As you may have read in my New Year’s post on dieting earlier this year, I love to run. I have been running on a reasonably serious basis for about 6 years now, and have run the London Marathon every year in that period. I run 5-6 times a week while training for the marathon doing up to 60 miles in the last month before the event.
Being a long-distance runner is part of how I describe myself. It’s something I’m proud of – an achievement that I have gotten to after (literally) years of hard work and dedication. It’s amazing what your body is capable of when pushed to the limits (and many times it’s capable of going even beyond what you thought were the limits). For me, running is stress-relief, anxiety-relief, a sleeping-aid, a metabolism-boost, a confidence-builder and just quiet thinking-time.
So it was (and still is) a tough decision for me to make to defer my place in the marathon this year – and it really just comes down to prioritising. Following a proper training schedule is very time-consuming, and requires a level of focus that I just cannot give it this year. I don’t believe in doing things by halves, and this year all my time, effort and focus is 100% on building up Victoria Mary Vintage.
I hope that next year I can come back, refreshed and rested, and give the training my full attention, as I still have unfinished business there :)
Have you ever had to make a tough decision, giving up something you love in order to prioritise something else?
Thanks for reading,