Ever want some time to think about practically everything? Run 17 miles on a Saturday…or any day of the week for that matter. You’ll have about three hours to ponder things assuming we run about the same speed. For the last couple weeks I’ve left the iPod at home and enjoyed the confines of my own thoughts while running. Money, job, school, girlfriend, family, Disney, my next run, vacation, the upcoming week, last week, past relationships, my next promotion, my next degree, my next job, my last job, my best friend, my worst enemy, those whom I inspire, those who refuse to be inspired, Disney, buying a house, that girl who just ran by (hey, I’m a dude!), renewing my apartment lease, my knee hurting, my knee not hurting anymore, and a host of other things.
In all that time suddenly I’m turning around and heading back to my car. I’m halfway finished. Where did the last 8.5 miles go? I’ve been lost in the run, not thinking about breathing, not thinking about running, not thinking about how far I have left, not thinking about any imaginary pain or real pain. Is it time for GU yet? Yep, it is!
In all that thinking I realize that having balance in life is key. Work, school, social life, family, alone time, exercise and everything else needs its little piece of my time. Many things take priority and those priorities will shift throughout the year. Right now I’m training for my first marathon so going out with my buddies is not at the top of the list on the weekend….a 17 mile run is. During the week my lunch time diet tends to be geared toward fuel more than “the business lunch”. Everything is preparing me for January and the long run. After that I will start to see if a social life on Friday night can be explored again. I’m sure it will!
So my advice is to have balance, but also have priorities for the time being knowing that those priorities can shift once you cross the finish line.