Well hello there! How have you all been? For those of you who’ve been wondering, where in the world Running Betty has been….I’ve been traveling a lot for work and have been in a serious training rut. I was fortunate enough to get to spend almost the last month in Hawaii. Traveling the world definitely has it perks, but it can also be exhausting and put a major cramp on your schedule. Between the time zone changes and 60+ hour work weeks I was beyond burned out and on my way to a total melt down. I decided a couple of weeks ago, that with the current demands of my job, an October marathon is just not realistic for me. It’s a major disappointment, and was a difficult decision for me to make….And an even more difficult decision to accept. I’ve been pushing myself so hard for the last 2 years, with high hopes of the Wineglass Marathon being my first Boston Qualifier….But I simply had too much on my plate so something had to give. I honestly would have rather dropped the whole work thing off my plate, but all those pesky bills and adult responsibilities! *Sigh*
So here was my thought process….the traveling is not optional and only temporary. I could either keep stressing myself out about logging scheduled training mileage, track workouts, and long runs or……I could accept and enjoy the fact that work is giving me the opportunity to explore some pretty neat places. I believe that most of the time the key to happiness is acceptance and allowing yourself to be in the moment, so I went with the latter option. I mean, because really….who complains about HAVING to go to Hawaii for work?!?!
I still got a few relaxing 5-6 mile runs along the beach, while enjoying the beautiful Hawaii sunrise. I also squeezed in some outside of the box (or at least my box) workouts, including hiking to the top of Diamond Back Crater, Zumba, ocean kayaking, and paddle boarding. Not to mention, I saw some pretty cool sites and went to a luau!
And like I said, SOME running did happen over the last few weeks…..Here is my “hang loose” running run down:
Summary of Miles for Last 3 Weeks: 43.65
Total 2014 Miles: 860
I have a little more traveling to do, but things should start to settle down soon. I’ll continue to run, but with no specific goals in mind….other than enjoying being in the moment! I am hoping to get back into the full swing of things with my training in September. I hope everyone else is doing well! I’ve missed all of my bloggy/runny friends!!
Have you ever felt like you are trying to do too much? Have you ever had to bail on training or a race you were really looking forward to? How often do you just run for fun, with no goal in mind?