|One step at at time|
Great Wall of China, 2010
If there's one thing long distance running has taught me, it's to pace myself.
So many things in this existence are a long term endeavor, filled with obstacles and exhausting just to think about:
- Staying fit.
- Keeping your finances in check.
- Sharing your life with one partner, day in, day out.
- Raising kids that will turn into - reasonably - balanced adults.
- Shoveling a 120-foot long driveway by hand because you are ideologically opposed to snowblowers.
You cannot focus on the whole picture too often, or you would just collapse mentally. Getting up at 5 am to go for a run, 4-5 mornings a week, throughout the cold and dark winter, on top of going to the gym in the evenings? The sole idea is already making me feel like crawling back into bed. But I have no choice if I want to run that friggin' race and finish it in one piece. That regimen worked last year, it will work this year. As long as I take it one day at a time.
|Race about to start, nervousness builds.|
Focus and stay calm.
(A supportive fan helps.)
Yet it IS necessary to look at your overall planning once in a while, to keep an eye on where you're aiming. Which is why I have a "half-marathon training" calendar, as well as a "translation projects" calendar (and, this time of year, a "woohoo, party!" calendar), that I keep at hand in my office to stay on track. I use those as tools, but I don't obsess over them. More importantly, when I'm on task, I'm on task, and I don't let my mind wander to other tasks. Running races or running a business, it's all the same: each baby step counts.
|One step at a time.|
This pic is from my first race, 4½ years ago.
I had no idea how far (and how fit) I would get.
I have learned long ago that big goals and crazy schedules are manageable when you handle them one small chunk at a time. This is what I will focus on, especially this week, which is among the craziest of the year for most and especially for me, with all the Holiday preparation on top of an extra load of work: year in, year out, translation projects just multiply in December.
My workout schedule will probably be disrupted this week, and I won't get to write the longer post I really wanted to write about wine, but hey, there will be time later. For the time being, I will have to fit in series of burpees, jumping lunges, jumping squats, push-ups and the like in between bouts of translation. Or try my daughter's gymnastics routine for a couple minutes. Did yesterday, will likely be sore for 3-4 days.
This morning, I will gather my energies, rejoice over the fact that the Internet is back to normal and that the kids do have school despite the snow storm (how else would I get any work done?), and listen to energizing music.
Now enough blogging, and off to do some translation.
What are YOUR strategies to get it done?