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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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LJOYCE55 12/26/2012 11:35AM

  It was good to see someone take a deep breath and analyze their goals and abilities. Since your current race list is pretty extensive, I can only wonder at the original race list length. You are doing great. Keep up the great work and the uncommon sense.

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GOOSIEMOON 12/26/2012 11:10AM

    I continue to be inspired by you as you learn about yourself, your goals and how to manage it all. Keep on blogging!

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JENNIK2 12/26/2012 10:44AM

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SENIORSWIMMER 12/26/2012 10:43AM

    It's not failure. It's learning. It's important to have a training routine that fits your life goals, and we are physical, spiritual, social, and mental people. We need a balance of all those things to be healthy. I'm so glad you made the changes you did. I think you will enjoy your training and your life a lot more.

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JANEMARIE77 12/26/2012 10:13AM

    Plans change good for you

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GOULDSGRANITE 12/26/2012 10:07AM

    beautiful plan! Way to work it out! Happiest of New Year's to you and your family!

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HORSESHOEHONEY 12/26/2012 9:36AM

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FIRECOM 12/26/2012 9:34AM

    Holy cow. I got tired just reading about what you do. Incredible and I am jealous.

Good on you!!

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NANNABLACK 12/26/2012 7:29AM

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/25/2012 10:07PM

    emoticon You seemed to have given it a lot of thought.

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KIPPER15 12/25/2012 3:10PM

    Well thought out plan. You have prioritized well too. emoticon emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 12/25/2012 1:27PM

    Sounds like you've thought things through. This is a more realistic plan. You were apparently pushing yourself too hard and your body was letting you know. You will do fine and feel great. Take care of yourself. You are in no way shape or form a failure in any sense of the word. You rock!
Hugs,
Ramona

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BLUEJEAN99 12/25/2012 1:58AM

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JAMER123 12/25/2012 12:33AM

    Good going! Sounds like you are setting a reasonable pace for yourself. Good luck and best wishes on each!!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/25/2012 12:23AM

  Good for you - I think you have done the right thing.

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PCASEY7 12/24/2012 11:47PM

    Sounds like a well thought out plan that will work for you next year. You know your priorities and good luck with the relationships!

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ROCKYCPA 12/24/2012 10:46PM

    Good for you - plans are always meant to change!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/24/2012 6:35PM

    Very wise to be able to adjust as needed. I've had to adjust and change goals, too.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/24/2012 5:15PM

  If it's the right plan for you.............it's the right plan. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/24/2012 5:02PM

    Family & close friends always come first. Sounds like a great plan. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 12/24/2012 4:56PM

    Good luck with the relationships.

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NEWTINK 12/24/2012 4:30PM

    Sounds like a great plan to keep you in the game and give you the peace that you need to !!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/24/2012 2:59PM

  Very smart Leah. You will enjoy the entire process so much more this way, wen you focus on the things you said, and not overdo things. great call!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/24/2012 2:36PM

    Very wise! It is not a failure to recognize that a plan needs to be revised. Prioritizing a plan, particularly over things such as relationships that SHOULD be a priority or even your physical and mental health that absolutely MUST be a priority, would be the true failure.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/24/2012 1:37PM

    Wise woman. We must have balance in our lives. Sometimes we have to re-evaluate. While I have committed to do a full marathon in 2013, my own compromise is that I have committed to NO other races. One big goal a year is plenty for me.

Making time for those relationships? Vital to your whole being. Go for it. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/24/2012 1:36PM

    That definitely sounds like a much more do-able plan, so I'm glad you scaled things back a bit so that you won't totally kill yourself and burn out! Still lots of races, still super-impressive. :)

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MOMMY445 12/24/2012 1:27PM

    i fully agree! merry christmas to you and your family!

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WALLINMW 12/24/2012 1:09PM

  Merry Christmas!

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KAPELAKIN 12/24/2012 11:44AM

    Sounds like a solid compromise. The marathon will always be there waiting for you when you're ready for the commitment. I too was toying with the idea of a full marathon this year, but decided that it's just too much right now. I am instead sticking to the goal I made last year of running the Payette Lake 30K. After that, I think I'll know for sure if I want to do a full in 2014. It's important to be well-rounded and not let training overtake the other aspects of our lives as amateur athletes. Not to mention, with another year of running on the books, we'll both have tougher bodies more able to handle that 26.2 miles without injury.


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CICELY360 12/24/2012 10:28AM

  good blog

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SLIMLEAF 12/24/2012 9:43AM

    That sounds an excellent plan - well done on being flexible rather than feeling that you have to be a slave to your original plan!

Best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and great 2013.
I'll enjoy following your progress.

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NEWMOM20121 12/24/2012 8:48AM

    You can do it.

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DJSHIP46 12/24/2012 8:26AM

    I think that you are a VERY wise lady, making VERY wise decisions. Relationships should always be more vauable than races... Merry Christmas:)

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WILSON1926 12/24/2012 8:09AM

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Merry Christmas
Michael

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SANDYCRANE 12/24/2012 7:53AM

    Great blog. Sounds like we all need to go over our plans and goals and re-valuate. Thanks for sharing.

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DESERTJULZ 12/24/2012 7:51AM

    You can overtrain... as you said with different words, the key is balance. :D

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BESSHAILE 12/24/2012 7:36AM

    Glad to see you can adjust your plans to suit your priorities.

Cheers!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/24/2012 7:13AM

    great plan.. you can do it

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LUNABYRD 12/24/2012 7:12AM

    It's good that you have decided on your plan and are willing to change it when you need to. That's what life is about. emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/24/2012 6:59AM

    How wise of you to place those relationships first!!!

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FARIS71 12/24/2012 6:54AM

    Thanks for sharing your flexibility Relationships are crucial. Victories are empty without them.

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LRSILVER 12/24/2012 6:10AM

    Great plan


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ON2VICTORY 12/24/2012 5:31AM

    I think you really have come a long way. It takes some real insight to take a step back and do the self examination like you have. You are right on target. A marathon will demand all that you have and then ask for more both in training and in the actual event. Right in the middle of my training I got so burned out that I quit running for a month. I couldn't mentally handle taking another step. All I did was ride my bike.

The last thing you need is to have a bad experience from hit and miss preparation.

The marathon will always be there, focus on the truly important stuff now.

(((Hugs)))

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NCSUE0514 12/24/2012 3:31AM

    The best laid plans.... sometimes need to be readjusted.

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