It’s back! After a short pause, here’s the plan of the week. We’ll review how I did against the plan below this time next week. But first, a short digression.
When life gets in the way of training
My life has been rather difficult the last few months. Changing countries, adjusting to a new culture, troubles with my new job. The biggest issue has been at work. Work has always been a big part of my life. This means that the rather large problems I was having spread into other areas of my life.
As a single man with no family ties, this spill over came to affect my hobbies. Running most of all. Running has been a huge source of strength and learning for me over the last few years. Yet, the same thing that helped me so much couldn’t help me through this funk. This meant that, when I struggled to get out of bed in the morning, I just didn’t feel like running much.
Apart from my poor marathon performance last week, I simply lost all interest in my usual hobbies and exploring my new hometown. I had a strong dose of the blues and it took all my emotional and cognitive energy to get through the issues. This meant I had nothing spare outside of my work problems. So, I gave up on running.
Keep on Going through the low points
At times in our lives, other things have got to take priorities. I think we all live many lives at once; work life, family life, love life etc. When conflict comes – as it does to every person’s life – we have to make choices. My choice was to focus on getting through my work issues and letting my running life slide. This was because I wanted to get through it as quick as I could.
At the age I am, I know myself now. I know that if I let the serious issue play out, it’s over in a few weeks and life gets back to normal. This sort of means embracing the pain, the emotional upset and keep working towards the positive outcome. I’m pleased to say that I’m through the worst of it. This means I can get my life back into balance, including planning for my next marathon.
Training plans reflect an ideal not the real
At last week’s Christchurch Marathon, I met a guy from Dunedin. He was doing the half-marathon as part of his training for a triathlon next week. We talked about our training plans and such and he made a very interesting point. He said that he’s not a professional, full-time athlete. This means he gets frustrated at times because he has to deal with his other commitments, mostly family related, ahead of training. But, he said, without the plans and the goal he set himself, he wouldn’t do any running or training. As his health is important to both him and his family, he has learned to life with the compromise. He doesn’t beat himself up over it.
I think that’s a good approach. Accept that, as in most things, life is a compromise and that we just muddle along as best we can. Let’s look at the plan for this week.
Plan of the Week Version 2.0
In my new spirit of determination, I’ve decided to keep my motivation up as much as possible. I bought a small whiteboard and stuck it on my fridge. I wrote up my plan for next week. I also tagged a few non-running To Do’s on the bottom. Then, using m iPhone, I took a picture.
This means that wherever I am in my kitchen, I can see the plan. When I need to remind myself what am I supposed to be doing, I look at my iPhone picture. No excuses for me not to know what I’m meant to be doing.
I also did other stuff to help me keep my running mojo. I’ve covered my fridge with racing numbers from my old races. I’ve got my medal collection hanging on my hall wall. This means I’m getting some positive reinforcement every time I walk through my house.
I feel proud having my running trophies on display. It’s given me some hunger to add to them and to Keep on Going with training.
Which takes us to this week’s plan:
Total target distance of 38 km. I’m also trying to work on my pace this week and hopefully move my running into morning time. This is because I’m getting busier at work and in the evenings.
Keep on Going folks,