I wish I had some words of inspiration to share with you, but I really don’t. Training for an endurance run is hard. It’s not necessarily the miles that are the hardest part, it’s the managing the rest of the daily tasks of your life and fitting in the training that is hard.
I was running with a small group this morning and we were chatting about training and one of them asked me how high my mileage goes up to when the training peaks and I honestly couldn’t answer that question. I probably should know, but I don’t. I’m at the point where I can only focus on the very next run coming up on my schedule and think about what time I will get it in.
This struggle is real and is what shy’s a lot of people away from distance running. It’s one thing to commit to a run or a training plan in the moment when you’re feeling motivated. It’s a completely different thing to follow through when you start to question your goals. In most cases, that high drifts away when the realities of your busy life start to creep in. “Busy” is the word that kills dreams. I hear it all day long as a health coach.
I’m too busy to…
Prep or plan meals.
Cook for my family.
Take a lunch break.
The list goes on. When did it become okay for us to put ourselves last? I don’t think it ever did, it just happened because we didn’t make time to care for ourselves. I feel like this is where a lot of our health issues come from, a serious lack of self-care. The only person that can change this is yourself. You have to want to care for yourself. You have to be willing to let something else go that isn’t helping you be your healthiest self – a volunteer role, doing everything for others when they could be helping or you could be delegating, taking back time that is yours (like your lunch break), etc. We all have the same amount of time in a day – 24 hours. How we divide up those hours shows what is most important in our lives. Caring for ourselves sets an example for our children. Would you want them to grow up to be stressed out, unhealthy adults? I doubt it. Be a role model and let them see that you make time for healthy behaviors because they make you FEEL good and make you HAPPY.
Own the struggle. The feeling of accomplishment of continuing to figure it out, even if sometimes you feel like a fish out of water, is so much more empowering than the feeling of giving up.
That being said, week 8 kicked off this week on my 20 week training plan. Sometimes the miles are slower than I’d like, sometimes there is more walking than I’d like, but it is what it is. The humidity and the flies have been a major challenge to my body and my mindset. However, I still get out there and figure that the time on my feet, despite the pace, are going to help me in the long run no matter what!
Here what is in store this week:
Monday – Rest day
Tuesday – 4 miles (6.2)
Wednesday – 8 miles (5.5)
Thursday – 4 miles (rested)
Friday – Rest day (8)
Saturday – 22 miles (5)
Sunday – 10 miles (23.82)
Same as last week! The challenge this week is travel and camping on Friday and Saturday night in a not so friendly running location. A highway with no shoulder and tall grass right up to the edge. A deer and horse fly mecca. I’m currently debating my options and considering doing the 22 miles at home early Friday morning and doing the 10 miles when I get home on Sunday. I still haven’t made a concrete decision about that yet.
Actual miles – 48.5