Running Through Change
One of my most favorite sayings (wish I could remember the author) is, "It's not the change that is hard, it is the transition." or on some days I like to say, "It's not the change that will kill you, it is the transition." And when it comes to running, I find this saying is easily adaptable and applicable when said as, "It's not a change that will ruin your running, its the transition."
Right now my life is full of change which also means I am in a mess of transition. I am coming off of my main race/goal of the year, a half marathon, and transitioning back into running for fun. Coupled with that change is also a change in seasons from warm weather running to cold weather running. And the daylight savings time has worked its instant magic and so now I am also trying to plan around a daylight running hour or running on the treadmill. And to keep life challenging, I also just switched jobs and careers. And I can't forget that we flipped to an entirely new way of eating for our family. And my husband's work schedule changed, again. And we are still working through a changing routine for Tucker as he rehabs from his foot reconstruction.
Lots and lots of transition. Which has translated to not much running. When I have a routine and a plan, I can do a lot. But when my planned routine gets throw into a blender, my running suffers instantly. I find it hard to find time or make time. Motivation for running is redirected to motivation to find a rythym for life. Excuses of why I shouldn't run become overly abundant. And its not because I don't like to run or want to run, but it feels like there is so much noise going on in my life that I can't find the mental focus to plan or complete a run.
The good news is that I have been through transitions like these so many times over the last few years that I am expert at recognizing the "transition ick zone". It's a crappy place for my running. I know I should run and (mostly) want to run but I can't seem to actually run. It seems like the reasons not to run come at me faster than the opportunities to just get out there and do it.
- Guilt free "running break" for 3 weeks. No silent mental inquisitions, no guilt, no rehash of shoulda, woulda, coulda. Run if I can but be quiet about it if I can't.
- 30 minutes a day. Just because I am not running, doesn't mean I am letting myself off the hook completely. I am still trying to get in 30 minutes of any kind of exercise each day. Walking is a good filler for me because I can do walking meetings or grab a walk over lunch and not get sweaty in the process. I also like grabbing a bike and catching up on my reading.
- Finite end date. I have a day on the calendar of when I need to return to a more normal schedule - about 3 weeks out. It should be plenty of time to get my feet under me and figure out what routine will look like moving ahead. It also gives me a few more weeks to decide what my next goal will be.
- My next goal. I have given it some thought and I am toying with the idea of a virtual 10 mile or 1/2 marathon challenge over the winter. My end in mind is to be in 1/2 marathon shape for spring so I would like to challenge myself to run either a 10 mile or 1/2 marathon every month between November and April. Each year I let my 1/2 marathon training fizzle out after my October race and then need to start up again in the spring. This year, I would really like to avoid the rebuilding. Anyone interested in joining me in a challenge like this?
- Gathering tips and motivation. Hanging around all of you and listening to your race reports and tips for cold weather running keeps me motivated and energized about my own running.
I am looking forward to hearing your tips on running through transitions as part of tomorrow's Take It and Run Thursday.