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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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    As usual, your thought process totally resonates with me.
    1973 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I don't see being realistic as a failure. Yes, life is full of compromises and there are things (like relationships) that simply have priority. You'll still be taking care of yourself with your new plan. I think this sounds great!
    1973 days ago
    Certainly understand what you are sayin here. Between work, family, marriage, and the daily chores of life it is tough to fit in time for training. Cutting back in 2013 was the right choice and even so... you are still doing a lot! Spark on!
    1973 days ago
  • ARW715
    Sounds like a great plan! You are inspiring me to get started on my plan for 2013.
    1973 days ago
    There is no element of failure here. This sounds like a smart plan for an athlete that is a mom and so many other things too, I'm sure. It's easy to get caught up with racing. Sometimes I read all the spark blogs and think, "I should be running a HM every month too!" Or "they're training for a 70.3! I want to!" And those things do sound great and maybe someday it'll happen, but now is not that time. You are so right: there will always be races.
    I hope 2013 is a year of peace and happy training for you!
    1973 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    That peace and excitement confirms you've made the right decision! emoticon
    1973 days ago
    I agree wholeheartedly with XTINA. I, too, was concerned you were taking on too much. I'm so glad to see you've thought it through and come up with very reasonable goals that you are likely to accomplish and know the thrill of victory and balance. Hugs and love to you and yours - especially during this special season.
    1973 days ago
    Sounds like you have the right idea. Good work.
    1973 days ago
    emoticon decisions on your part emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • XTINA46
    Yeah Leah! You are so on the right track..... I was super worried about you that you were just trying to take on too much -- trying to keep up a killer workout schedule AND killer changes in your life at the same time -- it's too much -- you were pushing yourself in too many directions at once -- and it would be like wilfully torturing yourself to try and to do it all and expect that you would do it well. Something had to give -- and I am so glad you have made wise choices about how to deal with the year ahead! So proud of you, because not only are you getting fitter and stronger, but you are also getting wise about what's possible and who you really are.
    Use this year as a base of solid fitness and a time to re-evalutate and nurture the relationships that mean most to you -- and you will be flying by 2014 my girl.
    Hope you have a good Christmas, enjoying those people that you love all around you -- and maybe even doing some important healing and reconstruction -- not only in your physical muscles, but your emotional muscles as well~!
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    1973 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Enjoying the journey is important as well as the journey itself. Kudos to you for recognizing what YOU needed to do for YOUrself!
    1973 days ago
    1973 days ago
    I think that was a good decision on your part, that's why so many people feel like failures. They take on too much or set their goals too high, then when they can't meet the challange then they become failures. We can all be winners if we just take it slow & do our best at what we choose to do.
    1973 days ago
  • MOM-MOM8
    I am glad that you are listening to your body and the place you find yourself in life. Being comfortablewith your program will help insure your success. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
    It is really smart to listen to your inner wisdom and do what is good for you. The races will always be there but sometimes people won't. You are awesome, Leah! I wish you much happiness and peace in the coming year. emoticon
    1973 days ago
    Do what you can and listen to your body. And I'm glad for your excitement over running. I wish you well.
    1973 days ago
    Do what you can and listen to your body. And I'm glad for your excitement over running. I wish you well.
    1973 days ago
    Do what you can and listen to your body. And I'm glad for your excitement over running. I wish you well.
    1973 days ago
    You thought it out and the the best thing for you and that is perfect and as it should be.

    I think you are so tired because you are emotionally tired. I hope all is good for you for the holidays and I wish you and yours many, many blessings in 2013.

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    1973 days ago
    Great choices! Relationships are fragile things, and you must put effort into them to maintain them.
    1973 days ago
    emoticon sounds like a more manageable plan along with the other things going on in your life - all the best of the holiday season. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sounds like a much better plan! We do have to remember to enjoy ourselves along the journey or we will be lonely at the end of it! Take good care of yourself and enjoy the races! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
    Good for you!! You know what's important. Take care.
    1973 days ago
    Good for you! Relationships should ALWAYS trump PRs!!
    1973 days ago
    way to go
    1973 days ago
  • DALID414
    Sometimes you need to realize you're only human.
    1973 days ago
    I know what you mean. You would of kick ass at the marathon but your relationships too. Its hard to train when your busy. You did alllllot, I didnt know how you do it. You will do your marathon in the future:)
    1973 days ago
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