I hope EVERYBODY had a fabulous past couple days. Happy September – and with the coming of September, fall and school comes a new beginning – a time to start fresh and make new goals. I, myself, am ready for structure, a schedule and the fast-paced and FULL days. However, I am really trying to embrace the last few days of summer and of time with my family and hometown before heading back to school.
Enter my general rule of thumb when I am home for the holidays: people (my family and close friends) come before running/yoga.
Now, this may seem like a terrible excuse or an easy way out. I’ve debated this rule in my head many times over. I realize the importance of making time for yourself, your body and your health, but sometimes, family just has to come first.
I love running. But I love my family more. Running will be there for me as long as I am healthy and able, but my family will be there for me ALWAYS and NO MATTER WHAT.
I am only home a few times a year – Thanksgiving, Christmas, in February and for the summer, so quality time with my family and friends here is pretty limited. I really make it a priority to spend time with them whenever THEY are free, even if it completely interferes with my long run or my favourite yoga class – which both happened this past week!
In the end, running makes me physically fit and happy, but my loved ones keep me sane. Keeping a healthy relationship with them is just as important – maybe even more important – than a healthy running relationship.
Call it an excuse, but I have 2 more days left until my move back to school, and I am spending every last second with my family until I have to leave them for 5 weeks. Family over everything.
So yeah – I missed my long run. I missed a few strength training sessions and yoga classes. But missing a long run doesn’t make me any less of a person luckily;)
Now, this training session hasn’t gone exactly the way I have wanted it to. I have missed a ton of runs and haven’t pushed myself the way I should be. I have seriously contemplated not racing on October 11 or moving down to the 10km distance. But, whether I have worked hard enough to break the 2:00 hour mark or not, I am trained and physically ready for another half. I can totally run another half. If I break 2:00 hours, AMAZING. If not, we will try again next time. I love running and I love the half marathon distance – the time and my pace are just numbers.
Lo and behold my deep post of the week. I hope I didn’t bore you to death and I hope you can somehow relate:)
Workout Recap August 24 – 30
Monday: Upper body workout + 1h power yoga
Tuesday: Full body workout + 6km fast pace (I considered this my speed workout)
Wednesday: 10km moderate pace + 1h yin yoga
Friday: 6km at easy pace + 1h power yoga
Saturday: 1h yoga flow
Have a great Tuesday and a great first day of September!
Do you prioritize anything over running?
Have you ever loosened a grip on a goal you have? Does that make you a less motivated person?
Any extra special goals for September?