06/28/2011 Where do you find the balance?

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  1. You are amazing. It is crazy how you can give something all you have and make huge progress. The progress helps to sustain the mental and physical caloric burn rate. I have also found that I have difficulty finding balance. I also have found that if I approach professioanal and challenges as a marathon runner, i burn out because I go at a sprinters pace. I have recently found that accepting my “sprinter” type of personality is helpful. I get the sense that you are also a sprinter and thought it might help to put things in to perspective. You are truly an inspiration and I applaud you for being so methodic and consistent in your self improvement and analysis. Remember that consistency can be acheived at many different levels. Good luck bro! (sorry no spell check on phone)

  2. You hit the nail on the head with me on this balance thing! I needed to hear that I wasn’t alone. This,I believe is what really led to my down fall. Obligations take over and the body starts to fatigue. I don’t think it will happen with you though. Your too invested. I tend to be an all or nothing kinda person. However, looking at it again I’m wondering if incorporating some yoga would be good for you. I’ve only done it a few times but you and I tend to like a hard burn workout and yoga got me to relax, stretch, but still sweat and I left both sessions feeling like I’d worked out and mentally I felt great. I liked the hot yoga for the sweating factor although my sports doctor does not see the advantage to the “hot” part. Anyway, the more I see you stressing your body I’m thinking when you do get burned out maybe those are the days you yoga it. Don’t do it at home. Pick a class where people are involved. Accountability is huge for me on this one. Remember it’s not my thing. The athlete in me struggles with the yoga concept but the tighter and more fatigued my muscles started to get I could really see a yoga benefit. Looks like Sherri does a lot of yoga. On Fridays I did red-line spinning at 5:30am then did hot yoga from 9:30-11:00. Those were my best days. I felt so revived!

  3. G. Mick,
    Thanks for putting it so correctly I am a sprinter. Learning to be an all around runner is tough.
    Thanks for the comments, and I appreciate you taking the time to post, maybe we’ll catch up this year at some point.
    Lou

  4. Lora,
    I’m going to take you up on Yoga, I’m trying to see if a small group training class tonight fits into my schedule. I tend to be all or nothing as well, which is why it’s so hard to find the middle. It’s either on or off. I don’t want to be on all the time, but I don’t want to be off all the time either, how do you get to the point of being happy with more on days than off days?
    Lou

  5. You are welcome. Glad I could help a little. I agree and I am also striving to be a more well rounded “runner”. It is hard to take something you have given all of your focus and attention to and suddenly incorporate “life” into that equation and still produce predictable and long term results. thanks Louis. We are all “fat” in one way or another and your attitude plays across the board. keep it up and find a new normal that makes room for life. I will continue to do the same while enjoying the ride.

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