Full of enthusiasm and motivation did I (Mr. CF) start with the Amber Tree Leave Running Challenge (see here). After about a month progress was pretty good (see here). But then disaster struck several times (ok, bit melodramatic, but it felt that way). Initially an old injury re-emerged. This took a couple of weeks to disappear, so you start again from scratch…..sigh.
Next, after we had switched to summer time, little Miss CF decided that she did not want to change to summer time. So since that day, she now (still!) goes to bed an hour later (however, she does start the day at the same time and thus sleeps an hour less and does not seem to be bothered by it). We have tried endlessly to get her to go to bed early, but to no avail.
Side note, she is also getting to the point that her afternoon sleep is not always required. So if she sleeps well during the day she can stretch is to about 21:00 before going to bed.
The problem is amplified because Mrs CF often comes home late from work (around 19:00-20:30). The main reason for this is that Mrs CF takes the morning “shift” with Miss CF before going to work, and I take the afternoon/evening “shift” with Miss CF after getting home from work (we have staggered our working hours to get around day-care limitations/traffic jams). Bottom line. I don’t have time in the evening anymore for workouts.
Add in the occasional cold, lack of motivation/tiredness and you have a very much failed running challenge. Motivation and discipline. It seems so easy, but it turns out to be very hard 😉
Back on track?
The good thing is that I was able to do regular workouts, but not enough to jack it up to run 10km in under 45min. At this time, I have had another 3 week interruption due to lack of time, preparations for moving, and many other things that are happening in one’s life.
Reality is that with the upcoming move, the running regime will still be under pressure. Likely to start again in full force in August….. may need to set another running challenge to keep going as I still want to run a PR on the 10km on of these days.
Moral of the story……if life is hard and throws you curveballs…..just keep going!