Now that I’m tutoring once a week at St. Paul’s, I’ve learned some basic math rules that will help you all in your training. The key is a whole can be divided into parts. Sounds simple, right? However, it wasn’t until my whirlwind of a week that I was actually able to have this epiphany.
Runners and non-runners alike, we all get busy. At times, it is much easier to put off what we need to do, in order to do what we want to do. I was doing very well with my training until I got the best distractions possible: out-of-town guests. My friend Ter, Shelby and their adorable baby Naomi came to visit us. We had such a great time and when you are with friends, especially friends you don’t get to see everyday, who would chose running outside in the freezing cold and snow over sitting inside sharing a laugh with your closest buds? Not I….
However, this is where my problem began and it didn’t end their. When they left, I had an incredibly busy week at work coupled with family commitments and my long run just kept on getting pushed back. On Wednesday, I had already committed to running with Jodi in the morning and I knew that running 7 miles was not something she had time to do or wanted to do. However, I had committed to doing 7 and I knew that I had to do what I had to do.
As I was leaving to run with Jodi, the lightbulb went off, “If I run 3 with Jodi, then I could go to the gym and run 4 and then together this would equal 7. Brilliant! Why have I never thought of this before?”
For the longest time, if I didn’t have the time, I didn’t run. However, my friends the moral of the story is that even if you don’t have the time break up your long run into two smaller parts during the day. You will still get your workout in and you will have time to do what you need to do.
Amen to elementary school math. Thank you St. Paul’s!