It’t not a secret that I have been struggling all summer with my training and “injury” and in turn I have also not been racing as much as I was. I love to run and I love to race but only when I can be and give 100%. Lately I have been thinking about SACRIFICE and how it effects life. We have all been through it and we all need to make decisions that aren’t ideal.
Yesterday I mentioned not being able to do the Ragnar Relay due to finances. We have a lot going on and with such short notice I just couldn’t come up with the extra 250, not to mention I would have missed Brady’s first picture day and his soccer game on Saturday. There will be other Ragnar Relays (I hope). But there won’t be other first picture days and there are only so many soccer games in a season. SACRIFICE
I enjoy being a mother and I enjoy spending time with my children. Mike works late during the summer and I don’t like “pawning” my children off on other people, so that means runs get pushed later or to not doing them and in turn my training suffers. I love racing but I don’t like to put myself in bad situations. I run because I have had a lot of success in the last 20 years and honestly when the success is gone I will no longer race. I will always run, but I won’t always race. I want success but I have to decide what I am going to SACRIFICE.. it’s either time with my children, time with Michael, time working, time with my friends, or my running time. With a second job, the SACRIFICE has been running lately.
It kind of makes me sad, because I had pre-set goals for the fall and I now have to re-evaluate. I was actually shocked with my time over the weekend and I almost feel lucky to have some “natural” talent that makes up for my lack of training, but you can’t fake training for a marathon. I’ve decided to put as much as I can into the next 3 weeks and hope for another amazing race….unfortunately, I am going to have to SACRIFICE another thing in my life but for the next three weeks it’s all about my family and the marathon!
What do you think you SACRIFICE?