Friday, January 7, 2011

The 53 Week Year

At least I hope it’s only 53 weeks, because I may lose my mind if it’s any longer. Seriously.

2010 has not ended for me. Oh no.

I am still working my you know what off to try to bring it to a close. Now, I don’t know exactly what kind of psycho leaves major projects undone until the last two weeks of the year, which also happen to be the busiest two weeks of the year for many, myself included. But apparently, I am that psycho.

I guess in my own self defense, as far as why I’m not finished goes, I do have children and as such, there is PLENTY for me to do November-Decemberish even without extra added projects to just get ready for those last two weeks and the holidays they encompass.

Somehow, I sorta of figured with the actual preparations for the holidays themselves out of the way, I’d have more time to finish some of the random things I had set to accomplish before the new year began, mainly establishing my coaching site and training system among other things, but what I did not expect was one sick kid after another over here and a little under the weather time for moi too.

Finally just today, I got all the Christmas decor down and the playroom sort of consolidated (read there are officially places for everything now, but you’d never guess that based on the absolute disaster I have in multiple rooms. General rule of thumb at my house: things will have to get much much worse and not in anyway resemble that I am cleaning before they start to look better. I don’t know why. It just is that way. Apparently, we operate by the Law of Opposites here. Things get messier to get cleaner. I tell my kids not to eat something and they do. I change a diaper that once I get off I realize it didn’t even really seem wet and the minute the new one’s on, Tiger Toddler poops. And The Little Miss stays up late for some special occasion so I assume that she’ll sleep in early, but she almost always wakes up even earlier. Such is the life in a house with small children I suppose…But where in the world was I going with this?Ahh yes. Things left undone.)

So ultimately all this mumbo jumbo about finishing last year’s undone tasks means, sadly, I have not been running. **GASP** I know I know.

And the worst part of all this? I was doing sooooooo good. After I officially decided to take it semi-easy and keep the runs 3-5 miles 3-5 days a week through the holidays, I actually did pretty dang good at sticking to it. You'd all have been so proud!

But now, now I just feel out of sorts. I’ve had all these things hanging over my head and I figured ok, let me just work ridiculously hard and sleep like I’ve got a newborn (ok maybe that’s stretching it just a bit, but sleep’s been not so much lately) and I’ll get everything done and I’ll get back to it.

Only one problem. The giant list of all the stuff I still needed to get done that I made the beginning of this week is not really getting smaller.  In fact, it seems to be getting bigger (see. law of opposites.) Somehow I’m adding to that list of things “to do” faster than I’m crossing off the things I’ve done.  And THAT, my friends is ridiculously frustrating, particularly with no runs to clear my head.

But what I’ve come to realize this week is that while breaks are not always bad, in fact sometimes they’re good, great, even necessary, somewhere on my massive list I’ve got to grab the pen and write me. Because really, nobody else is going to do it. End of story.

So tonight ladies, I’m putting me on the list. 2010 ends this weekend as is, everything done or not. Monday…I run.

'Til next time...

P.S. Did you enter my giveaways yet? I’ve got a $50 gift card up for grabs from Sporty Girl Jewelry and 3 months of online running coaching with your name written all over it. And let me just say, odds are looking pretty good in that first category for the coaching giveaway right now. Pretty. Darn. Good. Might want to get in it if you were toying around with the idea.

P.P.S. Just got another sumptin’ sumptin’ in the mail today, I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It’s perfect to kick off the new year…sort of…in kind of a strange way. Actually, it’s far cooler than I expected it to be. Look for that review (and psst…giveaway) next week, (along with my racing schedule which will mean I have a training plan and thus I AM RUNNING AGAIN!!)

P.P.P.S. And I know what you really want to know.  Don’t think you’re getting by me. You want to know is that a prop I made up to back up my story or is that my real actual list from earlier this week? (Prop shmop. That’s the real deal.) I also know that you are trying to make out what my list says. Aren’t you? (Go on admit it.) I FURTHER know that what you are trying hardest to decipher is what’s been crossed out. (Yes, I am that good.) Winking smile

1 comment:

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I hope your start into the new year allows things to calm down BUT I think busy is a synonym for running mom.