What do you do when “life happens?”
Since my last post, a lot of “life happens” events have occurred for me. Within a week, a niece was married and a friend died after a 4 year battle with cancer at the all too young age of 44.
Life’s events, whether full of joy or sadness, have a way of knocking you off your game and out of your routine, especially when the routine is a new one and not fully ingrained in your daily ritual.
I am a very strong-willed person and I asked myself, “Why are these two events throwing off your desire to achieve a goal?” I’ve always thought of myself as a very introverted and independent person who was able to power my actions through internal motivation not externally through others.
Both the wedding and the funeral were attended by others who mean a lot to me. Many people I hadn’t seen in over a year and the events provided the opportunity to catch up. I shared my goal of running the half-marathon and the training program I was immersed in. To my surprise, I was met with responses of doubt and disinterest. Basically – whatever, who cares!?!
I must say it shook my world to hear a lack of support and encouragement of my personal goals from people who were close to me.
My training program languished.
After the realization that I was using other’s lack of motivation to effect my motivation, I knew I had to hit the reset button in my head and get the passion back for my goals.
So, after a few weeks of hit-and-miss training for the half-marathon, I got my groove back…and, BABY IT’S BACK!
That’s right, little miss independent internal motivation seeker has the pedal to the metal!
Here’s what a basic training week looks like:
- Monday: 3 mile WALK, 60 min STRENGTH TRAINING
- Tuesday: 30 min RUN, 60 min YOGA
- Wednesday: 3 mile WALK, 60 min STRENGTH TRAINING
- Thursday: 30 min RUN, 60 min YOGA
- Friday: 3 mile WALK
- Saturday: 3 mile WALK, 60 min STRENGTH TRAINING
- Sunday: 4 mile RUN (distance increases each week until half-marathon day)
It’s a little over 15 weeks until the half-marathon and I am going to do my flat out best to stick to my routine. Because there’s one thing for certain, more “life happens” events will occur and next time they’re not throwing my game off.
That’s right, Game on!
What do you when “life happens?”
Thanks Mom for writing another guest post. Do you have rest days? You crazy woman!
We’re both running the Vegas 1/2 Marathon 🙂 WOOT! Keep up-to-date with both of your running programs..she’ll be back to post again! ~Mish