THERE hasn’t been a blog post for a while. I’ve missed it, but I had to take a bit of time out to get used to a new work, study and training routine.
Everything has changed for me this month. I have an exciting new writing job in Leeds and I’ve returned to university. I’m doing an MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam and a degree in English Literature with the Open University. Why I’m doing two degrees is beyond me! It seemed like a good idea at the time. And if that isn’t enough, we’re also planning our wedding.
With so much going on I was beginning to wonder when I would ever find the time to train. I’ve never been much of a planner, but I decided that planning was exactly what I needed to do if I was to manage everything.
I looked at my training schedule. I looked at my diary. I identified when I would run and put this in the diary. Monday and Tuesday, for example, I had to run at 6am, whereas Thursday was 6pm. And I did it. I juggled running, commuting, work and study. I even completed an intensive two-day coaching and mentoring course, and booked my wedding makeup and music. I felt really proud of myself, even a bit smug. I was going to be one of those people who manages to fit hundreds of things into their life. It was all going to be fine.
Unfortunately, what I didn’t manage to do is feed the horses. Thankfully Mum and Dad were on hand for the horse care, so my lovely ponies didn’t go hungry. I just missed them. A lot!
‘I’m not going to manage,’ I told Mum when I finally caught up with her on Thursday evening. ‘How can I fit everything in?’
‘You take on too much,’ she said. ‘But you’ll cope. We’ll help.’
I started listing all the things I’d not had time to do. Like seeing Olivia my niece, having my nails done and writing my blogs. I’d not done any of these things. Just so I could run.
‘Is it worth it?’ I asked Chris.
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘It is.’
I have my doubts, but I love running. I love the sense of achievement I get from it. I love blogging about running. I love that I can eat loads of cake and not get fat. I love running for the friendships I’ve made. I love running as a way to relax. I just love running. Nothing is going to stop me running.
But… I’ve made the decision to back off from racing, not give it up entirely, but not do as much. There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment. Other things have to take priority. I will still be blogging and running and writing, but I won’t be racing every other weekend. I will choose one race to target, and train for that. If I don’t cut back, I’m not sure I will get through the next few months.
It’s early days with studying and the new job. I’ve no idea what the commute, the office routine and work/life balance will be like. Two weeks in, and I’m still figuring things out, but at least a routine is starting to emerge. And, I’m still running and blogging!