Gooooodd Morning to you! As dreary as the post title to this post is, there is no reason that the day needs to be dreary. It is after all Monday, and who wants to start the week off with a blah.
You are probably thinking this post is going about balance, about how we need to prioritize our friends, family, work, sleep etc above our workouts. That at the end of the day living is about our relationships not our runs and making time to run comes second to that, an how it can be hard to deal with.
Well, that is all true, but that is not at all what I want to talk about today, lord knows if you want to read about finding balance (or lack there of) there are plenty of blog posts out there about it.
What I want to talk about instead is when life throws a curve ball (or 2-3 ice storms) at you. I don’t mean in the form of injuries, injuries are far more serious and take dedicated time to heal. If you want to read more, check out this post.
Last week a whoooolllleeeee lot of us had to deal with the will of Mother Nature. We dealt with two weeks of ice storms in Raleigh, which for us warm weather people render us fairly incapable of leaving our homes. This was a challenge for me
The challenge was exacerbated becuase in two weeks, I’ll be flying home to Florida to run the Gate River Run 15k, aka, one of my favorite races! The flat 9.3 mile course should be a quick race for me as long as I have been keeping up my regular running routine (Since I don’t really “train” for races). When mother natures says, sorry Anne but neither running nor driving on the roads is going to happen four and three weeks out from the race, well, that’s a bit of a problem for my speed.
Now there was another option, my apartment complex’s treadmills. I am sorry ya’ll but my diva side is about to show itself. I cannot stand the treadmills at my apartment’s gym. I don’t know if it simply because they are cheaper than most, but even though I run most weekdays on the treadmill at my gym, I struggle on those at my apartment complex.
Talk about first world problems!
This left me in a pickle, either suck it up, or deal with close to two weeks worth of missed runs during a key time. The short of it – someday I managed a slow five miles, some days… I didn’t. What the past two weeks helped put in perspective for me, are the choices we have in our running when the world throws an obstacle in our path.
What Are My Options?
If Plan A , running outside fails, what is Plan B? If Plan B, the gym fails, what is Plan C?
How Bad Do I want It?
Ok, maybe Plan A is not possible, maybe Plan B is not possible finding the motivation to follow through on Plan C can be challenging. Guess what, you don’t have to do it! You can call it a rest day, heck you can call it a rest week and simply say, no thank you. That’s when you have to ask, how bad do I want to achieve my goal.
If you do not have a goal race, taking it easy may be a boost to your running, but when you have an event you are anticipating, you have to be honest yourself an ask yourself this question.
Am I Making Excuses?
While grappling with the question of how much you want your goal, at least 5 good reasons why you should not run will pop into your head. That is when you just need to be real. Are you making excuses? How does that make you feel?
If You Have An Upcoming Race – How Do I Triage My Training?
Given the decision you made, whether you made the best of your situation, modified it, or decided to rest, where does that leave you in preparation for your goal? Is it still achievable or do you need to rethink it? Do you have time to make up for your cutback?
So where does all of that leave me two weeks out from Gate? I am not sure, but I do know that it is not worth stressing over. All I can do is work hard this week, and take my race as it is.
What do you do when something gets in the way of your runs?
Are you a treadmill diva?