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March 23, 2007

I have good news and bad news.

Okay, really I only have bad news.

Troy and I won't be running on Sunday.

It was a tough decision.

You guys have all had to read (or not...if you chose not to read) about me griping and complaining over the last 2 months about how busy I am, how stressed I am, how unorganized I feel. Well, it has all been taken out on my training. The last time I ran a long run (I think) was on the day that I ran the AFB Museum Half in January. Troy has been nursing a foot ailment. We were both super underprepared for Sunday. We (I) did a cost benefit analysis. Because I'm an accountant. And that's what I do. The cost of my time, which was pretty hefty, totally outweighed the benefit of one more finishers medal. Couple that with the possibility of injury for both us and we decided it was best to just stay home.

My first ever race that I've backed out on.

But, it's got me really thinking today about where I'm going wrong. Why I'm not getting much done, but getting really really stressed out by it all. I know that I'm a perfectionist. There is no denying that. And I know that I'm OCD about being organized. But given that I'm 30 years old, and these things have plagued me my entire life, I thought maybe I should stop trying to fight them and learn to work around them??? So, I bought a new calendar, did some research on the internet and had a little heart to heart with myself and here is what I came up with:

1. I need to have the goal of running a marathon. It's what keeps me going.
2. I have to commit to doing my long runs on my Fridays off (every other Friday). NO ifs, ands, or buts about it!
3. I've got to let go sometimes. I'm not Super Woman. (that was the hardest thing to say...)


So, I've updated my blog to reflect a few 5ks I've registered for and a 10k that I hope I'll get picked for, and a marathon I'm going to run. I've also made a training schedule that incorporates the fact that I am taking two graduate level courses each semester and I have to go to work and I have to have a small bit of a life.

And I'm not going to kick myself about this. I didn't prepare and this is the result of it. Big deal. I know next time to figure it out. There are peeps who are way more busier than I am and they don't complain about it and they get alot accomplished. I'm going to try and start taking that road. No more complaining on my blog. For real.

Training for Ridge to Bridge officially starts on Monday.

So, enough about me. There are a ton of folks that are running the ING on Sunday!!!! Try to give them your support! I know they will all do GREAT! Here are a few in no particular order (sorry if I left anyone out!)
Afuntinalla
Tara Sasser
Wes
David
Sarah
All of these peeps have links to other runners as well!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Oh, and good news: now that I'm not running on Sunday I can go see my nieces and nephews that will be in town, and Troy will get to visit with his cousin who is coming to town. See, every cloud does have a silver lining!


6 comments:

jeff said...

good call, amy. i know it's tough, but i'm confident you made the right choice. recovery after a race that you haven't prepared for is always tough and you'd be kicking yourself if you couldn't start training properly for a week or two.

good luck w/ monday!

Phil said...

Your approach is reasonable. You need to develop a training schedule that fits your life otherwise, you'll burn out.

Don't get down on yourself for backing out of a race that you've haven't been able to train for. That's the smart thing to do.

Good luck.

Firefly's Running said...

Amy, I am SO sorry. I hope you have fun this weekend.

miss petite america said...

sounds like you made the right decision and don't beat yourself up about it. life can get pretty hairy sometimes and it just takes some time to adjust to things...

i look forward to hearing about your training!

WannaBe5Ker said...

You are a smart cookie. You have to do what you have to do, and you can only do 100% of what you can do!

(did that make any sense?)

You will be totally prepared for that marathon this fall, and that is great you are still planning of some 5 & 10 K's to keep your appetite whetted!

I bet that was a hard choice, but I think you are smart. And you have a smart attitude about it. GL GL GL and have fun with the neices and nephews!

David said...

I am sorry we missed an RBF meet up chance but I buy into your assessment for passing on Atlanta.

I think you can just relax and run now that you have seen some lights and set a new course. Good luck.