Catching up on the weekend? I ran a marathon (hereâ€™s the recap)!
Morning, lovelies! And so another week begins. I canâ€™t believe the Spinx marathon has come and gone! And while Iâ€™m still basking in glory of a race well ran, I canâ€™t help but to askâ€¦ Whatâ€™s next? Mostly because I need to organize my calendar. 🙂
The question on my mind when I crossed the finish line was, â€œSo â€“ are you going to do that other marathon youâ€™re signed up for? You know â€“ the one in 6 weeks?â€ I was originally just going to do Decemberâ€™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?
Iâ€™m a little nuts about my hobby (racing), but Iâ€™m also realistic. I do think itâ€™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 isnâ€™t going to happen. Iâ€™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, â€œDonâ€™t set yourself up to fail,â€ and that lesson applies to running, work, family, friends, and life in general. I have a habit of taking on too much, and itâ€™s not healthy (mentally or physically). Right now, I just shouldnâ€™t commit to another marathon.
Iâ€™m waffling between dropping down to the Jingle Jog 5K or the Half Marathon. Iâ€™m leaning towards the Half because I already paid $90 for the entry fees â€“ thatâ€™s an expensive 5K! :)
So â€“ thatâ€™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 â€˜do lessâ€™; and 3) be flexible with fitness in accordance to whatâ€™s going on in your life.
Whatâ€™s currently taking priority in your life? What do you wish you could give more focus to?