The Strongest Pillar

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine posted on her Facebook status, “My life is a circus….”

I knew exactly what she was talking about. Like so many women, I’m constantly juggling work, family, fitness and everything else that comes my way. The past month has been especially busy, leaving me feeling like the Ring Leader – either that or the Head Juggler. When I took this year’s teaching assignment, I knew that I was going to be busy and that this year would be a big adjustment. The past three weeks have been the busiest as I’ve had reporting and report cards on top of the day to day teaching. Family is always going to be busy and I like it that way: positive stress. On any day and at any time, work and family have to be my priorities.

So where do running and fitness fit in? Whenever I can. Registering for races keeps me motivated. Sheer determination (and sometimes a bit of craziness) sends me out the door for a run or into the basement for a spin on the windtrainer. For the past few months, while work and family have been up and down, the fitness ball has been consistent and, hence, the strongest.

Over the past few weeks, while I’ve been glued to the computer wearing my teacher hat, I’ve had to shelve the blogging one. This week, Wednesday to be exact, I realized how important this part of my running – blogging and sharing the juggle of running and family – has become to me. Transforming the thoughts bouncing around in my head to text has been one victim of time. In the same way, I’ve tried to keep up with other runners through their own blogs and Facebook and other social media but, again, there is only so much time. Priorities.

As I’m nearing the end of this cycle, I’m setting running goals for the next six months. Among them are:
(1) run 4 to 5 times a week
(2) run a 34:30 8K race in early winter
(3) run a 1:35 half-marathon
(4) Boston – 3:30 to 3:40 – or just have fun while I’m there:)
(5)Write 4-5 times a week (bring back Tasty Tuesday and Wacky Wednesday, and introduce product reviews)
(6) Read and comment on blogs 4-5 times a week.

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a person who does what she says. So there you have it.

Let the fun times begin.

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