During Christine Palumbo’s keynote speech at the Healthy Living Summit, she mentioned “close enough is good enough”. At the time, I wrote this down but it didn’t sink in. It only resonated with me tonight on my walk home from my training run. I have to learn to leave work and allow things to be undone. It will be there when I get there in the morning. I have to learn to not be everything to everyone.
I remember meeting with a doctor a few years ago, and when asked me about what I had going on, I listed quite a few things. And then I started to cry.. and cry… and cry… to the point where the doctor gave me a card to a therapist. I’m not joking. My plate was too full. It’s been a few years, and I still haven’t learned to not fill my plate with so many things.
Tonight, I was invited to go to the casino for a “send off” party for our receptionist, and unfortunately, I decided to decline. I’ve decided to make my marathon training a top priority. I must make my training runs appointments, not casual things to do on my planner. I have to make running and myself a priority. If I stray from training, I’ll continue to stray.
My only problem with it is that there’s no rest day between long runs, which are on Sundays, and the next run on Mondays. I’ll have to tweak it a bit, I suppose. The Philadelphia Half Marathon is 13 weeks away, so that falls on a week when I’m supposed to do 16 miles. Oh well.
Well, as you might have already figured out, today was day one, a 2 mile run! Everything started off right. No pain in my knees, feet, or hip. Then at 0.8 miles, I picked up my usual side stitches, which lasted a 0.5 mile. But I kept going, and it eventually got better. I finished 2 miles (doing 3/1 intervals) in 24:40, a 12:20/mile pace. It’s not a great time, but I’m proud of it. I haven’t run in a long time, and I’m just glad to be able to run.