The past week or so I've had a few lessons in priorities.
I have a goal. I have a few goals actually. I have a 20k, 30k, half-marathon and marathon during the summer and fall. The biggie being the marathon. There's no playing games with training for a marathon. You have to be dedicated and stick to the training plan no matter what. Well, aside from sickness and what-not.
I find I can screw around with half-marathon training because really, I have run so many of them that the distance no longer scares me. So long as I keep fit and make certain to get my long runs in, I can wing it pretty good these days without any super specific training.
Marathon. That's a fucking scary word that isn't part of my vocabulary... YET.
So lately I have had some choices. Since the weather is beautiful and friends are coming out of the woodwork to enjoy it, it's been hard to say "No." I have to get my workouts in. They take a lot of time out of my day with pre planning around diabetes. Also with the post-run duties like icing my foot and getting some proper food in me. Not to mention how much sleep I need.
When do you say "No"?
I really want to see some of my friends but unfortunately my priorities have to be my training. It's really hard to tell them I can't hang out because I have to go climb stairs and won't be available until after 8 or 9pm. In return we always end up with a "well maybe next week." It's so much easier to say screw the run, I'll do it tomorrow. Typically, that's what I would do.
But..... my training is now my priority. It's my goal. This time is VERY different. This goal is much bigger than anything I've ever done. I hope it doesn't mean I get stuck never seeing my friends. I hope it doesn't become more of an obsession than it already is because I will turn into some strange hermit who lives alone and sleeps in running shoes. Can't have that. I just don't know how to fit in socializing with this crazy schedule.
Besides, it doesn't help that all my friends live in other cities and to see them is always at least a half hour drive one way. FRIENDS, move closer dammit!