200 miles, I should be able to actually hit that by the end of the month or close. Then I can take next month off right?! Well, we all know that will never happen! Life is too busy and crazy for me to stop running! How will I process all the crazy?
Here is how my goals have gone:
- Complete my first trilogy of half-marathons hosted by BA Events (already signed up for the first one in February.) – Completed it at the beginning of October! Can’t wait to get my “free” jacket in February.
- Run my second marathon and make it a much better marathon than my first in regards to preparation. – Well the second marathon was not so good and in fact it was my worse time ever but my 3rd marathon that I ran (and didn’t include in my goals because I didn’t plan on doing it until May) was my best marathon ever! So much fun, found a new friend and now I’ve signed up for OKC in April and hoping for an even better finish.
- Continue with my at least one race a month so I have a goal for each month to keep me motivated to run. – 3 more races planned – 2 for November and 1 for December. I did pretty good with this. I did not run a race in July or August due to how hot it was but I did 3 run/races in June and will still finish the year 14 races in the books! I would say that’s pretty good and I am motivated to keep going. Already looking for and signing up for races next year!
- Actively participate in my new running club (all signed up but haven’t done a run with them) – I did a few races with them this summer which is not great participation but I will keep my membership up and see if I can be involved with a few more next year.
- Enjoy running! – OH yes I do. I am having a lot of fun, learning to relax at races and not take them so seriously and wonderful things are happening. I love the running community!
I guess I will add on with number 6: 1200 miles for the year. What a crazy number! I wonder what next years will be?