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A Little Guilt and a Gameplan

Where do I even begin thanking y’all for the overwhelming support? Your comments were encouraging, honest and insightful. I also must admit that I feel a little guilty. I truthfully wasn’t trying to solicit praise for my blog by sharing my dilemma/feelings/anxiety with you but I truthfully must admit that the comments were nice to receive.

(Please excuse BlackBerry photo quality and dark circles –
need to catch up on some sleep this weekend!)

The thing I would like to touch on most is that this blog is not the sole source of my anxiety/worry. I think the source is just generally being overcommitted. I think embarking on the Marine Corps Marathon training plan kind of put me over the edge…especially since running has become a distant second to yoga over the last year. But as the wise Yogi Monster said, I have committed to running this marathon and whining about it and dreading runs isn’t going to help me any. I’m having a bit of an identity crisis – am I still first and foremost a runner? I don’t know anymore…but that question doesn’t have to be answered today. Or really ever.

Why am I sharing all of this with you? Because as many of you have pointed out the last two days, this is a healthy living blog and I preach about maintaining a balance and balance is something I’m struggling with right now.

How am I going to deal with this?

  1. Only teaching my two scheduled BodyPump classes each week. No more subbing or Saturday rotation until marathon training is over. I LOVE teaching but strength training is tougher for my body to recover from – especially when I’m marathon training and my body is already tired from tempo workouts and long runs.
  2. Not documenting everything I eat. I will continue to share a lot of my eats with you but I’m not going to stress over sharing every single lunch or snack – especially if it’s something you’ve seen before.
  3. Not posting every day. Not that I have been super diligent about posting every single day before now but I’m going to stop stressing about feeling like I have to! I will continue trying to post each weekday but we are traveling every weekend in August and there is no way that I will be able to post on the weekends. I will try to do weekend recaps on Sunday nights. You probably won’t hear from me on Fridays and Saturdays. But I know you’re all out enjoying the weekend anyway, right!? 🙂

This is just the start of getting a handle on everything but I think it’s a good one and at least makes me feel a little saner. I’ve got some great ideas for the blog and ways that I think I can add value and provide more education rather than just boring you with a recap of every day of my life! So please stick with me?

Again, thank you for being the most supportive, encouraging, honest, inspiring and fabulous blog readers ever. You don’t even know how much you’re helping me get through this!

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  • runnerstrials July 29, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Jen! Hang in there 🙂 I can totally relate to this post. I’m the queen of over-commitment. It’s so hard training for a marathon, nevermind working full time, being a wife, friend, yogi, body-pump instructor and double-blogger. I couldn’t handle it all, and you do it so gracefully. I’ll stick with you 🙂

  • kathryn July 29, 2010, 9:06 pm

    yay! good gameplan 🙂 lemme know when you need a sub. i know how awesome a morning (or evening) off can be.


  • kat July 30, 2010, 12:56 pm

    1. i just caught up on the last couple of posts…
    2. if i can’t read them every day i certainly don’t expect you to post every day :0)
    3. i just noticed you don’t have a rest day in “this week’s workouts”…! girl! you and i talked about this (because we both struggle w/ the same issue)! no wonder you feel stressed! mentally and physically, i would imagine.

    i totally support your new game plan. don’t even post every week day if you don’t feel like it. you and your “outside the blog” life come first! we all love to read whenever you post but it’s not worth it if you’re not enjoying it.

    now get off this computer and go relax!! :0)

    • Jen August 3, 2010, 5:24 pm

      Kat – super late response here but I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging and realistic comment. Ugh, and I’m trying to get better about the rest days – I just have too many workouts scheduled and don’t want to give up any of my yoga days!!!

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