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Catching up on the weekend?  I ran a marathon (here’s the recap)!


Morning, lovelies!  And so another week begins.  I can’t believe the Spinx marathon has come and gone!  And while I’m still basking in glory of a race well ran, I can’t help but to ask… What’s next?  Mostly because I need to organize my calendar.  🙂


The question on my mind when I crossed the finish line was, “So – are you going to do that other marathon you’re signed up for?  You know – the one in 6 weeks?”  I was originally just going to do December’s Thunder Road, but then I decided I could get ready faster and preferred to do the less hilly, less chilly Spinx. 


(In the oatmeal bowl:  1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, and a banana.  Toppings include brown sugar and a question mark of almonds.)


The answer: NO to Thunder Road marathon.  Surprising, right? 


I’m a little nuts about my hobby (racing), but I’m also realistic.  I do think it’s physically possible to do two marathons six weeks apart; however, my work schedule is about to rev up in an awesome way, and running for 35 miles a week just isn’t going to happen.  I’ll be out of town for three major speaking events for the next three weeks, and traveling + presenting is really tiring.


Endurance running, while fun, is also time-consuming and exhausting, and not everyone at every moment in their lives has the time to commit to a marathon.  My personal mantra is, “Don’t set yourself up to fail,” and that lesson applies to running, work, family, friends, and life in general.  I have a habit of taking on too much, and it’s not healthy (mentally or physically).   Right now, I just shouldn’t commit to another marathon.


I’m waffling between dropping down to the Jingle Jog 5K or the Half Marathon.  I’m leaning towards the Half because I already paid $90 for the entry fees – that’s an expensive 5K! :) 


So – that’s it! And I feel more than OK with my decision.  I just wanted to share my thought process because I really believe one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to 1) not set yourself up to fail; 2) give yourself permission to ‘do less’; and 3) be flexible with fitness in accordance to what’s going on in your life.


What’s currently taking priority in your life?  What do you wish you could give more focus to?



  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 1, 2010, 9:17 am

    Currently, Jason is my top priority: he works 50+ hrs per week, is in school full time and commutes for 2 hours per day. Anything I can do to support him is what I am focusing on.

    I wish I could focus more on what I want to do, which is, I don’t know! I don’t really know where I fit or what I want to do.

    I think you are smart to not run another marathon in 6 weeks!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 1, 2010, 9:19 am

    If I were you, I’d probably do the half. Like you said, $90 is a lot for a 5km and a full marathon might be a bit more than your body can take right now. Currently in my life, expanding my social circle is taking priority (since I am no longer a university student.. weird) and strength training. I used to be a major cardio queen, but am realizing now how much I actually really love strength training. I’m also working towards 2 health/fitness/nutrition certifications which I plan to have complete by the end of this year (fingers crossed!) Have a great day!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life November 1, 2010, 9:19 am

    It’s good to know your limits. I half a half marathon on Saturday so I’m focusing on that, but after Saturday I think I’m going to stick to 5ks until I decide to train for my marathon. I really want to focus on school right now.

  • Kelly November 1, 2010, 9:20 am

    I honestly can’t wait until training is over. three more weeks until my half! Nothing wrong with dropping down to the half or 5k. Can’t wait to hear more about your speaking engagements and travels!

  • Jenny November 1, 2010, 9:20 am

    This research midterm paper that I keep putting off by reading blogs! haha

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 1, 2010, 9:21 am

    Currently, I’m focusing on figuring out how to balance work, life, exercise, church, and other things all at once. Life is always a work in progress. Sometimes, I wish I could spend more time focusing on “self-discovery” — meaning a vacation during which I could just do all “me” things and not have responsibilities and obligations to other people. I could write, exercise, cook, and just sort of “be.”

  • Evan Thomas November 1, 2010, 9:22 am

    I wish I could focus more on cooking, both just for myself and learning and getting better at different techniques for the future. Instead, I really need to be focusing on writing essays about Roman Civil Wars and Frankenstein. It’s a balancing act.

  • beth November 1, 2010, 9:23 am

    congrats on spinx; it sounds like you are really pleased with how well it went and not throwing another in the mix for a while is a good idea. relax and enjoy your job well done.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 1, 2010, 9:24 am

    Your attitude and approach to fitness and life always make me smile. I love how realistic you are. Plus, then you get to end on that high note from this weekend. 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 1, 2010, 9:25 am

    I need to find time to focus on me and my work. I feel like I never give that the time or attention I should. I have never been a goal setter but I feel like I need to be now if I want to accomplish the things I want to accomplish.

  • Ramona November 1, 2010, 9:26 am

    I, too, am trying to figure out how to balance school, exercise, church, etc. I wish I could give more attention to running. I hurt my knee and now I’m kind of afraid to run too far on it. I can’t wait to get my confidence back, though! 🙂

  • Kelly November 1, 2010, 9:26 am

    That’s a smart decision. I would go ahead and do the half. I love half marathons because they don’t take an insane amount to train for and they are a good distance.

  • Amy November 1, 2010, 9:26 am

    Hey! My priorities are trying to stay happy and healthy always. Like you 🙂 Love the website Caitlin! Please check out my comedy blog if you get a sec 🙂

  • Joanne November 1, 2010, 9:29 am

    Work is priority. It pays the bills and offers the challenge that I need in my life.
    I wish I could spend more time focusing on baking and exercise.
    Oh well, responsibility take priority.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 1, 2010, 9:29 am

    So very true. You can’t commit yourself to too much or you will spread yourself too thin and you will lose focus. It’s great that you are realistic about your ability to make commitments and stick with them 😀

  • Gracie (complicated day) November 1, 2010, 9:29 am

    Aw, too bad, I’m flying in to visit a friend and running Thunder Road! Do you think maybe you could drop down to the half?

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 9:31 am

      Oh cool! We’ll have to get together.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 1, 2010, 9:30 am

    right now i’m focusing on school and my husband. i have a ton of school work to do right now & can’t wait for christmas break.

  • Amanda November 1, 2010, 9:30 am

    Congrats on the marathon! Good luck to whichever race you decide on!

  • Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances November 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    I think you have a half in you, no matter what you do until then. It’s a good idea to drop down now so you don’t have a big question mark hanging over your head for the next few weeks and then unneccesarily stress yourself out!

  • Wei-Wei November 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    “Give yourself permission to do less” – incredibly true. I want to focus more on my social life at school, and it’s leading me to end a relationship that might be a little much for me to handle right now… wish me luck. And I think you made a very smart decision!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    A truly wonderful gift to give yourself- to do less + to not set yourself up for failure! Why is it that we so easily forget how important that is! 🙂

    I think your choice fits you perfectly. The half will still be a fun challenge but will require much less time/effort/sacrifice for you. Work seems to be a huge priority right now!

    My priority is to focus on my wellness + fitness coaching business! (without ever losing sight of my whole self, my nutrition, my fitness needs.) it’s a balance!

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen November 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    I am fixing to rev up my yoga routine. Since I’m having a lot of trouble with my knees and hips, this will be perfect for me to lengthen and stregthen and practice some meditation!

  • Liz November 1, 2010, 9:36 am

    Great post and solid advice. My current priority is my reseacrh/career (I am working on my phd) but I’m realizing that I have been neglecting some friends and not being a very good girlfriend when my work starts to pick up. Nedd to work on that for sure!

  • aubrey @ italktofood November 1, 2010, 9:39 am

    Woah! I can’t imagine doing another marathon so soon! I think doing the 5k would be fun for you.

    I am currently on an externship(internship) for 4 months working in a kitchen. It has been a full time job, but I am still able to run before my 8 hour work days on my feet.

    I really wish I had more time to do a race or travel. All I do is run and work. I can’t complain, I love work and the weather here in northern california is beautiful….but hearing about your marathon made me want to do one so bad!
    Maybe after my externship 🙂

  • Shari November 1, 2010, 9:40 am

    I just looked at your presentation schedule — Villanova! You’ll love it there. PA is so pretty this time of year 🙂

    My current priority is definitely finishing up the editing on my novel. So excited to start submitting to agents!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 1, 2010, 9:42 am

    well, I quit my job on Friday so that I could be an official full-time stay-at-home mom so I’d have to say that’s my #1 priority right now. 🙂

  • Kaitlin W. November 1, 2010, 9:45 am

    Ah! You’re coming to Villanova–that’s right down the street from me. Do you have details about your presentation yet?

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 9:51 am

      I don’t! But I will soon and I’ll update it 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 1, 2010, 9:46 am

    It is hard to say “no” to something you enjoy doing (racing), but I’m glad you thought through your decision.

  • Carolyn @ EatWell. LiveWell. BeWell. November 1, 2010, 9:46 am

    Was training for a triathlon and half marathon. Just did the triathlon. It felt freeing after that to not have to focus on three sports and brick workouts.

    Now, I’m focusing on the half.

    I can’t wait till it is over and I run sub 2:00 🙂 and then I have one month to do whatever workout I want….

    Training for a 15k begins Jan 1.

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing November 1, 2010, 9:47 am

    Right now I’m planning on doing a 10 miler on Dec. 4th. I waited to sign up until I saw how I did at last Saturday’s Wicked 10K. Luckily it went well! 🙂 If the 10 miler goes well, then I’m thinking of signing up with Team in Training for a half marathon.

  • Lauren @ laurenINlawrence November 1, 2010, 9:48 am

    I’m totally on board with what you’re thinking. I ran a half marathon two weeks ago, and had planned to do another one in late November (the end of the running season in Kansas City) but decided to back out this past weekend…luckily I hadn’t paid for it yet. Training is exhausting, and right now I need to focus on getting through my first semester of law school and just keeping fit without worrying about mileage and speed. And with that….back to studying!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 1, 2010, 9:53 am

    It definitely seems like you’re making the right decision to not do that other marathon. Smart choice!

  • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 9:53 am

    I love that you are taking a healthy and smart approach to this.

    I’ll be honest, the thought of whether or not to run my second half in January is taking up a LOT of priority in my mind right now. I’m pretty much terrified but at the same time I think it could be good for me. We’ll see!

  • Becky November 1, 2010, 9:54 am

    I wish I could give a little more time to my friends and family right now, but with long work hours and marathon training, there’s very little extra time. I know that right now, training for this goal is very important to me and in a way, I appreciate my time with friends even more now! The holidays are right around the corner and I know we’ll all have tons of time to be together. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner November 1, 2010, 9:56 am

    good decision! so many people pack marathon training into an already busy schedule and they just get burnt out. wheres the fun in that?
    cant wait to hear more about your upcoming work! sounds exciting. if you ever need a secretary in a german costume, let me know.

  • Whitney November 1, 2010, 10:06 am

    I plan on running the TR half too! 🙂 I think it’s smart to drop down after such a great marathon this past weekend! Congratulations! 🙂

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life November 1, 2010, 10:07 am

    Such a smart decision! Setting yourself up for failure is def not the way to go. I think the half would be fun! My current priority is finishing school and just enjoying the last weeks of having an amazingly flexible schedule 🙂

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 1, 2010, 10:08 am

    I have a tendency to take on too much as well. I used to do this A LOT, but after I had to quit one of my four jobs one year in university, I started giving myself permission to do much less. It makes life so much easier, and you don’t have to feel guilty when you inevitably drop the ball on something after taking on too much.

  • Nikki November 1, 2010, 10:14 am

    Hi Caitlin, I love that leaf bowl (I’m thinking they’ll be a great gift for my mom)…where did you get them??

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 10:28 am

      Marshall’s but like 3 years ago!

      • Nikki November 1, 2010, 10:30 am

        Oh well, I guess I’ll have to shop around! Thanks anyways.

  • Mariel (fabfitorflab) November 1, 2010, 10:15 am

    Taking on too much is also something that I have a bad habit of doing. However, in recent years I’ve gotten a lot better, and since my boyfriend and I just moved across country to Phoenix, AZ. Right now I’m focusing on us making a life here, my new job and taking in all that Phoenix has to offer. But in the meantime I’m learning how to balance that with healthy eating, running, yoga and making time for friends, family and most importantly me. It’s an uphill battle, but I think I can do it! 🙂
    Great job on the marathon, and good luck with the 1/2! Good news is, you’ve already gotten yourself there training wise, so prepping for the 1/2 should be easy as pie! (ha!)

  • Janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 1, 2010, 10:17 am

    Great decision!! I could not agree more with you! Right now my job as a high school teacher is my number one priority but that means that running and relaxing are my number one priority for three months a year during the summer!
    Great job on your marathon and way to play it safe when you love racing so much!

  • Camille November 1, 2010, 10:30 am

    After being injured in my last marathon, my recovery is taking priority right now. Even though I am dying to go run, I know that if I am going to be able to run the Eugene Marathon on May 1, then I need to take care of this problem before I can even think of training.

  • Heather November 1, 2010, 10:32 am

    I dont blame you at all, I think the half would be fun for you to do and I am sure you will do well!

  • Eileen November 1, 2010, 10:36 am

    Contests Caitlin on the marathon!

    Thanks for posting this! I am learning how not to set myself up for failure as well as realizing sometimes you can’t do everything and learning to accept that.

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 1, 2010, 10:37 am

    I love that leaf dish 🙂 I think it’s great that you know your limits and recognize them. It’s best to listen to your body, and that’s something I’m trying to do constantly (even if it does require me to satisfy those chocolate cravings…) 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers November 1, 2010, 10:45 am

    I love how you know & assess your priorities. And I love that mantra 😉

  • Babycakes November 1, 2010, 10:45 am

    Grad school is currently taking priority in my life, and it has been for the past 4 years. I am SO happy to be graduating this May so I can have more balance in my life. Things I am looking forward to giving more focus to once I finish grad school include family, friends, FUN, exercise, skating (I’m a figure skater), reading books that aren’t text books!, traveling, and vegan cooking/baking.

  • lisasfoods November 1, 2010, 10:48 am

    My priority right now is an ebook I’m working on that’s going to be out in mid-December. And taking yoga classes again.

    It’s funny – I am currently unemployed (I’m in the education field), and while looking for jobs, I’ve been putting a lot of time into my writing, a huge passion of mine. I feel like I’m taking advantage of having so much time, which is usually what we want more of.

  • Sara November 1, 2010, 10:48 am

    I’m not sure where the time goes! I wish I had more time for sleep 🙂 I’m making that a priority.

  • Charlie November 1, 2010, 10:49 am

    My studies are definitely my top priority! I also give the priority to healthy eating over working out (you have to eat, healthy or not) but I do wish I could have more time for exercise (trying to work on that).

  • Rachel November 1, 2010, 10:54 am

    I’ve been an avid exerciser for the last 3.5 years. I got engaged about a month ago and haven’t gotten in a sweaty workout since. There’s been lots of family get togethers and busy weekends and suddenly it has been a month since I’ve worked out.

    And I feel so off!! Working out is how I unwind, feel good about myself, and stay in my jeans.

    My priorities have been family/friends and that is great. But I am getting back to my fitness roots TODAY.

  • Sarah for Real November 1, 2010, 10:54 am

    My kitchen renovation has taken over my life! I was supposed to do a 5k this weekend but that didn’t happen. I ran a whopping total of 2 miles last week. Sigh…

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 1, 2010, 10:55 am

    School is my number one priority. My parents are paying a lot for me to be here so I figure I should give it my all. I actually sort of enjoy schoolwork, though. I know-that is weird. lol

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 1, 2010, 11:15 am

    I only trained for a half, but I know what you mean about the time commitment for distance running. I think the hardest part of training was just making the extra time!

  • Johanna B November 1, 2010, 11:25 am

    My priority right now is rehabbing my broken ankle. It’s been 3 months and I’m working on building up strength and endurance in both walking and biking.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa November 1, 2010, 11:27 am

    Law School is taking priority. We have only one month left of class so we are already gearing up for finals. I have a lot to do. I also have a half marathon in two weeks. I have a lot of people trying to push social commitments on me and I have to say no because I need to focus on school. It’s hard because not everyone understands how demanding school is right now.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 1, 2010, 11:28 am

    I completely agree about the huge commitment it takes to train for something. Being in college I don’t have a particularly crazy schedule, but I do find it hard to do long runs on busy weekends- I never want to go to bed early or run hungover! My priorities are my health, my schoolwork, and my friends and family. Fortunately running fits pretty well into that 🙂

  • Michelle... November 1, 2010, 11:41 am

    It’s best not to overextend yourself and enjoy the running rather than having it be something you “need” to do when your priorities should be elsewhere. Good luck with the talks and the half, though!

    My life is currently consumed with trying to narrow down my list of possible grad schools, send out requests for recs, write my personal statements, put together apps, etc and that will pretty much continue to be my life through the new year. Then it’ll be time to submit financial aid info and play the waiting game to see where/if anywhere I get in, yikes!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! November 1, 2010, 11:42 am

    My running is taking priority in my life right now, but it is definitely manageable. I decided to run two half marathons within four weeks of each other, so I’ve been devoting a fair bit of time to making that goal a reality (one down, one to go!). I am still finding plenty of time to spend with my boyfriend, my family, and my friends, though, so I feel great about the time I’m devoting to running. After this Sunday’s half, I think I will scale back my running a little bit and focus more on cooking healthy meals and hanging out with my boyfriend!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 1, 2010, 11:56 am

    I love that mantra: give yourself permission to do less. I live by that to keep my mental health at a good level!

  • Candice November 1, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I think you’ve made such a smart decision. I was training for a marathon in late November, but made the executive decision to drop it about a month ago because it just wasn’t realistic to put in the kind of hours that marathon training requires. My husband is working full time and we’re launching our own business right now, so it just made sense to focus on that. There will always be other races!

  • Samantha @ The Life Abundant November 1, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Permission to do less–I love it! I have really adopted this philosophy lately; its taken me a long time to realize that more isn’t always better nor does it make me a better employee, wife or person. Right now I am devoted to making my husband, work and fitness a priority.

  • Hedda November 1, 2010, 12:22 pm

    This is one of the reasons why you are a great inspiration and person ; you do what you love, but you are focused on not pushing yourself too much. To respect your body by being active and eating good, but not do it damage by exaggerating.
    Feel proud for taking good care of yourself.

    My priority is recovery at the moment. It is to relax and heal my body, and relationship with food and myself. I’ve realized that this is the key to me being able to live life. As a concequence my studies are not a priority, I take subjects, but do not push myself to take the long ride to Uni if my body tells me not to. Of coursethere are times where I wish I could be more active, or take part in different happenings, but right now I need to focus on increasing my mental and physical strength.
    There will be plenty of opportunities for me to go out and have fun once I’m healthy enough 🙂

    Hope you are doing great, Caitlin – keep shining!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 1, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Good plan on figuring out your priorities – another marathon in 6 weeks would be hard on your body and your mind! Since you already paid $90 I would drop down to the half if I were you (I’m cheap like that though!)

    My life is actually kind of slow right now… Compared to what I’m used to anyways. This summer I was balancing marathon training + busy work life + busy social life and I was go go go all the time, not so much anymore. I kind of hope my life gets busier soon! But it’s nice to have less commitments also 🙂

  • Amber K November 1, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Right now my health is taking most of my focus right now. I’m trying to get my gut to heal and not worry so much about losing the weight I’ve been trying to shake off.

  • Lisa November 1, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I’m not sure what my focus is. I feel scattered and out of sorts right now…For a long time my focus was training for Hood to Coast. Now? No idea.

  • ProjectLifebySue November 1, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

    1) not set yourself up to fail; 2) give yourself permission to ‘do less’; and 3) be flexible with fitness in accordance to what’s going on in your life.

    Am recovering from Plantar Fasciitis, AND some adrenal burnout, so have had to slow down and ‘fill the tank’ as my Naturopath says.

    Am going to quote this/you on my blog later today.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 1, 2010, 12:48 pm

    My current priority is to get my health in check. This has meant to lower the intensity level of my workouts, which I really have disliked!

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 1, 2010, 12:53 pm

    My priorities? Bodily health unfortunately. Three weeks ago I stress fractured my right hip and last weekend it finally snapped and I had emergency surgery to add my newest installment – pins to the head of my femur. So right now my priority is to get off my damn crutches and back to some semblance of what a ‘normal’ life looked like to me before – fitness.

    Unfortunately, my heart is right out there in my running shoes. I want to be out on a run, racing, exercising, hiking, feeling my blood pumping (I just misspelt that and wrote pumpkin, ha). SIGH!

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert November 1, 2010, 1:01 pm

    Today the priority is getting better. My son, daughter and husband have all been sick – so they shared with me! Now I feel like poo and took a sick day from work. I am going to work on feeling better and catch up on reading and posting blogs. I guess kayaking all day yesterday was not the best choice when I was starting to feel sick. I wish I felt like doing a little power walking but fear the only thing in my future is hot tea, an old sweater and a good DVD. Enjoy the day!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 1, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I think the half is a fabulous idea! Currently, work has taken over my life. I really love my job (usually) so it’s no big deal, but fitness and healthy eating and cooking AND blogging has taken a backseat, and I do miss it.

  • Julie November 1, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I think you made the right choice! I would never make an attempt, even though I know it’s possible, it isn’t smart! You are setting yourself up for getting sick, above all other things. Your immunity would be shot by doing it (seen it happen, not to myself fortunately). I ran 3 marathons in 6 months and realized that was a bad idea. I came out of the whole thing beat up/injured.

    I think the 5k or half is a good choice. Dont’ worry about funds already spent. In Economics, that’s called a “sunk cost”!

  • Ali W November 1, 2010, 1:14 pm

    i should probably be giving more time to my grad school admissions essays and gre test prep but training for races is more fun 🙂

    i’m running the thunder road half that weekend!! of course listen to your body but it would be cool if you were running the half too!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous November 1, 2010, 1:38 pm

    My priorities? MAKING MONEY. I wish I had more time to chase my dreams, and do the things I’m passionate about, but I realized I have to put that on pause for just a little while until I get a little more stability in my life. Reality really does bite sometimes, but I’m trying hard not to let it get me down!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 1, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I’m struggling with that same issue right now. My best friend signed up for a Marathon in April, and a marathon is something both of us have always dreamed of doing. However, she is in school and has time for daylight long runs. I’m working and have found it hard enough to train for a half through the fall. I can’t decide if I Should do it or not!!

  • Sarah November 1, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Sometimes i have a hard time ‘giving myself persmission to do less’, i guess since i joined a gym and threw myself into it, there is so much ‘gooo ooonn sarah, do back to back spin!’ from instructors / other members / MY OWN MIND challenging itself, that i get the niggly little guilt feeling if i don’t sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, i love challenging myself every time i go to the gym, it wouldn’t be as rewarding if i didn’t do it. But i know that if i get into a very very strong habit of not giving myself a break once in a while i risk injury. And i DO NOT wanna get injured thank you very much! Love your blog by the way x

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 1, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Good idea not to sign up for the marathon coming up. It’d definitely be too much to take on at once. Give your body plenty of rest and shoot for one later on! 🙂

  • Heather November 1, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I wish I had more time to devote to some minor home improvement projects but they always seem to take a backseat to everything else. I have to start making time before the holidays!

  • Hall November 1, 2010, 5:16 pm

    My son is currently taking priority in my life. I wish I could give more focus to exercises and healthy eating.

    I love to give myself a permission to do less. 🙂

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) November 1, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I need to give more priority to my writing. There never seems to be enough time! Arg!

  • Kate@andwhenshesays November 1, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Awesome post – PROUD of you for taking care of yourself and recognizing that you have to prioritize. It can be such a challenge, especially when ALL of the things are important to you. Fitness is obviously a life priority, but you also have to fit it in with everything else, and sometimes the “hobby” aspect of it has to be set aside a little. I’m running into the same thing with my Pilates classes, and while I love to do it I also know there are other things that have to come first right now. But they’ll be waiting for me when I can truly focus on and enjoy them like I want to!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) November 1, 2010, 5:30 pm

    Currently I’m focused on ‘training’ for walking the Reggae Marathon half marathon in Jamaica in Dec. I’ll be so glad when that is over because I have realized that long distance stuff is not for me. Cannot wait to get back to my favorite workouts and possibly adding more classes at the gym. And I would much rather walk for pleasure because it has been a real struggle getting ready for this race.

  • katie November 1, 2010, 5:59 pm

    go with the half. i couldnt imagine spending 90 on a 5K

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 1, 2010, 7:07 pm

    You have such an amazing attitude towards fitness and running. It’s great that you can be so realistic about your goals. 😀

    Right now my priorities are doing well in my nutrition degree as well as keeping a good balance in my life so I don’t get too stressed out with school!

  • Alice November 1, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I recently did a similar thing – I dropped out of a sprint triathlon (my first) because it was just getting too much. Training started to be stressful, not fun and rewarding.

  • Jacalyn November 1, 2010, 8:01 pm

    I am focused on balancing working a full time job as a surgical physician assistant, being a full time wife and mother to a 16 month old and training for 2 upcoming half marathons with the hopes of being in full marathon form by
    NEXT fall. It’s a big change having a baby. I never thought running would take the back seat to anything in my life. Oh how that quickly changes with children. The best thing about maintaining my fitness is I know I am being a great role model for my son. I want him to grow up knowing fitness is part of life that you just do.

  • Lauren November 1, 2010, 8:39 pm

    A very commendable decision! You may be nuts about running, but you’re never crazy when it comes to your beliefs and hard work ethic (which is what I think makes you such a dedicated and fantastic athlete).

    You rock sweet girl!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 1, 2010, 9:13 pm

    My budget is number one on my priority list at the moment.

  • Sana November 2, 2010, 6:55 pm

    Run the half! you will spend the 5k racing. Skip, sing, dance, tweet your way to 13.1!

  • Dee November 2, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I love your outlook! I think you are such an inspiration. 🙂

  • Laurie November 2, 2010, 10:35 pm

    Got a chuckle thinking about $90 being an expensive 5k!

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