This is the final Tuesdays on the Run for 2016. And if you are like me, you are ok with saying goodbye to this year!
Here are the topics for the next month, if you like to plan ahead!
- January 3 Runners Resolutions
- January 10 Racecation or Weekend Warrior (do you travel for races or try to race close to home more often?)
- January 17 Fave winter running gear
- January 24 What’s your limit (to the price of a race?)
- January 31 Hat tip to Run with No Regrets?& Janelle: Rate your month of running. Was it an A+ or a respectable B— or do you give it a big fat F?
For this week: tell us what you learned about running in 2016? What are your big takeaways?
2016 Running Takeaways: Find Balance
My running takeaway is simple: running is just like life. You get out what you put into it.
And I didn’t put enough into running this year to leave 2016 feeling great. I’m not going all Debbie Downer or hating this past year?because a lot of it was pretty great.
But I am mourning the fact that I didn’t do what I should have done this past training cycle. And I won’t give excuses or reasons, it’s just simply a fact. I let 2016 slip by as far as running is concerned.
I had a great 2016 outside of running with personal and professional success. But I’m pretty sure some of that came at the expense of my running allotment for the year. Hell, I know that’s what happened. I worked more- which meant I took advantage of my downtime completely by shutting all the way down.
Since I don’t love running, skipping those runs was an easy choice to make when I decided a break was needed.
And that is not healthy for my life in more ways than one!
So I need to find the balance that allows work, personal and running to all coexist.
And I’m sure this is the same tune sung by many of us out there. It’s always about finding the balance.
But dang, yo, balance is HARD! Especially when you are a deep-ender like myself. I tend to go all in on a project and forget about the other things around me. Which then leaves to rush and panic trying to get the other things done in life. And rush and panic should not apply to your training cycles. Ever.
But that’s kinda been my life lately. And it’s draining.
I’ve never done those “pick a word for the year” things, but this year it feels like I need it.
Balance is the word for 2017 and this is the reasons I’m giving behind it:
I have goals and things I want to achieve, but I’m clearly not making the choices aligned with that.
2017, I’m coming for you!
Do you have a word for 2017 or one that defined your 2016?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)