Training Guilt and the Highs & Lows
Sometimes you go for a run and you feel invigorated, inspired and unstoppable. You know that your goals will be achieved and all of your dreams will come true. (BTW… I love endorphins)
Other times you go for a run or exercise and your legs are heavy, your eyes itch, and there seems to be a shifty squirrel who keeps following you around. Days like this you wonder why you even bother.
Training as of recent has been a delightful combination of WTF have I gotten myself into again…. and I feel like unicorns with sparkles are metaphorically running with me. (Wouldn’t it be awesome if they really were?!??) Unfortunately, training took a back seat to dental work, buying a house, moving, and now unpacking. However when I do get in those workouts it’s amazing. It’s just getting those workouts in and not letting all the distractions get in the way of my priorities.
I don’t know about all of you out there, but do you ever have mixed emotions about life getting in the way of training? Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who gets bummed that their long run on Saturday didn’t happen cause they spent all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday moving (okay well I know that’s a very specific example). What do you do justify taking more time for yourself to get those added workouts in? Sometimes, I feel like I’m being selfish by requiring this extra time. Am I the only one? Running can be a very solo activity and that’s how I like to train. By requiring this time away from my friends, family, house, and life in general I feel like I’m being selfish.
So, how do you deal with runner’s guilt? Do you ever have running mood swings? How do you ensure that training is a priority? Do you ever get upset with life gets in the way of training as much as you’d like?