Monday, August 29, 2011

Running On Empty

As I sit at soccer practice and type this post on my iPhone I feel that saying these past few weeks have been insane in the Bitecofer household is an understatement. Recently my days have started between six and six-thirty a.m. and I have not been stopping until midnight, sometimes one in the morning. To make matters worse, today marks the fifth day in a row that my day will have been that long and not have included a run. And aside from a fourteen mile trail race that Chanda and I have registered and lined up babysitting for I don't currently see any runs in my near future.

Most of you are aware that Chanda and I serve as the kids pastors at our church but what many of you are not aware of is that I am also an entrepreneur. Being self employed has had tremendous benefits but recently I landed some very physical work that will occupy me all day, five and six days a week for a couple of months. This has been a substantial change from what I am used to. Not that I'm not used to working long hours. I am. But my long hours are typically spent behind a desk and this job is extremely physical, leaving me exhausted and wanting nothing more at the end of the day than to go to bed.

Please don't think I'm complaining! I'm not. I am incredibly grateful to have this work at a normally very slow time of year for me. But what I am is struggling.

See, Chanda and I are about five weeks out from the race we have been training for all summer. I feel stronger than ever right now and I am confident that if I ran the race tomorrow I would PR. But if my training comes to a screeching hault now...what will happen? On top of that, I miss running! I miss that almost meditative time of gliding through the woods with no distractions. It's therapeutic.

But at the end of the day, after soccer pracitce and dinner, after the kids are showered and in bed, after the house is cleaned up, when the dishwasher is loaded and we have finally reached a point where I feel like I can run guilt free, when I look at the clock and realize that I have five, maybe six hours until I have to get up and do it all again and I feel like I just don't have any gas left in the tank...What would you do?

At this point I'm still not sure how to handle this predicament but I plan to (try) to keep you posted on what I do end up doing over the weeks leading up to the race. In the mean time I'd love to hear from you! What do you do when life's responsibilities interfere with your love of running? Do you skip, slack on or let something slide? Do you give up runs? Or do you suck it up and muscle through? I'd love to hear what get you through the busiest times of your life! So leave a comment! Maybe your methods will help someone else.

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