Monday, February 20, 2012

Life got in the way of my hobby


I’m a pretty progressive guy.  I think that women can burn their bras as much as they want and men should wear pink.  However, with my wife being a stay at home mom, there are certain things that it just isn’t possible for me to do (or, at least certainly not practical).  I try to make up for that fact by doing a lot of the household duties that my wife either doesn’t have time for or doesn’t like to do. Regrettably, a lot of these fall into the “man” category: Cat calling the neighbors as they drive by, taking out the trash, cleaning the pool, and doing the yardwork.  Unfortunately that last one, a full Sunday afternoon of yard work,  really seems to be cramping my running style.  Seriously, life is getting in the way of my running!

Today I had 8 miles on my schedule.  A tempo run with 5 miles at 6:20 pace (6:20 pace is nearly 10K pace, so the reality is that 4 miles was much more likely).  When I woke up I was SORE in my hamstrings and my glutes.  Stupid weed pulling in my front yard (Which, ironically isn’t a new “medicinal” medicine the kids are trying) really stretched out the back of my legs to the point of exhaustion. I knew that hitting tempo miles was going to be tough but was going to give it a shot.  Of course, when I got out there I had a hard time holding “warm up” pace.  The thought of dropping the pace by almost 2 min per mile made me groan in mental frustration so I just ran the rest of the miles at a “normal” pace and called it a day.

The reality is that until I win the lottery or can afford a hot pool/lawn girl Quasimoto looking pool/lawn boy I’m going to have to do those kinds of things.  I can’t let life get in the way of my passion – but at the same time, shouldn’t use  it as an excuse to not get in the miles.  So, I got my 8 miles in and will adjust my schedule slightly to get some quality speed work in tomorrow.  Flexibility is key, even if that means turning a 13 mile run into a speed session.

The moral of the story? I’m a big wuss and doing simple yard work makes me sore.  Seriously, that’s all I’ve got on this one.

Anyone else have issues with their job or life duties getting in the way?

20 comments:

Indigo said...

I feel like this is a trick question. ;)

Life ALWAYS gets in the way. Dog needs to go to the vet, my kid needs to be chauffeured all over the place (or so it seems), dinner needs to be made, groceries need to be bought, etc... I do what I can to fit in the three assigned runs, the shorter ones are more likely to get done, the longer runs are less likely to be completed in full.

I honestly can't wait for this half marathon to be over so that I can spend some doing something else. (Is that bad???)

Penny said...

Just like you said like gets in the way. We just need to learn to adjust with it or be more flexable. Not stress over the little things that get in the way.

trispanky said...

Funny as I have changed my lifestyle and no longer sit in front of a TV... I find my job, life and chores now get in the way of my swimming, biking and running.

I can now relate to this. And I don't even have kids just a dog that often watches me leave on a run and gets upset with me. She gets her walks and play time but due to bad paw she can't walk more then 3-4km and certainly can't run with me.

Rachel said...

Oh I so HEAR what you are saying. I hurt my back/hip shoveling and haven't been able to run in a month. I have never had an injury due to running, but 5 inches of snow brought me down! Damn winter!

Running In Boise said...

My darn job gets in the way of the rest of my life. That is the biggest time suck that I have. Living in a condo is a big plus because I don't have to hire a pool boy or lawn Quasimoto because the association already does it for me.

Runners Fuel said...

Yep!! Life is getting in teh way of what I really would rather be doing. I want to wake up when ever I want and run how ever far I want and race whihc ever races I want, but life is in the way.

Michael said...

Adam, Clearly (for some strange reason) you chose to do ALL the weeding in one shot. You don't do all your weekly mileage in one day do you? (wink, wink).

Jamoosh said...

Dude - you live in Arizona. Your yard is either sand, rock or painted green cement. How can there be yardwork? Do you have to trim the cactus?

Andrea said...

that "life thing" is a bear...hubby and I take turns running long on the weekends so that at least one of use can be a competent parent those days. Just until we, you know, go pro or something.

JFord said...

This is so true, and funny cause I posted a post about the same thing as you. I often have to remind myself that tris are my hobby and other thighs come first (LOL i noticed I typed thighs instead of things whoops)

Anyways, growing up sux sometimes huh?

Katie said...

I have never burned a bra. those things are expensive!

ltlindian said...

lmao at Jamoosh! really? yard work in the desert??

as for life getting in the way--yes for sure. Those three freakin' kids keep interrupting my running/swimming/biking. For example, I had to skip swim on Friday cause the boy got sick at school. How dare he? I swim on Friday?? He's lucky we had a three day weekend and I got my swim in today......

Michael said...

This is hilarious. My husband and I talk about this all the time. Our work/life get in the way of training way too much. I keep wanting a house keeper, so I don't have so much pressure to clean house on the weekends or skip a run or bike. Or maybe I should just go to work part time. Hope you get it all figured out.

RunningLaur said...

Work and life getting in my running way.
Work: spending 18 hour days on airplanes or in sketchy high-foreclosure-rate areas or oil fields.
Life: my organs doing everything they can to fall out of my body and bail on this whole 'being alive and happy' thing.
If both of those could chill out? Running it is!

Sue's Ramblings said...

My workouts (aka strength training) even gets in the way of my workouts (aka run). Does that make sense?!?!?! LOL! Yeah, life's like that...until I get a maid and a co-worker clone.

MizFit said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
also sadly my hobby--or the one Im thinking of--is reading :-)

RunRob said...

What we aren't all living the dream?? :) I'm considering cloning myself...although knowing my luck my clone would get to do all the training and other "fun stuff" and I'd be left working and taking out the trash!

Al's CL Reviews said...

We stopped cleaning and letting people in the house. We hired a lawn service.

Problem solved.

Ali Mc said...

I log cleaning as "cross training" and put it on dailymile the odd time - true story lol

Kate said...

YES. This past week, between being the only parent home to parent-teacher conferences to trips to Chicago for endless volleyball tournaments to college visits to -- now?? -- JURY DUTY...my athletic life has plummeted. Trying to stay focused on the fact that a full life is a blessing.