I know I know. It’s been well over 10 days since I posted. Honestly – I don’t know how everyone else does it. My new job is great – I’m loving it. But when I’m not working I’m picking up my kids, spending time with them, cooking, tidying, laundry and general family admin – and running just about fits in there as well.
I was listening to MarathonChris on The Extra Mile whilst doing 10M on the treadmill last week – the only thing that makes the treadmill at the gym bearable is all of your great podcasts – and she was talking about prioritising running in the middle of a busy life. I know I’m not the only one with a busy life but I guess the difference with my previous freelance life is that so much of my time is now ringfenced – it’s that much harder to squeeze out an hour to run.
Anyway – last week’s long run was meant to be 14 miles. Once again I stopped at 9. Exhausted. Again. I came in and sat on the floor and started crying where my husband picked me up. I asked him whether I should just quit here and give up on London (yes, drama queen should have been my middle name) and he told me no – but to back off the extremely demanding running plan. So yes. 3 weeks into it, I’ve given up on the Pfitz 18 weeker. I’m going to have be realistic – if I’m going to get these runs done, and line up at the starting line in one piece (of sound mind would be nice as well) I’m going to have to do something a bit more realistic. And so I am, once again, stepping back to Uncle Hal’s Intermediate I. I’ve done it twice, it works for me. It’s not going to get me in under 4, I may even have to give up on a PB (London is a harder and busier course than Amsterdam or Chicago) but I can do this one.
For the past 3 and a half years running has been central to my existence. It pulled me out of the post-baby, career-on-hold deadspace and gave me purpose. Now that I’ve entered a new phase – kids in school, new career on track – I may have to look at running a bit differently. Not that I would stop. I wouldn’t do that. It remains crucial to me – the physical and psychological benefits are too enormous. But I may have to accept that there are other limitations to training than physical ones – such as time.
To top everything off – the reason I have time to post today is that I’m in bed with flu (and a laptop). It was going to happen I guess and here it is. Hopefully I’ll get it all over with before Christmas and my skiing holiday. I’m going to be missing a few days running but given that I’ve been fairly diligent with the Pfitz plan till last week I think I can afford it while dropping into Hal Higdon. I think. I hope. We’ll see…
Finally – there’s a discussion going on at What’s a few miles between friends regarding running a joint marathon next year? Any ideas? Any contributions? Head on over and let us know.