I’ve not written in the past few days, and my reason is that I am trying to relax, on my own little stay-cation. READ: I have a week off and my husband does not. So I’m not going anywhere, just staying around home, sleeping in, and taking it somewhat easy. We have a little town beach that I can go to for free so I’ll probably be doing that later today before meeting Lis at the track for a speed workout this evening.

As I write this, I’m sitting on my deck outside under the umbrella. Except for when a car drives by, it’s actually pretty peaceful. I can look at my perennial garden and my vegetables , and see how tall they are getting with the massive amounts of rain we seem to have been getting these last few weeks (which is really weird for New England) – normally we don’t get this much rain at the end of July. In spring, yes. In the heat of summer, no.

I say I am “trying” to relax because of a few things. Work is so busy for me right now with trying to get so much stuff done before the students come back (I know, I know, it’s only the end of July) that I feel like the tsunami is approaching. I try to remind myself, this is the way it feels every year, despite which school you find yourself. It always has a way of getting itself done. So, just try to breathe.

The other is this, I am realizing that the marathon is just about 2 months, maybe 9 weeks away. I just started following that Run Less, Run Faster book, because when you start that program you have to already be up at about 13 miles for the long run, which we just did with the team last week.

That book is a 16 week program, and here it is about 9 weeks before the marathon (I’m figuring this without a calendar in front of me) and I’m on what, week 2? I guess I just have to do what I can, and try to get through it, and remember, this is my first marathon. My goal should be to finish it, with a pulse, and on the same day as I started (that’s a nod to the Marathoning for Mortals guy.)

I guess one thing that has changed about me with all this running though is that I am better able to relax or to try to not make these ridiculous goals for myself every day, which of course, are not likely attainable, and then which make me feel like crap, when inevitably I don’t get through all of them. I realize now it’s ok to have small goals each day that you can attain and then you can feel better about yourself.

I’m reading my second Lance Armstrong book now, Every Second Counts, and I’m enjoying doing just that for blocks of time, just sitting there and reading it, and not wanting to do several other things at the same time. This is about his time after he got through the cancer but was still going back for the check-ups every year so he was dealing with that dilemna of “ok you survived cancer, now what are you going to do with your life?”

He says something on one page 8 that stuck with me: “[T]ime is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose.” I think for all of us, that purpose means a little something different. This week I’m spending some time thinking about that, as I try to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and enjoy my workouts.

Happy Running everyone, whether you’re running a mile, 2 miles, 10 miles, or more!