Sometimes on Saturdays I have to decide between a nice, long shower or a run.
It’s pretty much my only chance to sleep in these days (even though I know some people don’t consider waking at 7 sleeping in), with writing, working and running dominating my morning hours Monday through Fridays and on Sunday, too. So I don’t get up early to run while Mr. T and T Junior snooze on Saturdays. I snooze, too.
And then I have to make a decision about what to do during T Junior’s nap, which happens around 10. Do I run for an hour? If I decide to do that, then I will have to squeeze in a quick shower before he wakes up, wants lunch and then we need to get on with our day. Or, do I lounge around, shower and then lounge around some more? I know. Tough decision.
But it’s about to change. My very first half marathon is a week from tomorrow. What am I going to do after that? I will have no race to train for. No dilemma about squeezing in opportunity for mileage.
Except my running buddy, Heather, and I have talked about signing up for the Jingle Bell Run & Walk 5K on Dec. 13. I haven’t actually registered yet, though. Assuming I do, then what? As I told Heather, I probably should have something to “train” for or else I might “fall off the wagon.”
I must admit, it is going to be nice to have a little of the pressure off, not that training for the Seattle Half Marathon has been terrible. I’ve just had a really hard time fitting in two 5-milers and a 3-miler during the week. It’s caused me a little stress here and there. I think two 3-milers and a 2-miler is easier to work with. The long runs on Sundays haven’t been bad since they are more like an event; something I know to set a chunk of time aside for.
In case you’re wondering, I chose shower today. We had a very important event to get to.