When I signed up for my classes this semester, I knew one thing was true: I was about to have zero life Monday through Thursday. It's week 4 and guess what? I was right. It feels like a mad dash from 7 or 8 am (depending on when I start work) straight through till 9-10pm. It's chaotic, but it actually works. But, a funny thing has happened in these past four weeks. That time I'm losing? It's all of a sudden becoming that much more valuable. I'm not superwoman and I cannot attempt to be. Sure, some days I fit in every little thing. Some days? I'm lucky I remember to put my shoes on the right feet.
At first I was worried. Worried I would stop running completely. That I would somehow forget how to run or gain about 500 pounds. Neither has happened...at least not yet ;) Instead, I take what I can get. Sure, I could get up early and run before work, but I'm tired from working full time and going to school 16 hours (9 credits) a week. So, the thought of getting up even earlier isn't that appealing most days. That's not to say I will never do it, but I'm coveting sleep these days and gladly sleep in a little longer if it makes days more bearable.
I discovered something amazing about Schoolcraft (the community college that I attend). They have one heck of a fitness center. It's brand spanking new and the machines are amazing, to say the least. On Tuesday/Thursday, I don't have class until 6pm, so often I can squeeze in a short run between work and class (depending on when I get off work). I've even taken a ride on one of the bikes.
Realization #1 - not having a gym membership, has made me miss having one. I like the fact I can pick any piece of cardio equipment or a random weight machine and just do my thang. I also like the fact it's "free" to students. Okay by me!
Which also works in conjunction with Realization #2 - Running less has made me crave it more. I don't dread long runs (even on the treadmill). I look forward to the time to just zone out and enjoy the run. I feel like it's also made me strive for a higher quality run, rather than "Junk" miles.
8 miles at 1% incline on sunday. Puppy bowl watching occurred. It was glorious. 8:35 pace. Clearly I gave that a thumbs up.
I feel like a half PR is within reach for either Rock CF or Bayshore. Less running + higher quality runs = happier Megan, less injuries, and hopefully speedier races. I went back and forth between thinking that run less run faster ideology had truth behind it or not. I'm kind of thinking now, that it does. I guess I'll truly know when I do races. But, I do know that paces feel easier now and I definitely (knock on wood) haven't had as many aches/pains/etc.
But, less is more isn't just applying to my exercise mindset. It's applying to my life, as well. Realization #3 - seeing Ryan less has definitely made me miss him more. We've been together nearly 7 years and though we love each other, we can certainly drive each other bananas. In fact, I know that before I went back to school I DID drive him bananas daily because I needed another adult to tell every.single.thing. Now? I think we are both busier and have more stories to share at the end of the day. By not being together every single second the moment we get home, we can both kind of regroup and then talk. It's probably made us communicate better and listen more. Sure, I still tell him a lot of asinine things (hello, my name is Megan, that's kind of my thing), but I would like to think I've scaled back some on the amount of word vomit that comes out of my mouth.
Besides talking more, I think we appreciate each other more and the time we spend together. We can easily fall into ruts of "pajamas on, couch dwelling commence!" mindsets. Which is all well and good, but sometimes it's good to go on a date and remember what the person looks like in something other than sweatpants.
before our date at the Chop House at the end of January
That date night? One of the most fun we've been on. Good food, good conversation, lots of lovey dovey feelings. I think we may go on a date this week too - just to the movies, but it's nice to have something to look forward to together.
Remember how I said I felt like this was going to be my year? I still subscribe to that notion, mainly because less is more will get me through it. It's okay that I can't do everything, every day of the week. I'm picking and choosing what matters and making it work. I'm choosing quality over quantity. Quality runs to make me a better runner. Quality time with people that matter to me. And quality experiences over trying to do every little thing to make every person happy.
Cheers! And PS - I also miss all of you, so truly, absence does make the heart grow fonder.
-Anyone else subscribing to the "less is more" mindset these days? How so?
-Tell me one thing you're looking forward to in the near (or not so near future).
-Anyone racing anytime soon? Megan and I are doing a 5k this saturday!
-Any other fun things to share?