Random Wine Country Picture of me in RELAXED state!
Those of you that know me in real life or have been reading my blog for any length of time know that I am a planner. I am Type A to the extreme. I schedule everything. I am punctual. I like knowing, in advance, what exactly is supposed to happen, when, for how long and to what extent. I like knowing details. I had my oldest child RIGHT ON her due date, if that gives you any indication of how much of a planner I am.
Part of what I love about marathon training is knowing that for the next 12 (or 16 or 18) weeks, I have each day’s workout mapped out. I like knowing that Mondays are hill days, Thursdays are speed days and Saturdays are long run days. I like taking the schedule and adding it to my google calendar so that when other work or life stuff comes up, I can see if i need to adjust my training (or life) schedule to accommodate a 22 mile run. I like that I know in advance which days of the week are easy and which week during the month will be a cut-back week (you guessed it, so I can plan for beer and treats during this down time!). I like having a plan because it gives me a purpose, a goal to work towards, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I like that the schedule inspires and motivates me. I like that the schedule forces me to plan and stay organized in the other areas of my life (kids, husband, friends, work, etc.).
When I’m not training for a marathon, and therefore don’t have a plan, I usually feel off. Irritable. Scatter-brained. Bored. Lost.
This time is different. I’m forcing myself to try to Just Be. To relax. To not worry about not having a plan/schedule that provides me a clear road map to a definite outcome. To enjoy each day and the surprises it brings. To wake up and run as far or as fast as my legs feel like going. Or not. To sleep in if my body wants sleep. To have an extra glass of wine (or 2!) if I feel like it and not worry about “having” to get up at 4:00 a.m. to run 14 miles before work (which I LOVE doing, by the way). To quit being so Type A and Just Be.
The training group is kicking off Boston (Lansing Marathon, for me) training right after Christmas. Until then, I’m just planning on doing what feels right, and not worrying about what I “should” be doing.