Thursday, 30 May 2013

My Halifax Family Adventure

It has been a whirlwind couple of days. Me and the whole family spent the last few days in Halifax visiting my sister and celebrating her graduation. So PROUD of this girl!
I have hinted over the past few weeks that things have been going a mile-a-minute over in my small corner of the world. So this weekend ended up coming at the perfect time. I was feeling a bit worn down. I needed some quality time with the family. And I was in dire need of some rest. After a few days of tummy troubles I opted to skip some of my planned training runs and just focus on being present. 

This is not something that comes naturally to me. I feel like I should spend everyday doing it all and loving it. So I usually spend hours feeling guilty. Berating myself for being weak. Regretting needing a break. Cursing my body for not be stronger. And condemning myself for not being farther along in the process. All of these things happened, but I still opted to listen to my body and take a break.

Some time off definitely help give me some perspective. I have been pushing really hard lately. But have not been a doing a very good job of taking care of myself. Lots of little things have been slipping. And I have been struggling to keep my head above water.
Training is never going to click if I don't take care of myself. Runs have been harder than usual. My energy levels have not been there. And those tummy troubles - probably a direct result of stress and less an stellar meal planning.The biggest sacrifices when I get busy are always sleep, proper meals, and downtime with the family. I needed this vacation to refocus and get back to what is important. This adventure is all about Health and Happiness, so sometimes I need to step back and restore the balance.

After 12 straight hours of sleep, a fridge stocked with lots of fresh nutritious meals, and some great quality time with my adorable family - I feel ready to tackle my training with renewed energy.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,