I am a list writer. It is much less stressful for me to write a list of all I have to do before a big event, say a marathon in California for example. There is so much to prepare, I don’t want to forget a thing, so I make a list. Writing out the list is… the first thing on my mental list right now. Out of town races are exciting, but bring an extra layer of anxiety for me. Not only do I have to pack three different potential racing outfits depending on the weather, I have my vacation clothes to pack as well. Then there are the responsibilities at home that I have to prepare. With three dogs and two cats, just picking up and going is not an option. I have pet sitting arranged and have to prepare their food for while I am gone. List items, so many list items to write and then get busy.
And did I mention my trainer wanted me to really focus on relaxing this week and eliminating stress? Okay – I will put that on the list too. Sometimes that is what our culture has come to, having to schedule time to relax. Remind ourselves to breathe deep. I just took a brief time out to take five deep breaths. (I wanted to time it to see how long it took, but that would be defeating the purpose I guess…) What a difference it made. I do feel more relaxed and it probably took no more than a minute. Honestly, I do not remember the last time I stopped to do that outside of a yoga or Pilates class. A practice I should incorporate more often.
In all of the busyness, I do not want to forget to appreciate the day, those dear to me, and let the other stuff fall into line. This morning I had a short run scheduled in zone two. I was planning on running three to four miles. Last night I made plans to meet a friend for breakfast so I was a little pressed for time this morning. I know I have the training in and tomorrow I have my last speed run workout to do before the race. It also will probably be the last speed workout I do before January too. So this morning I did run, but only a mile and a half. I am keeping my legs and lungs active and that is what matters most this week. I also was able to spend a little quality time with a friend. And that, fortunately, is not something I have to write on a list.