Making Myself a Priority

23 Aug

During Christine Palumbo’s keynote speech at the Healthy Living Summit, she mentioned “close enough is good enough”. At the time, I wrote this down but it didn’t sink in. It only resonated with me tonight on my walk home from my training run. I have to learn to leave work and allow things to be undone. It will be there when I get there in the morning. I have to learn to not be everything to everyone.

I remember meeting with a doctor a few years ago, and when asked me about what I had going on, I listed quite a few things. And then I started to cry.. and cry… and cry… to the point where the doctor gave me a card to a therapist. I’m not joking. My plate was too full. It’s been a few years, and I still haven’t learned to not fill my plate with so many things.

Tonight, I was invited to go to the casino for a “send off” party for our receptionist, and unfortunately, I decided to decline. I’ve decided to make my marathon training a top priority. I must make my training runs appointments, not casual things to do on my planner. I have to make running and myself a priority. If I stray from training, I’ll continue to stray.

I was reminded last night on Facebook that there’s only 20 weeks left until the WDW Marathon. Woah! So I found this awesome 20-week plan.

20 weeks

My only problem with it is that there’s no rest day between long runs, which are on Sundays, and the next run on Mondays. I’ll have to tweak it a bit, I suppose. The Philadelphia Half Marathon is 13 weeks away, so that falls on a week when I’m supposed to do 16 miles. Oh well.

Well, as you might have already figured out, today was day one, a 2 mile run! Everything started off right. No pain in my knees, feet, or hip. Then at 0.8 miles, I picked up my usual side stitches, which lasted a 0.5 mile. But I kept going, and it eventually got better. I finished 2 miles (doing 3/1 intervals) in 24:40, a 12:20/mile pace. It’s not a great time, but I’m proud of it. I haven’t run in a long time, and I’m just glad to be able to run.

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16 Responses to “Making Myself a Priority”

  1. Kristen August 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    I’m glad to see you running again. It really inspires me to read along with you and to see you go through the same ups and downs that I go through….

    You are doing a great job Andrea! I can’t wait to follow you over the 20 weeks!

  2. Sana August 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    You are awesome!!!! I am proud of you for making choices that YOU are happy with :)!

  3. Lauren @ Team Giles August 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    You’re going to do great girl! So proud of you!

  4. rubythewes August 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Good luck! You’re going to do great! 🙂

  5. Caren August 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    Andrea, you’re doing great and should definitely be proud of all your accomplishments. Now, could you please make your blog readers a priority and blog about the haunted hotel you stayed in in Chicago? I SO want to hear about it! 😉

  6. andi August 24, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    good luck!!! you can do it! I really like the plan you posted – I think I may have to look into it more.

    also, I totally agree with “close enough is good enough.” I start nursing school in a week and that’s the first thing I have to get straight: my singlemost high priority in the next two years is school. it sucks, but it will be worth it in the end.

  7. mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 24, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    You’re going to rock the socks of that marathon!!

  8. Lauren @ August 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Congrats on starting to train for your marathon! That is my dream to run a marathon. I have started a blog ( to try to push me to run one some day soon. You are a true inspiration!

  9. Danielle August 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    You can do it!

    I totally agree with you about having to be okay with leaving stuff on your desk. After busting my booty for the last week I decided that I HAVE to leave work at 4pm so I can make training for the half marathons that I have coming up in the fall a priority.

    If we don’t take care of ourselves then we can’t take care of anyone else either!

  10. Emily August 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    I know what you mean about leaving things on your desk. And yay! I can’t wait read about your journey to the marathon.

  11. Lynn November 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    hi! I just found your blog…I’m thinking about doing the Disney Princess Half, so I was searching to see what other people thought of it! Are you still marathon training?! I am shooting for my 1st marathon sometime in 2011, haven’t picked one out yet though.


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