Welcome to another episode of “brain dump” AKA Thinking out loud Thursday with Running with Spoons.
Today’s brain dump will focus on Ragnar, marathon training, and fortuitous beer.
1. It looks like I won’t be running Ragnar DC this year.
You may recall that I LOVE Ragnar. I’d run every Ragnar every year if I had that kind of time. I had an amazing time at Ragnar DC last year and and even better time (didn’t know it was possible, but yes, it was ) at Ragnar Cape Cod this year. So, of course, I signed up for Ragnar DC this year. Except the date has changed to October this year. Have I mentioned how insane October is around here? Birthdays and races and work conferences and soccer and… I knew it was going to be a crazy weekend, but I had it all figured out. And then Shoo made travel soccer. At which point, I realized that my barely under control schedule for the fall had been shot to hell. So, while I won’t leave my team in the lurch, I have requested that they look for a new runner.
2. I’m switching up my training plan.
I’ve had one heck of a week when it comes to running. Monday was meh and it was supposed to be a tempo run. Tuesday I slept in and had to run on the surface of the sun (aka Virginia in the summer. At noon.) and ended up doing 6 instead of 7. Yesterday I had to abort my run due to stomach issues. Yeah, I can deal with one #fail, but 3 in a row pretty much messes with the plan. Thankfully, I did build in a bit of space for a bad week, I just wasn’t planning to use it in the 3rd week of training. So, I’ll be shifting things around, with a hopeful end result of not having to do super long runs on vacation weeks and to move my long runs off of the one day a week Beer Geek is usually downtown. What was I thinking???
3. I’m rolling with the schedule changes.
Yesterday I was supposed to meet someone for a beer to chat about their organization. The meeting fell through at the last minute AKA after I was already at the meeting location. What’s a girl to do? Well, since I was at my favorite brew pub, I got a beer. Then I discovered that I had several friends who were hanging out there. So, yay, surprise beer and dinner with friends. Win!
4. I can’t be allowed near beer when I’m hungry.
I went into Trader Joe’s for milk yesterday and walked out with sushi and bottles of Hardywood beer. The sushi makes sense – I was starving. But the beer? How does that happen?
Life is kind of interesting up in here. Lots of changes happening and pieces not quite settled into place yet. Thankfully, most of them are good things, but still, being in a whirlwind of change is unsettling. I’m trying to just roll with it until life settles down a bit and allows me to re-evaluate where I am and where I want to go. Because I’m beginning to think it’s time to come up with a plan.
Are you good at rolling with changes? Or do you have a hard time? I think being a military brat has made me pretty able to just roll with things, but I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.
17 thoughts on “Thinking out loud: Ch-ch-ch-changes”
I’d be so mad if schedule changes occurred when I was already at the meeting place. Ugh. Oh well, at least there was beer, eh? And that’s awesome you got to see other people you know!
Fall is just crazy around here, just like summer is. Its only July, yet we only have 3 open weekends between now and the end of September. Just crazy!
I can’t run DC Ragnar either this year bc of the date change. I am also very disappointed and will be so bummed when they are all out there having so much fun. I hope we can both do another together next year. I am thinking Napa!
It’s funny – I think I can roll with the changes, but I kind of hate messing up the little excel/word doc I made up with my schedule. Haha! It looks like you’re doing a great job going with the flow and still getting the work in too!
I hope changing things up for you works out! I can be allowed beer if I’m hungry or not since I cannot stand the stuff!
I can roll with changes, but if I’m overwhelmed, the smallest change causes me to spazz out. I’ve always been that way.
I’m pretty good at rolling with the changes…I’m not saying I like it, but what can you do?
Change is hard! But taking an attitude of rolling with the punches (or beer) helps.
So which soccer league are you playing in (if you know yet). The potential is out there for our paths to cross–my son is U15–are you U14?
Ugh… I wish I was better with going with the flow, but I’m such a scheduled person that I have difficulty accepting any change. Definitely something I’m working on 🙂
Depends on the change. But even the “bad” ones – like moving from TX, where’d we’d lived 17 yrs & truly thought we’d retire, to NY – which I thought I’d escaped from 31 yrs ago! – bring with it good stuff, too. All about searching for that silver lining . . .
I’m learning to roll with change, but too much change can still stress me out a bit.
I hate changes but I’m getting better at dealing with them as I get older. Maybe it’s that I don’t have the energy to fight them like I used to but it’s kind of nice to be zen about them.
I used to get a little crazy if plans changed, but the older I get, the more I’m able to just roll with the punches. I dunno. Life has a way of laughing in my face when I make plans — better to just go with the flow and make the most of it 😀
I have a really hard time rolling with the punches – I wan’t to plan ahead and know what’s going to happen – but I’m learning!
Sounds like a crazy busy time. I want to do Ragnar too but I’m too nervous to commit at that time of year. It’s a busy time at work and I think it’s partially during a weekday or two.
I can roll pretty good up until a certain point. But, when things get overwhelming, I tend to shut down and not accomplish anything. That’s too bad about the Ragnar DC date change!
Oh no! So bummed to hear about Ragnar!! Sorry the runs haven’t been stellar, but I think we are all allowed a few off weeks. You legs know how to do the work, you’ll be back at it in no time!