This year is flying by, it seems. Life is busy and full of lots of things besides running for me.
With job hunting and everything else, I have not been running nearly as much as I had been. I started a new job in February that took all my focus and energy during training (about six weeks of INTENSE training), but now that I’m on a more regular schedule, life is settling into some sort of rhythm once again.
I’m getting in at least two or three runs a week (finally!) and starting to build my mileage back up now. It’s been tough getting out; during the nastiest weather, I’ve generally wimped out and gone to the gym for treadmill time. Now we are getting some better weather, though, so the outdoors has beckoned and I’ve been out on the trails more.
The new job involves working weekends (EVERY weekend), so I’m limited on the races that I can do. I have a few that were scheduled way in advance that I’ve been able to arrange for going to, though, so I’ll have at least two or three half marathons and my beloved Ragnar relay to keep me motivated to get those long runs in.
Doing a full marathon is still on my bucket list; I’d love to do one before my next birthday since I turn 60 next year (how did THAT happen?!). We will have to see how it goes with getting my mileage back up for what I currently have scheduled, though, and I do still need to work on speed so I’m not taking ALL. DAY. LONG. when I do finally get to do a full.
Part of that getting into a more regular schedule again includes taking off the 8 pounds or so that I gained over the fall/winter months. I’ve been able to keep off most of the weight that I lost (coming up on two years of maintenance, woo hoo!), but I did let some creep back on. My crazy work schedule doesn’t make it easy to lose (or even maintain), but then I don’t think weight management will ever be “easy” for me. I have a lot of bad habits from so many years of being overweight that I can easily slip back into when I’m tired or bored or stressed. Ah well, if it were easy, no one would be overweight or gain back weight once they lose it, right?
I’m going to update here more regularly (again), even though I won’t have races to talk about for awhile. What do YOU have going on these days?