Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Start

This past week has been uncharacteristically stressful. The main source of that stress has been work. My goal throughout the week was to put together a series of 5 mile runs each day, however, as the stress levels aside from training increased so I decided to back off the mileage to compensate.

That brings me to where I am today, 4 days since my last run. It is another start. I seem to have these "new starts" pretty often as I assume most runners do. When your training is random (or non-existent) it becomes easy to back off and tell yourself you will start over again when things calm down or you are less busy. Lifestyle changes can add to the feeling that you need to take a step back, recalibrate, and get a fresh start. I don't think it has to be this way.

I am working on new running goals. These goals will be similar to those of the past, but I think they will allow me the flexibility to train hard and focus on family and work without jeopardising any of them. One of the main challenges that runners of all abilities face is that of time management. This is something I have had some success with outside of my training so I am hopeful it will translate into my daily plan.

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  Sunday run in the rain.