August: Craving Routine

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Oh August I feel ya coming in loud and not so clear. July left me longing for routine and I’m not sure I’ll get that from you this month. This summer has served up new EVERYTHING, including meal times, sleep schedules, and workouts…or lack there of. But with all of the NEW, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I found myself having the same conversation more than once last week with different friends. “Let go of what doesn’t serve you” I encouraged them. You simply can’t be of service to others or have anything to offer anyone if you are depleted. Even after all the repeating, I somehow didn’t hear myself. I needed a reminder.

Tuesday afternoon I found myself staring at the turn of the calendar and acknowledging more questions than answers with the new month. Ugh… I was craving routine. Instead of expecting to have the most perfect fall schedule and fitness habits, I’m embracing the ebb and flow of this changing August tide. I could easily become consumed with trying to nail every single one of my workouts in this new training plan. But then…I realized, running is not a priority right now. It is however a necessity. I need to be outside. I need to be with my friends. I need to play. Remembering my Brooks Running mantra, I simply need to Run Happy! Surrounding myself with people I love and routes that excite me will do that.

I need to be prepared for fall races. But I don’t need to PR a half or even a 5k. I need to enjoy the journey and the passengers I share it with. My friend and teammate Steve gets it and he captures it in his latest blog here.

I am a creature of habit. Workouts, cooking, laundry, and even grocery shopping all completed on respective days each week. Journaling out my schedule and to-do’s gives me a sense of control and calm.  It also brings a good reminder to let go of the things that do not serve my spirit. Make room for more. Make room for a full life, not a fast one. Remember that is is not so much about life getting in the way…but rather on it’s way!!!

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