Man have I been what feels like the busiest person ever. The past few days I have been leaving my house at my normal 4:15am but then only stopping home to change for a long 15 minutes before heading back out to not return home again until sometime after 7:00pm. In my book, that’s a long day! I have been downing more coffee than ever before.
I have been spending a lot of time at the gym I work at. Coaching CrossFit classes, practicing some Olympic lifts I need desperate help (hello horrible snatch) with and I even picked up a personal training client!
I have been in charge of the programming at the gym for a couple of weeks and I am realllly looking forward to the next 3 days. They are going to tough but fun for sure! Yesterday was a programmed rest day in order for everyone to recuperate for the next 3 days of F-U-N!
On Tuesday we did a workout that I personally really enjoyed. It was a tough one but it kept you moving and incorporated so many lifts that I never got bored.
It took me 19:34. I struggled more than I think I should have but still a decent time!
I haven’t been neglecting my running though! This weekend I went out for a cold but crisp 6 mile run. I brought my garmin with me just because I was curious what my “easier” pace would be. 8:30 average after not dedicating a ton of time to my running… I’ll take it! Yesterday, even though it was rest day, I wanted to sweat so I did an easy 5 mile treadmill run.
Even though I have been busy I have been really loving everything I am doing. I love the gym atmosphere. I love coaching. And now that I have my first personal training client for the first time since 2008, I remember how much I love working one on one with people.
Lately I have been struggling with my goals for 2013. A few people have asked me what my goal race this year is, what runs I am signed up for and what my running plans are.
I don’t have anything set in stone and that freaks me the F out. And not because I want something on my race schedule but because I am perfectly content not having signed up for any races yet. Sure, I am eyeing this 50K this year but that’s still a little while away. Right now I have been enjoying exercise. Really enjoying it. I rest when I am tired, run when I feel like it and lift a lot of weights. No pressure and no stress.
2012 was the year of the marathon, it was the year of running fast for me. I started upping my running last January in order to build speed and have a good base for marathon training. I knew Steamtown was my A race and I wanted to do everything I could to make sure I qualified for Boston so I was really strict with my schedule. It was awesome and I would do it all over again, but that doesn’t make it any less exhausting. All of 2012 I spent running hard and number crunching and working out because I had to in order to reach my goal. Right now…I am loving working out and look forward to it every.single.day. Just because.
2013 will have its races. I will run a few 1/2’s. I will probably finish a 50K. But I don’t want any time goals. I want to do CrossFit as I please. I want to run a 1/2 marathon or 4 and have fun with every.single. one of them. I don’t want to put pressure on myself or have expectations that are too tough. Sure, I will try to PR in my deadlift but that’s much different from trying to run a sub 1:40 half…at least for me.
I am having a hard time accepting these feelings. I am having a hard time accepting the fact that it’s ok to not always have something I am training for. I am having a hard time feeling like it’s ok to post on a running blog when I have no races planned and more importantly I am having a hard time accepting that I don’t want to have any upcoming races.
With this post I hope to take some pressure off myself. And I hope that 2013 continues to be as kick ass and amazing as it has been the last 10 days!