I’ve been in better shape.
I’ve been in worse shape.
I’ve been stronger.
I’ve been weaker.
I’ve been in better shape.
I’ve been in worse shape (really).
I’ve been so many things and I will end up being so many more. Things ebb and flow. Up until a month ago, I seemed to be right on target for my Birthday Half Marathon right up until the world stopped. Since then, training has not been training but getting a run in here and there as allowed. Races right now are non existent. Although, I think I might still try to do the virtual run, but I don’t think I will run the full half. Probably just the 8K.
Since formal training has come off the table and I have been trying to not loose my mojo. Not just me but my whole household. You know when you have nowhere to go and nothing to do, you really have time to squeeze in a workout. We even cleaned out the garage. Bought some equipment, mats for the floor and are in process of turning our garage into a home workout space. It helps that many are sharing workouts online. One that I have found that I like is the Nike Training App. During the Stay at Home orders they are even allowing you to view workouts for free. Yeah.
I even went so far as to dust off a no equipment workout from my CrossFit days. Let me just say that while I did the workout, it was not pretty and it made me think. I realized that while I’m not sure that I would want to be doing CrossFit now that I was in the best shape of my life when I was doing it. The cross training was key. I further realized that I gave my all to running and allowed everything else fall to the wayside. Time was limited and I chose running over yoga, CrossFit, cross training, and everything else. It seemed like a necessary tradeoff but it wasn’t a smart one.
On top of that I realized that by letting everything else go, I was missing out. Now I realize that I am now in my early 50’s, but I have lost a lot of upper body strength. A lot. Yes, I can run marathons. Yes, I have endurance. Yes, I can get to the finish line. All those things are true, but I lost balance. Balance in life is good. Balance in life brings harmony. Balance is easy to loose. I could still run a marathon but I had to push harder than I should because of all that I stopped doing.
When I had balance with running, biking, HIT workouts, weight lifting not only was I in great shape physically but I was also able to run faster and further without injury. Now I realize that I am getting older by the day, so I may not get faster but I can certainly get stronger and find the balance that I lost. And since I am getting “older,” my body needs balance more than ever. I also realized I missed it. Yes, I’m a runner but I’m am more than legs especially at 5 foot 2. In thinking about it to, saying I am a runner made it ok not to be anything else. I used it as an excuse not to do other things even things that I enjoyed doing.
Often our lives become out of balance with out us even realizing it. We take more responsibility at work, our families require more of our energy, volunteering for important causes takes time, pets, responsibilities and one and on it goes until we realize we don’t have time for “self care.” We become out of balance without even paying attention or noticing.
Now some people hate the phrase “self care” or view it as hokey. Some think it’s selfish. Some think that there is no time. Some don’t understand that it doesn’t necessarily mean bubble baths, salon visits, or even running. Self care is what is necessary in order to recharge your batteries what ever that may be for you.
Right now most of us have a lot of extra time. There is no where to go. There is no better time to give yourself some TLC because you deserve it. Right now the world is raw, emotional, and tender. Everyone is worried. Everyone is stressed. Everyone has their own baggage that most people have no clue about. There is no better time to add balance and self care to your life because you can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself.
So with that said, I’m looking to control what I can in my life and bring balance to it where I can. For now that means adding full body workouts. Taking time to do more than just lace up my shoes. And the good thing is that right now I have to the time to see where this will take me. Hopefully it will take me to a more balanced approach to my running.
Do you have balance?