Although this was Week 4 of the Furman FIRST half marathon training program, it was the first week that I actually completed all five of the prescribed workouts: tempo run, track workout, long run, XT1 (bike), and XT2 (swim). Plus, I got a couple yoga sessions in on my "off" days. I feel like this was nothing short of a miracle - it took me 4 weeks to pull this off!
And you know what? By Friday, I was totally exhausted.
In order to get my workouts in, I was getting up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. so I could get to work by 8 a.m. At the end of each work day, I had to be home by 5:45 to relieve the baby sitter, then it was feed little guy, play a little, then put him to bed. By then, it's 7:30 or so and then it's time for our dinner, cooking dishes for the week, preparing lunches, cleaning, paying bills, whatever. You know the house chores are never done. This makes it difficult to get in bed in time to get enough sleep for those early wake-up times.
Can I really keep this up for another 13 weeks? And then, after a month "off," can I do it all over again for a 16-week marathon training program? Is this Master Plan for 2011 really sustainable for me? Am I trying to do too much? Where is that happy medjum?
I wish I could take my hours at work back down to 24 hr/week just for my current and upcoming training cycles...maybe things will lighten up soon and that will become a possibility? But, as my Abuela says, "I never felt sorry for anyone who has a job." Indeed.
It's very important for me to make the most of 2011 to run my heart out, because 2012 will have other adventures in store for me that will make running on a real schedule difficult. But...man it's tiring doing everything.
But hey, my microwave interior is as spotless as the day it was installed, my boys are happy, and my utilization/billability at work is > 90%! Am I loony thinking I can tear it up in my running shoes, too?
I want to ask all the moms out there, "How do I find that happy medjum, where I figure out how to let go of what's not important and have the time/energy to do what makes me happy?" but I feel silly. It's the question everyone asks and there is no single answer.
Well, all I can do is give it all I've got. I WANT to do it all, or as much as I can handle and I'll just have to keep going until I succeed or am forced to scale back. It's just so much damn fun doing all this stuff, I just wish I had more hours in the day.
For example, this morning I met Kerrie and Zoe for a long run at
and it was SO NICE getting to run with the ladies. The gals were going 14 miles whereas I was "only" going 10 miles, but it was great having those first 5 miles to chat. You know, you would never guess Zoe just had a baby a few months ago!
So anyway, I'll be looking to other inspiring moms out there (see blog roll) for inspiration each day, showing me that it's possible to for us to be responsible but also have some fun for ourselves, kicking some ass in our running skirts.
Cheers, moms (and dads), & RUN ON!