Saturday, January 25, 2014

Why training is much more difficult as a parent.

Training for anything is hard work. Whether you are training for a new skill at your job, your first 5k, or a marathon, there are a lot of barriers you have to overcome to successfully complete that training.

I consider the training that I have put in the past 2 years to be pretty tough. The toughest part for me isn't the 3+ hour runs on the weekends or the intervals of pushing to your max performance, it is juggling the time with my kids and my training.

Those of you who know me know that family is a huge part of my life. I said when I first started running that I wanted to make sure that I tried my best to take as little of my time away from my kids as possible.  Yes that meant getting up at 5 in the mornings sometimes so I would be back before they woke up.

We'll this weekend was one of those reminders of what is important and what is not.

My training schedule had me doing a 20 mile run this weekend.  Because of other things we had going on Sunday, I knew I had to get the run in sometime on Saturday.  We'll with the ice and snow and brutally cold temperature this morning.  I decided to wait until nap time to get my run in.

So after my son's soccer game, my plan was to go home and get ready for my run. It had warmed up pretty good and was looking perfect for a good long run. We got home and put the littlest one down for a nap.  As I  was starting to get ready for my run, my oldest comes into the room and says "Dad, will you please play with me?"

There wasn't a doubt in my mind as I replied "What do you want to play buddy?"

Looks like my training this weekend will just have to take a back seat. It isn't the first time and won't be the last I am sure.