So… here we are January 15th. Half way through the first month of the New Year. I’m guessing you have already set intentions for the year head… are you on track? Slowly puttering along? I have my word of the year (more on that in a later blog) but I decided to have a mantra for January.
Go with It.
(i..e No Agenda, Go with the Flow, etc.). I know, it might not be the most positive sounding… or motivating… but I think it lends itself to “it’s OK to ease into the year” kind of attitude. Which some of us need!!! Sometimes we feel like we fail instantly if we don’t get our stuff done within days. If you were anything like me, December really took a toll – emotionally, physically, and mentally. Holidays are always a tough time when you have lost someone close to you and this year was no different. That, coupled with having a great holiday spirit, trying to find all the family time you can possibly muster, being with friends to celebrate the season, travel and and and!!!! So much!! So – I discovered what I need is a month of having no agenda (or rather little agenda). Of having the “Whatevs” attitude 🙂 Not that I am sitting around with nothing to do (or signing off on everything) but rather quite the opposite. I have never found myself more involved at school, giving myself the project of cleansing the house, helping the kids as much as possible (without hovering mind you), creating new healthy meals, and engaging my clients to more variety. It’s the training myself that is a bit of “whatev”. One of these days I’ll be sitting around eating Bon-Bons reading my favorite book but now isn’t the time. Now I just needed a break from the everyday.
From the planning. From the SPECIFIC training.
Getting outside on the bike with no agenda. Running without a watch. Swimming without racing your lane mate. Not needing to win. Just the need to fill the body with good energy, to feel healthy, and to break a sweat. One small problem in all of this. I signed up for LA Marathon several months ago. Had a few friends join in on the fun (always sounds like a good idea of the time right!) & next thing you know we were all clicking the “submit” button and paying our entry fee. Now it’s 4 weeks away. (hence a chill attitude on goals).
It has also been the month of indecision. I should get a coach. I don’t want someone else to tell me how to ride my bike. But it would make me faster. But I want to do my own thing. But a coach would keep you on track. But who cares if I get off track as long as I am having fun? The mind goes back and forth. Sways.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
I haven’t ran a marathon in about 15 years… (unless you count the ones that are proceeded with a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride). It’s a little daunting. It’s different. It’s not in my “comfort zone”. I thought originally it would be a no-brainer training (and potentially reaching the goal of a Boston qualifying time) and now I am finding it to be particularly challenging!! Of course it is!! IT’S A MARATHON!!!! Yes, indeed. Nothing comes easy. I have a good friend who is convinced I need 65+ miles a week to have a stellar race (he could be right btw). But 65+ miles ain’t gonna happen. Not this go around. Next time maybe 🙂 But now I need to be smart.. and have fun. Yes, maybe a May marathon would’ve been a smarter choice? Maybe.
Nah…. I signed up. I will start, and presumably finish. And I will give it my best with what my body can muster. I will say this past week I conquered the 20 miler (thank you Faye!). Well, not exactly conquered but I did complete it! The beloved 20 miler. If you can do that you can absolutely run 26.2 right?! Oh yes, the positive affirmation I needed.
So, goals change, life happens, and it’s ok to have a new attitude of “whatev” (and I only mean that in the most positive uplifting way). Doesn’t have to always be that way (I can reassure you mine will go away) but right now I can’t stress about getting workouts in when their lies other priorities. I am loving getting out there and doing what feels “right” and going with it.
I have something else going for me. The race takes place February 14th. And love never fails right?