Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finding Balance When Training for a Race

The last few weeks have been kind of a whirlwind. I have been training for an upcoming race but I have also been trying to enjoy the summer. It's my first summer back in San Diego so I have definitely been trying to enjoy my time here.  But of course the fun seems to interfere with my training. It's been interesting trying to find a balance between the two. 

Let's be honest, my training has been hard to do given a number of reasons. The reasons seem to be piling up. I'm either tired from night shift, my plantar fasciitis is acting up, my ankles are sore, or I am just too tired. My body is still trying to adjust to my vampire hours.  Some days are better than others, but my night shift hours have somehow managed to also affect my metabolism. I feel sluggish and absolutely hate feeling like I have no control over my body.  Oh and let's not forget this amazing weather that San Diego has! Makes it hard to workout when all you want to do is anything but that.

I've been running around 10-15 miles a week for the most part this summer. I have been slowly increasing my mileage in hopes to be ready for my next race. To be honest it really isn't that much, but I've been doing as much as I can.  I am still hoping it will be enough by the time race day starts.  I am still hopeful since most of my training has been on hills by my neighborhood.  The hills have sucked and have been painful to do after work shifts but I am still out there racking in some miles. 

I only have a few weeks left but I am still hopeful that I can get it done. It won't be pretty and I won't PR but I sure as hell am going to do my best!  Summer races are not really my thing but I made a commitment to do this one and I am sticking through it. The only perk about this race is that I get to spend the weekend at one of my best friend's place. Her husband will also be running the race.  I am super excited to see her and her family. Mostly I am excited about having a good drink with great friends! See this is where the balance comes into play.  :)

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  1. Totally agree on the balance! It's so so hard! I hope you start feeling better as far as running and exercise goes! :)

  2. Balance is TOUGH. I've been being more mindful of time I spend with Ray - e.g. if we watched a show I'd be catching up on Instagram, but I'm learning to just put the darn phone down and be present!

    1. Yeah my husband and I have been trying to lay off the phone when we are eating. Being present can be tough given so much technology and being a blogger! :)