Since catching the running bug again, I’ve worried if I’d be able to handle a full time job, high mileage, and a social life. I think it’s something we all think about. Regardless if you’re “living the dream” only running, or working an intense finance job like my training partner there’s generally a bit of the grass is greener syndrome. If I didn’t have to work, i could recover better and be able to run more. If I had a life outside running I wouldn’t feel so empty when racing went poorly. We’re all searching for that interlocking web where our hopes, wants, and desires fluidly align with our day to day activities, creating a smoothly operating life of fulfillment and fun. Yet that balance is different for all of us. And what I’ve noticed recently is that I can handle running, and working, and a social life. But, if one aspect sways over the allotted fatigue, I get sick. So, here I am, 2nd time this summer, sick from work stress. In typical Allie fashion I stubbornly pushed through every symptom until I could no longer function.
Yet, my grass is still green. I have an effortless weekly running schedule, meeting friends almost every day. I workout Wednesday mornings with at least 2 other spectacular ladies. We crush workouts, we laugh, we support each other. I have a bomb dot com coach Terry Shea; team T-bone! I enjoy my life and think my day to day is a representation of my values – to be a healthy, genuine, strong, spontaneous, moral person that is trying to run as fast as she possibly can. Things are on the up and up!