Happy Monday Everyone!!
Let’s be real, Monday’s flat out stink lol. But on a better note, we are officially 4 weeks away from the 50K. Yikes!!!
This is the third post in a series dedicated to those areas in my training that I’ve had to work through some trial and error to find out what works best for me.
Today’s Topic – Balance
This whole running thing takes a lot of time and dedication. Those of us that have trained for a marathon know that between training runs, recovery, fueling, strength training (although I don’t ever do strength training), and many other items, the training cycle becomes a second job. It’s easy to get engulfed by it which leads to other aspects in our lives to get neglected.
For me, I do as much as I can to get my runs knocked out so they don’t impact my family time or family events. This is a big reason why I run before work at 4am so that when I get home from work it’s all about homework, family dinner, sports practice, church group, or whatever else we have on our schedule. Even with those attempts, there are still those times when I’m going to bed early because I have a big run the next day, or I’m taking a nap because I just got done with a big run that morning.
Point being, when you get the chance to tip the scale and add more balance, you take that chance. Two weeks ago was a big week for me and a lot of time was spent on running. So last week was a major recovery week and outside of a planned 5 mile run on Saturday, my weekend was actually free. I decided to suggest to Mrs. Schlub that we get out of town for the weekend and spend some quality family time up north. We grabbed a hotel, did some fishing, and just had a nice relaxing weekend. The whole family/work/running balance is ever evolving and takes a ton of trial and error, but keeping that balance is super important.
I have to say, the weather was amazing and the views were gorgeous, definitely one of our favorite spots in AZ.
How do you keep your family/running balance in check?
When your deep in a training cycle, what tends to get neglected the most