Getting Rid of the Vacation Monkey

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By Megan Cox

So, I just got back from a four-day trip to beautiful Colorado Springs. Both my husband and I attended college there, and we went back to touch base with old friends and enjoy a small reprieve from our awesome—but exhausting—roles as parents (although, the Medela pump did tag along—oh the joy).

To many runners, Colorado Springs is known for its high altitude, which definitely makes running more challenging. In fact, athletic activity is so challenging that Colorado Springs was chosen as the home of the Olympic Training Center.

When I lived in Colorado Springs as a college student, I was one efficient breathing machine. Now? Not so much. So this was the perfect opportunity to take my half marathon training to the next level. Right?

I was totally in vacation mode the entire time, happy to have a full-night’s sleep and a surplus of energy. I did pack workout clothes and my running shoes, but they never seemed to surface to the top of my suitcase. My husband and I did a ton of walking at the Air Force Falcons game (what a win!), but running? Not so much.

No biggie. Now that I’m again closer to sea level, it’s time to get back on track. The only thing is, after four days away from home, I’m up to my eyeballs in laundry and, well, everything else.

I’ve got to schedule some runs in this week, and when I think about it, a cloud of lethargy just settles over me like you wouldn’t believe. But I’m a pretty self-disciplined person, so I’ll be sacrificing Modern Family for the treadmill (insert frowny face here!).

There are a zillion things that can upend our training schedules—from the understandable family emergency to the not-so-necessary closet organization that is preferable to hitting the pavement or the treadmill. I realize that self-discipline isn’t about finding time to run, it’s about making time to do it.

And so, all I can say is that while I enjoyed a break from my hectic everyday life, it’s time to get back on schedule. What I need is similar to the attitude detox the toddler goes through when she comes back from Mimi’s house. For me, it’s time to go into vacation detox. Time to eat right, train right, and get my full-time act together.

What about you? What’s your training-schedule buster? Everyone has one. No matter how disciplined you are and how much you love running, there’s always something that will entice you away. And that’s why half-marathon training doesn’t just make your body stronger. It makes your willpower stronger too.

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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