I’ve been incredibly busy with my non-running life, taking care of my children and immediate family as well as helping out with my elderly in-laws. I’m definitely feeling that whole sandwich generation thing! But in these busy and stressful times, I feel extra grateful that I don’t have self-imposed performance stress when it comes to running. Just running for stress relief and joy is so nice right now. I’ve been feeling great running for the most part and it’s so nice to be reminded about what a gift just being able to get out the door to run a bunch of miles is. I know that’s trite and boring but it’s the truth!
So here’s what a busy-competitive-runner-on-a-break-from-training’s running week looks like:
Tue: I tried to save time by jumping on the freeway but ended up stuck for over an hour because of a huge accident. So in the end it took me over an hour to get 2 miles away from my house and run a quick 6 with my toddler who also needed some outside relaxing time after that!
Wed: Crammed in 6.5 before daughter’s gym and swim class.
Thu: Had a deadline for a project at noon so worked all morning and then went to in-laws and took their fat dog out for a run up the street and back. Only half a mile, but with this week, I’m counting it!
Fri: 8! Met my friend Julie and we put in a solid effort on this one!
Sat: 5 crammed in before coaching soccer.
Sun: 14. I totally didn’t think I’d manage 14, but ran a little over an hour with Jasmine and then, after she left, hooked up with another group and did another almost hour. Around mile 9 I took a header down a hill on the trail. It really shook me up and I was pretty sore the rest of the day, but I think I’ll live. I love trails, but I seem to grab a root every few months … sigh. I’d post a photo, but scrapy bloody trail fails make for nasty gross photos.