Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Striving, and carving out time

  Saturday I ran "The loop" near my house.  It is a 6 mile distance from my gate back to my gate.  I usually walk the first 2 tenths of a mile to get in my warm up.  I also usually cannot make the entire run without having to stop on a hill.  A couple of these hills are REALLY steep.  Even my 16 year old neighbor girl was impressed/mortified that I run one of the hills in particular.  It doesn't matter that she doesn't run.

  Saturday, not only did I muscle up that hill without stopping, I managed to make it up all the hills thereafter.  Oh there was pain and maybe some whining, praying, and reminding myself that I was NOT going to die.  I was pretty proud of myself, but also a little exhausted.  But before you get terribly impressed, I cannot go without telling you that once I got to my drive way .6 miles left, I ran about one tenth, and on the first little hill I gave in.  I walked the rest of the way.  I didn't even try to run again.  I said "this will be my cool down" and that worked for me :)  I also had to keep in mind that it had been 6 days since I had run, and it was about 75 degrees out.

  Today (Tuesday) is my next scheduled run.  I had planned on getting up at 4am and doing the loop again, but it wasn't light enough outside (darn).  I am just not a morning runner...right now.  I do realize that I am going to have to start running in the mornings as I need to be ready for this half marathon on July 4th.  That BTW, I am feeling slight overwhelmed with training for.  Not necessarily the distances and work I have to do to train, but the mental exhaustion from trying to plan when I am going to get the runs in.  Which has now been complicated by a furry extension to our family.  I just cannot bear to leave her in the kennel while I work, then again while I run.

  No matter which way I slice it...something's gotta give.  If I run in the morning, then Kurt has to get himself out the door (not that he can't, it's just a nice thing I like to do for him)  If I run after I come home and let the dog out, my kids have to go to aftercare.  If I run after work, my house chores suffer (which is the case as this is the best time to run)  I DO realize that I am not the only person out there with this issue, and I am not complaining.  I guess I am just putting it on the table so maybe someone out there can relate and see that they are not alone.  Or maybe I can encourage someone else to try and "show" me they can make it work.  Who knows.  All I know is that I am carving out time.  God willing and the creek don't rise, I WILL run that half, and I WILL have that medal!!!!!!!!!!!



  1. Hi, Jolene~

    I vote for after work. :) The house chores will wait. I think your family will benefit in the long run in supporting you & your goal. Not only because they get to see you achieve something awesome & you are happier & healthier...they might even like being able to step up & help you by doing some things for you while you are out doing your training. Maybe you can have a family meeting & ask them if they can help you make a plan...? Good luck & I know you will be so happy when you finish! Keep it up! Retha

  2. I agree. After work and some mornings work best. This new puppy makes it a little harder though. Thank you for your input :). I will be needing it more when summer vacation rolls around!