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Rest and Re-Direction

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

About a week and a half ago, I had a pretty big revelation. As I was previewing my next few weeks of training and worrying about the fact that my training hours were soon going to increase from 5 hours per week to 7 and 8 hours per week, I started to feel a little overwhelmed. I was sure I could figure out a way to make it work. But, seeing as it's been very difficult to make 5 hours fit into my schedule, I was nervous. And, frankly...I'm JUST SO TIRED all the time.

When I had skipped three workouts in a row, I thought, "Something's gotta give...because I can't continue to do nothing at all...and I can't keep doing what I've been doing either."

A lot of stuff has been changing in my life and I don't know why I was surprised when I actually thought to myself, "Maybe I should put the brakes on my training and drop some races this year." This was something I had never considered as a possibility. I had committed to this racing schedule and to my training and I was determined to succeed. I didn't want to pull back and admit failure.

As I thought more about things, though...it occurred to me that I have some very important relationships in my life right now that need special attention and care. I feel very strongly that I will make or break these relationships over the next 6-12 months. I absolutely MUST have the time, energy and money to take care of these relationships the way they deserve to be cared for. There will always be training and there will always be races. But...if I crossed the finish line of every race with a PR and didn't have these people in my corner, in my life...it would be the ultimate in personal failure for me.

So, I re-structured this year's races:

March 2013 (Tentative) - Indoor Mini Triathlon (Bloomington)
May 4, 2013 - Indy 500 Mini Marathon (Indianapolis)
May 2013 - Hoosier Fit Expo 10k (Bloomington)
July 20, 2013 - Color Run 5k (Indianapolis)
September 2013 - Bloomingfoods Breakaway 5k (Bloomington)
September 2013 - Fort4Fitness 10k (Fort Wayne, IN)
November 2013 - Monumental Half (Indianapolis)
November 2013 - Turkey Trots 5k

So, I started by letting the full marathon go. You can't train for a full marathon half-assedly. It is a BIG commitment of time and energy and, yes, money. My full marathon, and a few other races, would have also required travel (even more expensive). Frankly, the fact that I've done only one half marathon (and didn't even do that to the best of my ability) made it a little easier to let that one go.

Next, I cut back on some races that I was going to try to use to stretch myself this year. I cut my first sprint triathlon in July...in favor of focusing only on running for one more season. I am still deciding on my indoor triathlon in March (you have one hour to get as much distance as possible - 10 minutes in the pool, 5 minute transition, 20 mins spin bike and 25 mins running). I still plan to use swimming as my main source of cross-training during half marathon training. Because I like it...and it brings me peace.

I cut my Fort4Fitness half marathon down to a 10k. I thoroughly enjoyed running the 10k this past year and have no problem doing that course again in 2013. I have one more 10k here in Bloomington. I limited myself to two half marathons and every other race will be a 5k.

I feel so much more comfortable with this schedule. It is much more do-able, time-wise, and will still keep my life on the healthy track. I will still be training, but it won't consume my entire life, as it would if I'd stuck with my original plan.

As it stands now, I will finish out next week with my spinning and swimming schedule. Then, as soon as the new year starts, I begin half marathon training.

I'm getting more and more excited about getting back into running. I mean, that's really where it all started for me. And I'm also happy about the fact that this season will just serve to strengthen me for next year.

Said it before and I'll say it again: In training, as in life, the best laid plan will always be just that: a plan.
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STARGIRL20 1/28/2013 7:34PM

    I'm also doing the Indy Mini I hope all of your training goes well. This looks like a great list of races for this year.

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JACKIE542 1/13/2013 11:31AM

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L1ZB3TH354 1/13/2013 10:43AM

    Good for you! You will start having fun again! emoticon

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DR8561 1/2/2013 3:29PM

    I just finished your last 3 blogs after being away for a while. You've shared a boatload of good common sense! I tend to go overboard sometimes and it was a reminder I needed to hear. emoticon
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On your successes this year !

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For sharing with us -

YOU are VERY INSPIRING !


HAPPY NEW YEAR !
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OPTIMIST1948 12/30/2012 9:45AM

    Like so many things, as women, we find it easy to say yes first and then wonder how we are going to get it all done. You've had some dissapointments recently in your personal life which mean a larger home workload. Your schedule is REASONABLE and more importantly FUN and will protect you from BURNOUT.

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PAULAROCKS3 12/29/2012 11:08AM

    I really enjoyed this - thank you!

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ASHPATCH11 12/29/2012 10:56AM

    you know whats best for you and u still have a really heavy race list there way to go!

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TPETRIE 12/28/2012 7:32AM

  Good for you. Replanning everything is an excellent choice.

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NESARIAN 12/27/2012 10:19PM

    Flexibility in planning is not failure. You are awesome with your realization!

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J2740LOU 12/27/2012 5:11PM

    A plan is just a plan until it's put into action! Then it's emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 12/27/2012 3:35PM

    Mine was not as intensive as yours, but it led to me being overwhelmed stopping everything. Now to start over and make it work for me and those in my life.

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NAOLEE 12/27/2012 2:55PM

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SURSHIRE 12/27/2012 2:32PM

    This is a great post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sometimes the plans we set for ourselves are really just guidelines but it's hard to remember that! And you have shown SO much strength in letting some of those things go. It's not a failure or a setback. It's merely a shift in focus. Good luck in all your endeavors, training and relationships!

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PATTISTAMPS 12/27/2012 2:22PM

    Wise choices! With the changes in your life you are under extra stress. No point in putting yourself under that much pressure. Yes, people and relationships are important, and so is your health. You are already my hero!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 12/27/2012 11:22AM

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WALLINMW 12/27/2012 11:15AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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CADDYBROWN 12/27/2012 11:12AM

    Never quit. Readjust. emoticon

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PINKIE78 12/27/2012 9:48AM

    Awesome. You are right on! Sounds like you've got a plan that will be enjoyable, healthy, and filled with lots of encouragement, support, and good, lasting relationships. Way to go!!! And thanks for sharing!

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INGMARIE 12/27/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon good for you.
This plan is very smart, relationships are important and so is training and it seems you found the right balance for you ,here and now.
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GINA180847 12/27/2012 9:04AM

    Usually when we make smart choices like this it is a huge relief and then you know it is a much better thing.

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OFGREENGABLES 12/27/2012 8:13AM

    sounds like smart decision-making. thanks for sharing your results!

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NCSUE0514 12/27/2012 8:04AM

    Finding balance is essential! You've got to take time to replenish your energy or you'll be completely out of gas. It sounds like some R&R is in order. Enjoy some quiet time.

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KATHIC2 12/27/2012 7:48AM

  Makes a whole lot of sense!

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HOLLY255255 12/27/2012 7:38AM

    I came to this realization of reducing my training a few weeks ago. People are definitely more important!!! Life is about choices and I think you are making a smart move. Races will always be there but we need to nuture our relationships. Best Wishes!

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MOSTMOM1 12/27/2012 7:02AM

    Smart choices.
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ADELCASALE 12/27/2012 6:57AM

    You have shown a lot of wisdom in your decision! Good luck!


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ADELCASALE 12/27/2012 6:56AM

    You showed alot of wisdom in your decision! Good luck!

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THEIS58 12/27/2012 6:14AM

    Wonderful way to adjust to life's needs. Thank you for the example!

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SONDRAJ20 12/27/2012 6:00AM

    Very sound decisions and not easy to make. I give you a lot of credit.

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STEVIEBEE569 12/27/2012 5:45AM

    Way to strategize and reflect. You have to do what's best for you and no one else!

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1DRWOMAN 12/27/2012 3:42AM

    First of all...WOW! You go!
Secondly...there's a fine line between obsession and addiction...and passion...lol
Be good. If you're stressing its not worth it! Enjoy your runs!

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SLFGOLF 12/27/2012 1:03AM

    I believe in moderation in many parts of our life. We have to balance everything so that other parts of our lives do not suffer. It sounds like you have made some wise choices. Good luck with your races.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/26/2012 11:56PM

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NPARAKH 12/26/2012 10:31PM

  Cool!!!!

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REENIE131 12/26/2012 10:31PM

    You can do it!

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SPAQUEEN2012 12/26/2012 9:30PM

    You go girl!

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FRANCIEVW 12/26/2012 9:14PM

    Thanks, Leah. You're going to have a super year! I highly recommend keeping that indoor tri! They are SO fun and so low key. Nothing like the outdoor kinds (at least, in my experience). Have fun with it! Proud of you.

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SJKENT1 12/26/2012 6:24PM

    Sometimes our life is the marathon we are really training for. It's good to step back and ponder the truth in our present life - what really is important in the long run.

This sounds like a huge victory to me... May God bless you.

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MAEBEAR26 12/26/2012 5:39PM

    You will enjoy running! Mixing it up is key and keeping a good life balance is important and difficult. I struggle with this myself.

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LSPIZZA 12/26/2012 4:30PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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AJB121299 12/26/2012 2:06PM

    good luck

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