Shifting Out of My Old Runner Mindset
bright dark and early with a cup of coffee and Twitter. Some mornings I read the news and some mornings I need something lighter to start the day.
I tried out my new mascara and it’s okay. Not sure I would say it’s better than sex, but it’s definitely better than the waterproof mascara from Smashbox.
I’ll be using this one until I find something better. If you have any recommendations for waterproof mascaras please share with me!
Got to work, stayed late… this is the new norm and I’m not happy about it, BUT we do have a three day weekend coming up which I am very happy about!
I think Adam and I are going to get back on the wagon of working on house stuff. We’ve taken quite the break since February-ish and it’s time to get going again!
I think we may also buy a grill this weekend which I am very excited about :). Even though I am flirting with the idea of going vegetarian again I still want a grill. I can definitely grill up some veggies if nothing else!
(More on the vegetarian thing if it ever amounts to anything. Last time Adam and I went vegetarian together and it was still hard. I’m sure it will be even harder on my own… and I like eating chicken. I just feel badly about it.)
After work I got stuck in traffic, something I am also not happy about. However, lately I have been listening to a bunch of entrepreneurship podcasts during my commute and it is giving me the itch.
If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning then you probably remember that I used to own a candle business. I shut it down because handcrafted candles take A LONG TIME to make and I was doing good business. The only problem was that I was having to stay up until 2 in the morning making my orders.
When I closed down that business I said to myself I would start another e-commerce business someday and apply the lessons I learned from my candle business. That time may be coming again soon!
Prior to owning the candle business I had a freelance marketing business in my early 20s that I ran for a couple of years. I had my own office, a few great clients and I was making good money, but I missed working with other people. When my current boss recruited me to the agency I happily went.
I’m hopeful that those experiences I learned in my 20s running those two moderately successful businesses will help me to run a much more successful business in my 30s! 🙂 Only time will tell.
When I got home from work Adam and I took Cecil out for a walk in his jogging stroller.
I think he really loves it. He happily jumped into the stroller when I brought it out and this time he laid down comfortably within a minute or so of us being outside.
I brought a bag of
snacks treats for him in case he got fussy since I’ve seen real moms do that, but he never needed them :).
People definitely seem to get a kick out of seeing us pushing Cecil. Everyone smiles and gives a little laugh!
After we got back from the walk I fitted in an upper body lifting session before RAW came on.
During this session I started thinking about the way I was training back in 2014. I was lifting twice per week and I was running six days a week. I saw really amazing results that year and PR’d in every distance.
Because of the success I saw that year I keep thinking I need to get back to that training level, but the truth is that type of training just doesn’t fit into my life right now.
I’m busier than ever at work. My career is in a different place than it was in 2014 and that’s definitely not a bad thing — it’s just different.
Instead of feeling like I’m failing at running 6X per week and lifting 2X per week, I really need to re-adjust my goals and expectations. There’s no reason at all that I can’t see results by cutting down to running 4X or 5X per week, especially since my big race this year will be a half marathon and not a full marathon.
By readjusting my expectations I can start feeling accomplished instead of let down. That shift in mindset will be good for me, and that’s what I intend to do as I head into this summer.
Back in 2014 I was obsessed with becoming a marathoner and achieving that goal is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. However, these days I am much more obsessed with being a strong overall athlete.
I’m not judging anyone who fits that second profile I’m just saying that at this point in my life that’s not what is motivating to me. A couple of years ago it was, so I totally get why people go through that phase.
WOW this turned into a long post! I guess I had a lot to say about everything today!
Do you own your own business/side business?
Biggest lesson you’ve learned from being a business owner?
Have you gone through phases with your training cycles, running more some years and less other years, while still seeing results?