Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

One more day ’till Friday, One more day ’til Friday!!

Can you tell I’m excited for the weekend? I feel like this week has kind of dragged on. I’ve been trying to spend more time with the husband in the evenings, which has led to late nights. He’s a stay-up-late kind of guy, as he often gets home from work after 11PM through the week and as late as 1AM on weekend. Last night he came home around 10:45 and instead of saying “Hi” to him real quick and then going to sleep, I stayed up to talk and watch TV with him. Quality time, yo.

As a result, my 5:30 AM alarm came way too quick. I snoozed until after 6 (EEK) and headed out for an easy run. Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually “workout” days, but Tuesday’s workout didn’t happen. I was comforting a sick/upset toddler in the morning, so I had to miss my morning run. Instead, I did an easyish run at lunch and a couple miles in the evening. I moved the workout to Wednesday, but of course the husband and I stayed up late Tuesday night watching Wayne’s World, and so I was late heading out the door. I squeezed in 6.3 miles yesterday with a few fast (for me) paces.

Wednesday morning run
Wednesday morning run

Long story short, I needed today to be easy since yesterday was a semi-workout. I’m considering moving Saturday’s long run to tomorrow and making up the Thursday workout on Sunday. Does that make any kind of sense? Haha, I just need two days between a hard run and a long run. This is all getting way too complicated for this early in the morning.

Anyway, I managed 7.1 easy paced miles this morning. I pushed my time, as Max is usually up between 7-7:15. I try to get home a little before 7, shower as quickly as possible and then go get him. He usually just wakes up and chills in his crib, talking to his stuffed animals or babbling about whatever random stuff is in his mind. He doesn’t usually cry or get upset unless he’s been awake for awhile and I haven’t gone to get him yet, and this only happens if I’m home late from running.

I came in this morning at 7:20, expecting to hear an upset Max. Instead – silence. The kid didn’t wake up until 8!?! I usually get him up after my shower and then blow-dry my hair while he watches cartoons or plays. I wake up the husband at 8, finish up my make-up and dart out the door. Today, I was pretty much ready by the time Max got up. Score!

Today's run
Today’s run

So my week may be a bit off, workout wise and mileage-wise, but I’m really fine with it. In the past, I would have obsessed. I would have done anything to stick to my exact training plan and would get pretty bent out of shape if I was “off.” I also ran way too many miles and was always exhausted. And my times were slower than they are now.

After having Max, I realized I could maximize my training by adding in one or two tough workouts a week, and losing some of the excess miles I was putting in. I’ve only done one full marathon since the little dude arrived, but I found the training sooo much more enjoyable because I eased up on myself. I aimed to hit the plan as much as possible, of course, but if I missed a run or workout, or didn’t hit the paces I wanted, who cared? I ended up running a 24-minute PR. I’d say flexibility works for me.

I’m also so much happier the less I worry about whether I ran 6 miles or 9 on any given day, or whether I hit 45 miles instead of 60 miles for the week. In the grand scheme of things, running is small potatoes. It’s what I do for fun. For stress relief – not added stress! I of course want to BQ this fall, but if it doesn’t happen, if have 30+ years of running (fingers crossed!!) to make it happen. I would rather be happy, fulfilled, and enjoying time with my friends and family versus losing sleep over my training. I’m focusing on what’s important and not sweating the small stuff. It’s definitely a much more fun way to train.

Wearing a suit is NOT SMALL STUFF according to Max. It's definitely worth sweating, or crying, over.
Wearing a suit is NOT SMALL STUFF according to Max. It’s definitely worth sweating, or crying, over.

Back to the grind I go!

What’s your workout today?

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12 thoughts on “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

  1. OMG Toddlers in suits. Cutest thing ever. 🙂
    Kicking out the junk miles is something that I’ve been working on lately too. Quality definitely trumps quantity! I also tend to perform better when I don’t put so much pressure on myself. I’m hoping it works out for me this fall and I hope it works out for you too! 😀

    1. AHH I know, I about died when I found that suit! He has to wear it to a wedding in a few weeks and I’m sure he’s going to be really happy about it 😉 Soo true – quality trumps quantity for sure! Thank you and hopefully it pays off for both of us!

  2. Looooooove your attitude towards training and how running needs to be a stress RELIEVER, not add extra stress. Sometimes I get so caught up in training and obsess over paces and miles that I forget why I’m doing it in the first place. And your 24 min PR shows that it works 🙂

  3. I think our bodies and minds really do respond much better to less pressure. I think alot of us get caught up in the competitive aspect of running (not just with others but with ourselves too) and that’s when we lose sight of what’s really important. I think we all go through a phase like this but then come back to life and realize that times aren’t everything. I’m so happy to hear you’ve been enjoying being more flexible with your training! I am too 🙂

  4. Ahhh thank you for this post, it really speaks to me and what I’ve been going through lately! It seems like we’ve both been thinking about the same things (the role of pressure in running and how to overcome it), so even though our outcomes were different (I had to throw in the towel on marathon training) I can totally relate.

    I have to constantly remind myself that obsessing more over a goal doesn’t make me more likely to achieve it. Charissa is right that many people respond better to fewer pressure and less expectations. This winter, I was running super low and inconsistent mileage so I thought I would race horribly, but I ended up setting 3+ minute PRs in the 10K and half marathon. I think too many of us operate under the assumption that we need to create a perfect set of circumstances in order to do well in races, but PRs often come when we least expect them.

  5. WOO HOO! Way to go, Molly! Sounds like you had a wonderful training week, including the surprise that you made it home before Max woke up; that’s a nice bonus, right? I am way, WAAAY, far away from a BQ time, but I’m still going to imagine it, think about it and continue working hard and trusting my training to help me improve; you can definitely get there, girl!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tara! You said it perfectly. What we can do is think about it, continue working hard and trust our training! It sounds like you are doing awesome as well!

      And yes, it was a marathon training miracle that I made it home before Max woke up 😉

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