Last night was my first run (or shuffle) in a while. I had been doing well keeping up with the one triathlon discipline that I like least (running), but somewhere along the way it got pushed to the back burner.
As I struggled through my 3 miles last night, I didn’t go to my usual place of beating myself up for not doing more, for not being more motivated, for not feeling better. Yay! That’s progress .
Reality is that I haven’t been running because I have been doing many other things. Truth be told, I haven’t been swimming either. I’m plain ole busy right now. It’s all I’ve been able to do to keep up on the bike, but it’s been ok because what’s making me so busy is valuable as well.
Here’s the age old question…How in the world does a person manage and balance all that life has to offer with training? How am I going to fit in training for all 3 disciplines with everything else that makes up the busy-ness I call life?
Either something has to give so I’m not over obligated or it’s time to focus on … Organization! Time management! Prioritization! All this equals mom, life, profession, AND training balance.
It really is difficult to keep up the balance. Some times the scale will tip one way toward training, and then tip back the other way. That said, the people who want it manage to make it happen, so if you’re not making it happen, what’s standing in the way?
Ask yourself a few questions…
- Why are you training?
- What motivates you?
- What stands in the way?
- How much do you enjoy your training? Or do you enjoy it at all?
- Does your training time create a rift between you and your spouse/significant other/your kids?
- What is the benefit of your training?
The first key in balance is really understanding why you’re training…the benefits and drawbacks.
Next week we’ll take a look at options for creating balance between training and the rest of life.
If you have ideas on what works for you in terms of balance, I’d love to hear from you via email and add your ideas into next week’s blog.
~ Coach Carrie