It seems like “busy” is the new status symbol. Everyone is constantly on the go and juggling so many things. The most common response to the question “How are you?” seems to be “busy”, rather than an actual answer. So, how do you balance work, life, fitness, etc. in your busy life?
Before I get to my thoughts on balancing things, I want to share some big news about Tuesdays on the Run with you. April has decided to take a break from blogging (details on her blog), so Patty and I have recruited a new co-host.
Please welcome Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice! I’ve “known” Marcia for years. I love her blog and we have a lot in common (except she’s way faster than me LOL), so I’m super excited to have her join us. I’m also a little jealous because she’s already finished her fall marathon (Twin Cities Marathon) and is busy running around doing things like spectating the Chicago Marathon. Anyways, make sure you stop by her blog and welcome her to the link up!
So, back to balance, or my lack thereof. I don’t actually think that most of us can balance all of the things we have going on. Rather, I think we all go through the day juggling a ton of different balls and hoping that none of them actually hit the ground. Me? I go through life prioritizing which ball I’m going to drop each day, with a hope that the one that gets dropped is nothing serious. Bathroom not cleaned? No worries. Not quite ready for a meeting with my boss? Eh, not great, but I have an awesome boss who understands. Kid forgotten at school or a payroll deadline missed? OK, those are precisely the balls I’m trying to keep in the air.
Right now, I’m managing to keep the important ones in the air. Barely. I expected to be in taper right now, with extra time to finish some work projects and get some house projects done. Instead, I’m spending all of my time juggling chiropractor visits and trips to the gym to try to keep my cardio fitness up. This is not the Taperville that I was imagining.
I don’t know that I’ll ever truly keep all the balls in the air. I have a bad habit of taking on too many different things, all at once. But after the marathon, the priority balls will change. I was beginning to feel burned out. Once I cross the finish line at MCM, I’ll be cutting back on my long runs, adding in cross training, and actually picking up a few weights. I’ll be focusing on my house and my kids and my marriage. I’ll be working more hours at work.
But first, I have some races to run. The question of the day, is just how many races…
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