Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dreading the Next 17 Days

One thing I didn't consider when I first started training for a half marathon was how much time it would take out of my life.

Just consider this: I run somewhere around a 10 minute/mile pace. Last week I ran 31.6 miles. That's more than 5 hours of running.

I can't think of anything else I do outside of work for 5 hours each week, except sleep. That's because by the time I get home from work it is 5:30. By the time we eat dinner and clean up it's 7. The kids usually go to bed at 8, so the hour after dinner is spent playing a little with them and getting them ready for bed. By the time they're fully asleep and we can feel good about doing our own thing, it's usually 9. Knowing that I have to get up at 6:45 the next morning, bed time is 11 at the latest. That gives me 2 hours to be with my wife, or do my own thing.

That schedule doesn't even include running! So the days I run are even worse.

That's why I'm dreading the rest of this training period. I'm tired of this crazy schedule. I'm tired of being sore (feet, ankles, hips). I'm tired of being tired!

As you can probably tell, my motivation is not very high right now. So, it's probably good that there's less than three weeks to go. But, I'm worried that I'm going to slack off and really hurt myself for race day. Hopefully I can push myself hard for just a little while longer and finish strong!

4 comments:

Craig Helfrich said...

Hang in there bro- You have worked too hard to just slack off now.

becky said...

You can do it Dan!
You have to "check it off the list", then you can aim a little lower like the rest of us.
But for now, you guys are great motivation (if you can run 13 miles, we can run 2 or 3)...so do it for us! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling the same burn-out you are, but we are ALMOST THERE! Don't give up now!!

Jill

Rachel said...

u can do it,
yes u can,
u can do it,
dan the man!

how's that for a peppy little cheer? yeah, i think i'll stick w/my day job.