Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Finding my Training Mojo

I must confess, I liked being on vacation. I liked taking a break from training seriously. I liked spending extra time with hubby. I liked starting my mornings with a leisurely coffee and a baguette covered in strawberry jam. I liked the balance that vacation brought to my life. And I found it difficult to come back to the "real world".

One of the promises I made to myself while I was away, was to start Living My Priorities and focus on finding my balance.

It in truth, finding my balance, is something I have been struggling with for months. And it is the reason I pulled the plug on my half ironman. I have been searching for a peaceful place to heal, and peace can be easier said than done for this "type-A-try-to-do-it-all-crazy-pants".

So over the past few weeks I have been searching for an answer to that elusive question..
How do I prioritize myself, while still keeping up with everything else?

And despite being a very BIG work in progress, I think I am getting there.

I got a little lost in the shuffle over the past few months. I got swept up in the idea of always hitting faster times and tackling new distances. And I forgot why I really do all of this. Running is meant to be a way to honour my body. And Training is an outlet to push myself both mentally and physically. But ultimately I do it because I like it. I had to let go of the unnecessary stress and pressure I had created for myself and find joy in my training again.

And after a restorative coffee date with the one and only Morgan (aka Wildly Fit), I was reminded that your training doesn't have to be all or nothing. You can train hard, but still strive for balance and mindfulness. So going forward...

"I just want fast legs and a peaceful heart"

..is my new Fit Motto. And just like that, I found my running mojo again.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten


17 comments:

  1. I think it can be so easy for Type-A'ers to fall into that all or nothing trap. It's hard to pull back sometimes. Sometimes we finally have those ah ha moments. And then sometimes when you think you have it all figured out, you end up falling into the same patterns. Or perhaps I should be saying "I" ;-)

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  2. Your posts always make me want to smile as I feel there is someone else out there who gets it. You will find your balance. I have faith in you!

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  3. OMG it's like we were on the same exact wave length... I was super stressed out about finding a place, moving, etc..then i stopped and thought...you don't have to do EVERYTHING. I stopped blogging everyday, stopped running for a bit and yes, I may have gotten a little pudgy in the meantime BUT then I wanted to run, train, blog, etc...
    Sometimes you just need to take a break to feel ready to start again!

    Im sooooo ready for our 1st blare too BTW. :-)

    xoxo from London

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  4. I feel like this finding balance and less busy or a busy that makes me happy not stressed is a big theme in a lot of women's lives I know. (And mine own!) I don't have all the answers either, but I do feel like I'm getting there as well...letting go of what can't be changed and focusing on being happy.

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  5. LOVE THAT. At 45 and right now I just want the peaceful heart.

    xo

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  6. I've been struggling with this lately as well. Thank you for sharing! :) I think sometimes I overcomplicate my goals, simplifying them into a training motto would almost certainly be helpful.

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  7. i'm love love loving that motto. so perfect!

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  8. I love your opening paragraph b/c in my mind, that makes you incredibly human and balanced. That said, now that you are back, glad you are finding your mojo, too!

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  9. Love it!!!

    After going through 5 months of serious injury and 8 months (and counting) of pregnancy, I'm (re)learning the art of embracing what my body can do, not what I wish it could do. I'll be holding steady to this come November when I can start running and swimming again because I know my mind will want to run 10 miles but my body will be lucky to run half a mile.

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  10. Amen! This is exactly why I finally had to say nope to a fall marathon it just wasn't where my heart was at and now if I can get all healthy again I am super duper excited for this half

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  11. I am really happy for you and for making this decision. Not a easy one, but in the end it is all about being happy, enjoying our lives, training, etc. I like seeing that you were totally able to relax and let go while on vacation. I am hoping to do that in a couple of weeks. Our minds and bodies need it once in a while! XOXO

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  12. ((Raises hand)) I feel you sister! You're being smart which is always the best route! I have to rest myself and stop going HAM too much lol

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  13. Story of my life! It feels so good to take a step back and find balance. "Fast legs and a peaceful heart." Yea, that is a motto I can live with!

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  14. Not to worry about keeping up - peaceful heart - LOVE!!!!!!

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  15. GIRL - I need to constantly be reminded that working out isn't an ALL OR NOTHING THING!!! ha! I also need to learn what MIXING IT UP means! Because uh, I am the biggest creature of habit on the face of the PLANET!

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  16. Europe IS on our list! Beautiful pics girlie

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  17. I love this. It is so refreshing. I need to find my mojo and make a motto. It's difficult to commit to so much and commit to honouring your body during busy times - I admire your dedication!

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