I was in a bit of a Running Funk. I think I just got overwhelmed with life and training on top of that was making me crazy. Last week when Doug and I were in CT looking for a home for our up coming move I had an Epiphany, I don't have to train like a maniac all the time. Duhhhh!!! I know most of you are now thinking ...ummmm Tara that should have been obvious. Sometimes I just don't have an "off" switch, especially when it comes to things I am passionate about. I love running and I love the feeling of pushing myself but lets face it moms out there, the holidays are ridiculously busy. And of course there is other stuff going on like... A MOVE! So like I said I had an epiphany I could chill out and just run for the pure joy of running. That is right I could just run and not worry about mileage. And that is what I am doing. Since last week I have just run when I can fit it in. I have scrapped my Rocky Training plan and am just running whatever distance feels good that day. I have to say I have run 10 miles each day for the past 4 days so my training hasn't fallen off that terribly either. I think I just needed to give myself permission to not train hard. To let myself be ok with running a race knowing that I might be able to do better had I trained harder but that I didn't have time for that at this point in my life. Family comes first and if running is making me crazy rather than relieving stress something needs to change. I am officially throttling back for now and we will see what January brings.
On a housing note: We did find a great house in CT and plan to move in February if all goes well. I think I will still make Rocky but am pretty sure I won't make the Austin Marathon (total bummer was going to get to run with Theresa again).
And the winner of the belt is (you should hear drum roll here): Crafty Jogger
Please send me a note with your Name, Address and which belt you want and I will let Donna know. Congrats, you are getting one awesome belt.