When does running interfere with “real” life duties? Or when do “real” life duties interfere with running? Finding time to manage all the things I need to do on a daily basis can be a challenge. Working two jobs (sometimes 15-16 hour days), chores (hello, dirty laundry basket!), budgeting (it’s really easy to spend a LOT of money eating out when you’re constantly out and about), working training into my schedule (I prefer to run 4 days a week, but lately have only been managing 2-3) all combine to make it pretty stressful for me occasionally.
September wasn’t a very easy month for me to juggle- I was sick half the month so my running suffered. The other half of the month I was injured (pulled muscle in my back and hamstring) so I took some time off for recovery. This month I’m in a wedding and have another to attend, so I’ve been pretty busy on the social life front. None of this leaves me much time for running, so it’s a constant struggle to find time to squeeze runs in. On top of that, during the week I really only have time for 30 minute runs due to work/other chores and errands. This means I’m logging a LOT less mileage than I had hoped/planned for October so far. In this respect, I’m really glad I pulled out of the Best Damn Race Cape Coral half this year. I’m not sure I would have done as well as I’d hoped with my training suffering as it has and really only having one good month (hopefully November!) to amp up my mileage.
It’s also been pretty challenging for me to not feel resentful about the things that have kept me from running. I try not to look at things like weddings and my injuries as a burden (because who wants to be that friend?) but it’s really hard when I see all my runner friends and teammates having a good time at races that I haven’t been able to go to because of all my other responsibilities. Everyone says, “There will be other races!” And it’s true, there will be. It’s just challenging to watch all my friends out having fun and beating goals when I’m stuck stressing over all the details and obligations that come with real life.
Luckily, I’m about to kick it into high gear with my race season coming up. I was able to squeeze in one 10k in September, but October was looking pretty blank (and I hate to have blank race months)! Fortunately, I managed to register for Savage race, so I have the following schedule now:
Savage: Oct 25
Tough Mudder: Nov 8
Spartan: Dec 5
Battlefrog: Dec 12
I’m glad I have the chance to end my season strong, despite it’s lackluster beginnings! Of course, next year I don’t have as many other obligations to worry about (I guess I should be thankful most of my friends decided to get married in a few months time span!) so I will be able to shoot for my next big OCR goal: the elusive Spartan Trifecta.
How do you plan your training around other obligations when you’re busy?