Friday, January 7, 2011

Don't sweat it

I have returned from a week at Vail, Colorado. I spent a lot of time skiing and hot tubbing and not a lot of time skiing, but I'm trying to make up for that now. On the mountain, my cousins like to go, go, go. We don't take many breaks. It's cold and the skiing can be exhausting. The trip certainly whipped my calves into shape!

So about the race that was the original purpose of the blog. You know, the New Year's Resolution 5K that I was going to run after months of inactivity due to injury? Remember how I was going to start off the year 'right' by running my first 5K in, like, a year? Yeah. It didn't happen. And I'm fine with that.

Still, I'll take some time to explain why. The main reason I did not run the race is because the cheapest/ easiest flight for me to take to Vail was at 8:30 Saturday morning. I was already in Colorado by the time the race began. I was upset about missing the race but then I got over it. I realized that you don't define an entire year by one event (one race). Just like I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, I don't need to believe that beginning 2011 with a race will make me a 'runner' again for the entire year.

There will be other races. And I think it was better to kick off 2011 on vacation with family and friends. I do LOVE to ski.

But what about my training? I don't want to use that word, 'training' anymore. I'm choosing to replace it with 'activity' or 'exercise'. I don't think that a person has to be constantly working towards marathons to be healthy and fit. I can live a life of balance, of endurance, by eating right (which, in my opinion, includes nightly dessert) and by staying active. But if a week goes by and there's no time to go to the gym or even go on a walk, I'm okay with that, too. That, my friends, is balance.

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