Sometimes you just need to take a step back from the things you love the most.
6 months ago I was stretching myself pretty thin. On top of my full time day job, I supplemented my income with some freelance work. 2014 has been my best year to date for freelance work in terms of number of projects and clients. With that comes a lot of time investment. I had committed to 60-90 hours of work each week. It occurred to me that I was spending too much time at the computer, so I decided to make a conscious effort to get away from the glowing screen for a handful of hours each week. I decided to start running.
As it turns out, I really enjoy running.
Who would have thought that?
An average run for me lasts 30-120 minutes. Let’s say they average out to 45 minute runs, 5 days per week. Add on 30 minutes before to get dressed, warm-up and stretch – and add on 30 minutes afterwards to cool down, change clothes and shower. We’re looking at pretty close to 10 hours per week dedicated to running – and that doesn’t even count the obsessive data tracking and analytics I do on my runs (I track every single run and compare pace against previous runs, as well as things like cadence, elevation change, splits, heart rate, etc…yea I’m kind of insane). We’re already up to 100 hours per week.
Factor in that I like to get a solid 8 hours of sleep every night. We’re up to 156 hours per week.
That leaves us with 12 hours left in the week – or about 1 hour 45 minutes per day of free time. I use that time to get ready in the morning, eat breakfast, commute to and from work, eat dinner, and get ready for bed. That brings me right up to 168 hours per week!
Hurray! I got it all in!
Wait…am I forgetting something?
Oh shit…BLOGGING. Damnit!
So – as many have done before me, I had to cut something out of my schedule. Blogging was the natural choice, because it’s something that I did for no monetary gain, and it was strictly using up my free time. It’s not that I don’t like blogging, or didn’t want to blog, it’s just that when faced with the choice of sitting down to spend an hour writing a blog post, or go for a 7 mile run – I’m going to take the fresh air outside any day of the week.
As it does so often, my life has shifted gears again. My freelance boom has slowed down (which is a huge relief!), and the running season is coming to an end with winter not too far off. This leaves me with more free time to spend on whatever I see fit.
Ah yes…BLOGGING. Damn right!
Long story short – I’m back. Look for new posts in the very near future!