Running has taken a back seat for me most of this summer.
Things come up: family crises, car problems, job issues, sweltering heat, etc. When I really need to be running and taking care of myself, disasters strike and sidetrack me. So I have sacrificed sleep, nutrition, and running; which has not helped me deal with any of these obstacles. It’s hard to be focused on my goals, when these challenges keep cropping up.
So what do we do when life gets us off track?
Here are a few things that can help:
Give yourself a break. Go easy on yourself. It’s okay to take breaks in your training schedule. Dial down your mileage or add a rest day.
Don’t think. Just go out and run. Try to completely zone out. Don’t worry about pace or goals. Tune out all the worry and to-do lists in your head. Just run to feel good and have some alone time.
Sleep. Try to get some extra sleep. In hectic times, we tend to sacrifice sleep. Take power naps. Sleep late instead of running. (Yes, I just said that.)
Adjust your goals. Life can throw us some curveballs. This may mean changing your training schedule or race calendar. Be flexible. Instead of that 50k do the 25k. Try for the 50k later on.
Pay attention to your nutrition. Emotional eating can take a big toll on us. Weight gain starts creeping in and eating junk just makes you feel worse. Ask a friend to help keep you accountable.
Set up run dates. Go to a social run. Run with a group or set up a run with a friend. This keeps you accountable and it’s fun.
Dealing with these obstacles in our lives just makes us stronger. Don’t let them derail you from your goals. It’s easy to lose focus when life’s events keep getting in our way.
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”- Frank A. Clark
Thanks for reading! See you on the trail!
– Shelly Diaz
When life cranks up to “11”, how has running been a positive influence? How had you modified your running life, if at all?
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Posted on 12 Sep 2014