January is coming to an end, which means so is our trip to San Antonio. I’ve had a really great time bonding with some teammates and learning a lot along the way. Without realizing it, I was getting into a rhythm at home planning what I had to do each day and I started to feel like I was going through the motions. I think getting away from every day life with work and whatever else to train has helped me to take a step back and enjoy the hard work that goes into what I’m trying to do. I know that going home means going back to work and every day things that require a bit more scheduling again, but I don’t think I’ll feel like I’m going through motions anymore, “fitting in” my run or gym time. Why did I feel like there was such a rush before just to get it done? Sometimes I need to remember to enjoy the process, and this trip was a great reminder.
At the same time, I’ve learned that the life of a full time runner is tough. I mean, I am a full time runner in New Jersey too; it’s not like I switch to part time at home and do half the running, half the eating healthy, half the strength training, but I also have a part time job that keeps my mind off of running. Something I’ve learned while here is that I like having that distraction. Don’t get me wrong, I have been having a BLAST in San Antonio. As I’ve said before, I appreciate the opportunity to train in a new, warm place, and I know it’s something that’s good for me and I would like to continue doing each year. But non-training projects stop me from obsessing and dwelling. I was way too excited to get my work schedule emailed to me last week so I could write it in my planner and start working on student questionnaires. I’m also trying to take on an extra project. Not many details yet, but we have been talking a lot about ways that NJNY can become more involved in our local running community. Anyway, I know I can’t take on too much and training comes first, but it’s definitely nice to have something to work on.
That being said, we did come out here to put in some good hard work and that is pretty tiring. Although we (or at least I) lack the energy to go on big Texas adventures every day, we have been taking advantage of the trip. Quick recap: we took a mini road trip to Austin, ventured downtown and saw the Alamo and the River Walk (from what I was told before coming down here, the trip would not have been complete without it), I explored the natural bridge caverns when my brother came to visit from Houston, and we got to know some of the awesome local runners through the grand opening of We Run San Antonio running store. Most importantly, we did some serious quality training. Success.
On to the next adventure: 2014 Indoor Season. Get ready Seattle, we’re on our way.