Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Trying to Get Back to the Everyday

Since yesterday was a holiday, and we had a short week last week because of Disney, I've been a little all over the place. I'm leaving again on Thursday, so I'll have another short week. I always talk about how I'm kind of loose with my training and life, but because of that, I tend to operate best on a schedule. I'm like a kid who functions best with some structure. I'm much more relaxed when I don't have to make a million little decisions everyday (should I run? how much? rest? etc.). I think I might be slightly ADD, so I stay more focused if I have a plan to hang my hat on. I'm oh, so willing to spend 2 hours messing around doing nothing, so if I want to get anything done, I have to schedule it ahead of time.

So, all of this is to say, that I'm desperately trying to get back on schedule - and I'm failing miserably! As I mentioned, I'm trying to incorporate yoga into my training, but am having a hard time deciding when is best to go. I used to take my rest day on Tuesday (the big hill day in our running group), but now that I'm going to do Old Dominion (and there is a big mountain involved), I figure I better start doing some hill training. Pronto. So, when should I rest? Every other day has something good going on with the group and I don't want to miss any of it! Can you say obsessive :) I'd also like to do some swimming...and the list goes on. Help!

As for running, I'm slowly inching my mileage back up, careful to keep my heart rate fairly low until I'm ready. I'm back up to two runs a day, half on pavement, half on dirt - one with the group, one alone. I'm staying at the back of the pack, trying for consistency rather than speed. I'm lucky to have some good buddies (Gilbert, Luis) who will stay back with me until I'm ready to open up a little bit. What would we do without our running buddies? I'd probably still be running 11 minute miles around my block everyday!

Finally, if you get a chance, go over to Julie's blog and Ronda's blog to read about some incredible running. Julie just ran a snowshoe marathon with major freezing temps and Ronda ran 40 miles at Pace. I'm just in awe of how tough these women are! After I write kind of a whiny post (see above), I go and read their blogs for a good kick in the butt! These ladies rock!

Happy running!


Bev said...

I am obsessive with lists. I have to have a list to organize myself or I flounder. Sounds like your training schedule is pretty full. Have you thought about getting a yoga dvd to use at home? It might be easier than trying to make it to a class. Hey pop over to my blog. I'm having a contest and want to see what you can do. I have a feeling you'll do pretty good.

Rooster said...

I love your easy going way of life it's so much like my son Alex. Not that you are like an 11 year old but he is so happy with just going with the flow while his type A parents run around scheduling and doing and sometimes foregetting to stop and smell the roses. Though I wouldn't have it any other way because for me it works and makes me happy. I really love to be around the more easy going folk so I can calm down. :) BTW - I don't know if my run deserves any readers as my attitude was horrible but thanks!

olga said...

I wish I can fit more different things into my schedule too! Same problem...may be I can retire? Like in 30 years? :)

Carilyn said...

Ronda: Definfitely a workout worth looking at because you were hating it AND still did it! We can all definitely take a lesson from that!

Olga: I've pretty much decided you are the most productive person I know. If you could lend me half or your "get-it-done" attitude, I'd be eternnally grateful :)

Bob Gentile said...

Hey Carilyn, I think I am going to do Kettle Moraine 100 now instead of ODM100 :-(

Email me from my blog and I will keep u posted...not sure if u know anything about that race but heard a lot of good things about it...anyways if u want u can email me...

I am a post it note freak to help me stay organized, I have them all over my house--LOL