Everyone is busy, it’s just a fact! Some have more sleep time than others, and some cannot manage their time well. I’m the latter. I complain about how busy I am, but I just don’t manage my time well. Granted, it’s obvious I’ve got a busy life style, but when you’re passionate about things like running or walking your dog, you make time for it. You just do it!
That’s my motto. My high school AP History teacher once told me after I expressed my concern about not having enough time to read a book before fall term started that there’s 24 hours in a day. Boy, did that line stick with me. Ever since then, I try to squeeze in everything I can in one day. I tell myself I can do it, I don’t need sleep, I can accomplish everything on my list because there’s 24 hours in a day. But the next day? It makes me cranky, irritable, stressed, with low energy.
What my teacher probably also meant to say was, you need to prioritize. I’m in my late 20s and I’m still learning about prioritization.
With three more half marathons, a full marathon, and a couple fun 5ks coming up, there’s no denying I’ll be running every week until early December. This is where prioritization and discipline kicks in.
I’ve got a job in which I’m happily constantly busy, ve got a couple hours of commuting to and from work, I have a needy but adorable dog to tend to, a long distance (part of the week) boyfriend I love to spend my time with, making time to see friends and family, networking or volunteer opportunities to attend, house work, make it a point to cook all of my meals most days of the week, and of course make time for training.
Sure, that doesn’t sound that busy. But by 11pm every night and I’m still not done with my day, I wonder, where the heck did my day go?! I have even canceled cable because I’m not home enough to watch TV.
I am making it a true effort to stick to my training schedules (currently following marathonrookie.com for half marathon training) and plan on following a Hal Higdon plan for my full marathon training. Currently, I’m deciding between the Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 plan.
What has kept me motivated and disciplined in sticking with my training programs? Honestly, I love surrounding myself with motivated individuals who like to stay active – that’s what keeps me going! Whether that’s through Facebook/Instagram/Twitter or in real life, talking to and reading about these friends and other people reminds me I need to do the same. I also look at my busy schedule to see what free hour or two I may have that I can squeeze in a run or cross-training workouts, and that may well be at 5am or 9pm. Whatever you do, make it count and just do it! (I swear, I don’t work for Nike). And I must say, signing up for races is a huge thing for me, it’s an event and goal I set that I work towards.
What keeps you going? What makes you motivated? Would love your tips!