I love the beginning of things. The first page of a good book. the moment you crack open a brand new notebook with all the clean lines waiting to be filled. Breakfast. The first sip of a really good latte. The moment right before you start a race. The first day of school.
Sometimes it's hard or even impossible to hold onto that feeling of the beginning of something, so sometimes you just have to create new beginnings. I have been inspired this last week by one of my athletes who sent me an email about 2 weeks ago asking for help. She said she was in a major slump and needed something to jumpstart her, both physically and mentally. Without going into a lot of the details, I proposed a reboot: a time when we would shut everything down, focus on some rest and recovery, and then start back up with all the systems in a better place. She did an amazing job with the goals I gave her last week, and that prompted me to give myself my own reboot.
The thing about a reboot is that everyone's will look a little bit different. I am coming of three full weeks of basically doing nothing. The second week after Cedar Point I did get out for an easy jog and an easy swim, and then my body promptly rebelled and got sick. I took this as a sign that it just wasn't ready to get back into it just yet. I had been toying with the idea of running a November 50K, but when I really took a hard look at what my body was telling me, I realized that October 1 would be the start of my off-season.
Off-season for me doesn't mean do nothing. It just means do different. It means do what I want. It means explore and take chances. So I made a list of goals, some of them physical, some of them not, to focus on during my off-season, my reboot, if you will.
- Take the foundations level CrossFit classes.
I have been wanting to try CrossFit for some time now, and it was just hard to fit it in to my training schedule. Also, there haven't been a lot of places in Syracuse to do this that were convenient for me. Now there are more choices and I have found a box that is relatively close with times and rates that work. I'm hoping this will be my winter strength conditioning.
- Run on trails a lot. Walking counts too.
One of the reasons I wanted to do the November 50K is because I love fall trail running. I don't need a race to justify that, so I plan on running on trails a lot. I have the time in my schedule right now. My plan is to get out for lots of easy trail running, short runs and long runs, but all easy, until the weather gets to uncomfortable.
- Eat beautiful food that makes my body happy.
- Avoid food that makes my body (and my soul) unhappy (and unhealthy).
One thing that I have learned over the years, is there is food that makes my body and soul happy, and there is food that does not. Unfortunately, the food that does not is usually what makes my mind (temporarily) happy. I do believe in moderation (which I have not been practicing of late), so I'm going back to what I know works. Holistic Guru would call it "Top Tier" eating. I'm actually really excited about it because I know I'm going to feel so good!!
- Continue working on understanding my kids and creating solutions with them so we will have a more peaceful home.
So, my boys are 9 and 6, you would think I would have figured them out by now, right? Ha! We have been working on really changing how we interact and solve problems in our house, and I really feel like it is starting to work. It is taking a huge mental shift for both me and Kel, and we are not quite there yet.
- Continue to create work opportunities for myself that honor my gifts and abilities.
Now that both Ryan and Noah are in school all day, I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to increase my workload. In doing so, I ventured down the path of applying for a bunch of jobs that I knew I could do, but wouldn't really love. After a couple of very stressful weeks, coupled with coming off the high of Cedar Point, I had a moment of clarity. I realized that if I am doing a job that is just a job, I will not be happy and I will not be productive. I won't have the time to devote to things that I really love and enjoy. Ultimately, I won't be honoring myself or God by doing those things. So, instead of seeking out jobs that I don't want, I am going to work on creating opportunities that allow me to use my gifts. I have already got some ideas stirring and it fuels my creative drive even more.
So today my October reboot begins. What do you do to reboot your hard drives when the systems have crashed?