Five Things Friday

This past week I’ve had the flu and I’ve basically been neglecting life in general. That includes completely missing peak week number two so far. However, in honor of my peak training, here’s a list of five things I neglect when training for a goal race:

  1. Personal maintenance – yes, I still shower daily and after each workout. But things like painting my toenails, plucking my eyebrows, and shaving my legs often fall by the wayside.
  2. Chores – cleaning the house, doing the dishes, going to the grocery store are not as high on my list of priorities.
  3. Social interactions – evenings hanging out with friends and time spent with Barry are more limited. But I think Barry does like my training some – it gets me out of his hair for a bit and gives him time to himself ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also a lot worse about commenting on other blogs and replying to comments on my blog. I do still read others blog posts, but it is often on my phone and it’s hard to comment from my phone.
  4. Sleep – training takes up a lot of time and when I do make time in my day for other things, my bedtime is often the first thing that gets pushed to the back burner.
  5. Things that support running – this one seems counterintuitive, but when life gets busy and I have a demanding training schedule, things like cross training, stretching, and nutrition are often the first to go. On a busy Saturday, for example, I can be really bad about going from my long run straight to other activities and I won’t stop to eat for hours afterward. Not exactly the best set up for recovery.

What do you neglect during training?

6 thoughts on “Five Things Friday”

  1. I do keep up some personal maintenance, but shaving isn’t a priority in winter. Now that we’re moving into spring, it happens more often :p

  2. Number 1, 2, and 3 we could be the same person lol It is so hard to fit it all in. I sometimes feel the need to just stop and take a deep breath.
    I hope you feel better soon and can get back to it, I know it makes you crazy when you feel like you are missing runs before a race.

  3. Definitely chores, and I’m not as social. But never sleep! I told my husband last year during marathon training that I would need his help a lot more around the house during peak training, and once it was 7:30 I hit the hay! That was my excuse most nights “I can’t do XYZ because I need to go to bed. See you in the morning!” But I’m a monster without sleep even when I’m not in the thick of training!

  4. I can agree with all of these. Even the things that don’t take much time get pushed aside because you are scraping to find every second! I hope you are feeling better!

  5. Sleep definitely takes the back burner for me, and I’m the same way about eating right after a long run. I’m often so tired that I’m not hungry, and have to remind myself to eat.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  6. Personal maintenance band chores definitely take a backseat during training. My apartment is horrendous right now! I just read a book on tidying (KonMari Method), been inspired to clean.

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