10.02.2018

September 2018 Training Report

I started out September strong and was doing new running workouts left and right. I even made it to 52 new workouts this year, and I started September with only 37 new workouts. This was a continuum of the momentum I started at the end of August, but then things hit. I got plain plum tuckered out.

The last two weeks of September were very low mileage and beyond running, I wasn't doing much more. It is kinda funny how I know what is the perfect fix for me and I can still fall off target. I know mixing running and cross training is best. I know working out an hour a day is best. And I flop.

It is hard to keep things going with all the rest going on each and every day and it is all about balance. We each have 168 hours each week to do all we need or want to do. I just recently heard this on the radio when I was thinking I just don't have enough time. 168 hours. They challenged the listeners to think about those 168 hours and use them wisely. Don't waste them away in trivial ways and choose what is the best use of your time.

The thing is, I don't think I waste too much time away unless you count the time I am waiting at school, etc. waiting for darling daughter but I even try to repurpose those hours into functional hours - doing some work from home to round out my work hours each week as I have a flexible work week with not all my 40 hours in the office. That is a win-win. Reading devotional books and catching up with family but those waiting hours do not translate into fitness hours....well, not all the time. Sometime I do run while I wait. I probably should do that more often.

September I only worked out 19 of those precious hours. Not even close to an hour a day and when I look at those 168 hours, or 720 for the whole of September, I can't say I feel very proud of myself. But beating myself up and wallowing in self pity won't help much at all plus I don't think I would trade in much that I did do. Darling daughter had a horse show, and did AMAZING, and that took a good chunk of my time as she was at the stables more. In the grand scheme of life, that means more to me. And that makes me feel pretty good about myself. I am not trying to act like a martyr but I think it is a good place to be in to give up a little of me for her....or anyone else. Isn't that what we are supposed to do?

My goals for 2018 were to do 70 new workouts and to run 1,170 miles to break 10,000 streak miles. I only have 18 more new workouts to do this year! That goal is back in reach and in August it was questionable. 6 new workouts a month for the rest of the year. Totally doable! I logged 84 miles in August bringing me to 1,065 miles for the year!!! I am at 9,895 streak miles!!!! This goal is totally in reach too! Maybe I could even break it in October!

With all the bumps in the road, I am reaching my goals, and I think that is the big thing to focus on here. Life has bumps in the road. There are good days, there are bad days, but no matter what happens or how unmotivated I feel, I keep choosing to run at least a mile and keep pulling myself back to pushing play and doing what is right. Persistence pays off. No one is perfect and I am not going to sugar coat things and say living a fit life is easy peasy lemon squeezy. What good does that do for anyone? Lying won't make me feel good and painting a fake image does you no good. I care too much about you to lie to you.

So if you are feeling down and out, lace up those shoes, hit play, and get moving. Trust me, at the end of the day you really won't regret doing what is right.

God bless!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for being on target with my 2018 goals. 

Daily Bible Verse: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post - I am in a bit of a funk with my running right now. It seems like when I get a good streak going, I am sidelined by illness or something else that prevents me from running. But I press on. :) It's always nice to be reassured I'm not the only tired, working mama out there trying to fit it all in.

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