The past few weeks have been a whirlwind… from spending a week in Boston, running Ragnar Austin (I still need to work on my recap!), having my friend Crystal visit, spending a long weekend in Curacao and finally, a week in DC, things have been a little crazy.
Just a little.
Over the past few weeks, it’s been a challenge to keep my training plan alive for Grandma’s Marathon. I am pursuing a big goal (sub-3:30) that I’ve been chasing since I ran a 3:31 in the 2010 NYC Marathon. I know I can shave a minute off, but over the years, the dream has gotten further and further away from me. But, when I started training for Grandma’s, I KNEW this was going to be the one.
And then my schedule blew up.
But that’s just part of life, right? Nothing ever goes as planned… even as much as we think things through, it never ends up just the way that we expect it.
Of course, it would be easy to say psssh, I don’t have time for this and just let it slide to a place where you forget about it… which I’ve done in the past. This time around, it’s been a learning about priorities.
We all wake up with the same 24 hours in the day. We all spend these 24 hours a little bit different… and I know how it feels to be busy, slammed with work, mind about to explode. But there’s something about knowing what your priorities are that make it so much easier to know how you should spend your time.
Obviously, training for Grandma’s is a priority. My workouts over the past few weeks have not been perfect. But they’ve included some crazy runs, like some speedwork at 4:30 in the morning while in DC and squeezing in a run at 8:30 p.m. after a long day.
It’s been hard. Waking up at 4ish a.m. is not something that I’m good at. Case in point:
But it’s going to be so worth it. Making fitness priority means that my dream can become a reality. What I’ve been trying to accomplish for six years now (whoa) can become a reality because I put in the work and I said no to something else that’s NOT a priority. It’s hard, because I love nothing more than vegging out after a long day and wallowing in self-pity for having such a busy and hard life.
So, how do you do it? How do you make fitness a priority? Find that dream. That goal. The one thing that you want so bad, that you would do anything for it. Everyone has something a little bit different… and it needs to be your own or it won’t push you to the point for you to make the sacrifice, because that’s what it comes down to. Once you do, your priorities will fall into place.
What’s your goal/dream you are chasing right now?
How do you make fitness/health a priority in your life?
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