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After this weekend I am headed out of town again next week for 3 days for work and then back to town for the Kaiser half marathon (goal sub 2) and some Superbowl Shenanigans Fun. This 120 mph lifestyle is crazy to a lot of people but I just don't want to give anything up so I am constantly attempting to find the best method of juggling it all. Maybe you can't do it all but you can almost do it all, as long as you do it all in moderation.
This year I especially need to keep this in mind with 3 marathons on the schedule. I am focusing on keeping my training a balanced piece of my life and not my whole life or else I'll burn out before I even start. My problem with an intense training cycle has always been burning out early and then throwing away the 2nd half because what's the point. I start skipping runs, eating worse, drinking more and become very unbalanced.
This time around I've been much better about realistic scheduling and if I get home at 10pm and can't do my 10 miler (wed) so be it. If a 6 miler tempo turns into a 6 mile jog/walk so I can spend time with MFR, it's still 6 miles. I am not going to throw away everything because I missed one run. I've seen friends who go full throttle, become so obsessed with training and hitting every mile that they can't think of anything else. They no longer see their friends and instead sit at home on Friday night obsessing about every detail of their workouts. Unless you are training for the Olympics or plan on turning pro, your entire life should not revolve around a race. That kind of pressure is unhealthy and unsustainable. A race should be one of your priorities, a complement to everything else that matters and motivation for a healthy lifestyle. It should not be your whole life.
10 weeks in I'm proud of the balance I've been able to strike so far. The key for me is getting in all the long workouts and although I still partake in all my social obligations I am moderating my food/drink intake - (i.e. only