#MarathonMonday WK 4 Boundaries and How to Set Them
Good caffeinated Monday morning! Trying to wake up like whoooooa bam in yo face it’s a brand new week already y’all! Well, here in western NC we’ve got a two hour delay for schools thanks to a few snow flurries. Which is kind nice. Gives me an extra minute or two to get my stuff together. You know, I’m a terrible wakeruper. I mean, I’m definitely a morning person but I also definitely enjoy taking my tiiiiiiiiime to get going.
So back to the point of this post…
The title may or may not have been a bit of bait and click scam. kinda. I’ve been on the boundaries struggle buss here lately with all faucets of life. If you’re a mom or marathoner or a business owner or human you probably already feel me on this one.
Here’s all the tips that we already hear:
- Set a schedule and stick to it!
- Set “days off” and stick to if! No emails, texts, calls or work.
- Set “blocks” of time for specific work. I.e.: emails, blog works, client time, planning hour, personal development, etc…
Here’s the reality:
- Sets schedule…then falls apart because you’re the most scattered brained person you know.
- Sets days off but then realizes there’s tasks you’ve forgotten to complete. Or people you’ve forgotten to respond to. And *gasp* if you lose a client due to that.
- Sets blocks of time that turn into triangles, circles, octagons….anything other than square blocks.
Anyone else out there working in circles? Ha!
A few useful sites for entrepreneur growth and time management skills:
- I found a few useful articles like this one that gave me an interesting piece of advise that says we should plan for “scheduled interruptions”. I’m thinking my kid may fall into this category. Ha!
- Then I found this article about useful free tools for the solopreneur. This I can get down with. It’s on my “to-read” and implement list.
- Eat That Frog is an inspiring read all about procrastination I found through a fellow fitness friend. I’ll get around to finishing this one eventually…
Out of all of the advise I’ve read I do know that this one peice rings most true…
We can set boundaries and schedules all day long but in the long run we humans were designed first and foremost to love. And that means loving your life. So if the plans you’ve set out to accomplish don’t get done right away take a deep breathe, recharge and get back to grind.
So speaking about boundaries…that marathon training…
Last week I ended up with about 39 miles. Even with my bonk run Saturday. Oh, it was an awful, awful run that made me question my sanity. Two weeks ago I fell sick and missed most of my runs, last week I was still recovering and missed my paces nevertheless, I’m marching on! And I think if I’ll actually stick to the RLRF plan I’d do better. boundaries I’m really struggling with the run less portion. A little background if you’ve not been with me from the beginning (think first blog: flying feet in faith 2012) I used this plan for my first marathon because I was a single mother with limited time. Then, as I progressed I used various other plans like:
- Runners World Big Book which I still favor most because it had the most variety including hill work and I took 12-15 minutes off two marathons.
- Hansons Marathon Method I had. Love/hate relationship with this one resulting in a 2 minute PR… I liked that I never had to guess what the workout was but hated the long slow monotony of it all. But, isn’t that marathon training?
- I started Advanced Marathoning but the schedule proved to be too much for my life with family and work. Maybe I’ll revisit it one day…
At any rate…this will be the second time I’ve training with RLRF. So, I’m curious to see how this all pans out.
Plan: Run Less, Run Faster
Goal: Finish Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon unscathed. No time goal here. Rather a St.Jude Hero Goal HERE! <3
Monday XT + SW*
Tuesday 5 x 1000m w/400m RI (8 miles roughly) ST*
Wednesday XT + SW
Thursday 4 MP tempo (total 8 miles) +ST
Saturday LSD 20 miles @+60 sec MP
Total miles: 36
*SW stability work ST strength training XT cross-training MP marathon pace LSD long slow distance RI rest intervals
But, you know, I’ve read so many other books that strongly advise against running a 20 miler on a 36 miler week. Like Hansons Marathon Method and Advanced Marathoning…and I agree with their points. If you’ll remember I chose this plan to try and balance out my new business endeavor with my own personal marathon training. I feel like I’ve kinda fumbled my way through this first month…all of life is one crazy expirament!
Anyone else struggle with boundaries?
30 Jan 2017 / runpinkjess / 2
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