Next year is going to be hectic. I have a new job with a very steep learning curve, an open university module with weekly tutorials and monthly assignments and my first 100 mile race to train for. Then there are my two non-negotiables, parkrun tourism and my weekly lunch date with my mother, both of which bring me huge amounts of pleasure and neither of which I want to give up, and a recently rediscovered love of choral singing which I want to indulge. Add to these things the fact that I am someone who needs copious amounts of quiet time to replenish my energy stocks and you may understand why I’m sitting here wondering if I have bitten off rather more than I can chew.
One solution would be to find ways to double up. I used to be able to fit running into my daily commute, so weekday training pretty much took care of itself. Unfortunately, my new job is further from home, and I’ve yet to work out a way to add running into the mix. Similarly my OU study could, in theory, be done on the train, but in practice, I need peace, quiet and space to spread out, which doesn’t sound particularly compatible with rush hour travel.
So I suspect what it will come down to is curtailing my down time – the hours and hours that I spend each week on the sofa with the cat just being – and if that doesn’t work, considering ditching the tourism and settling for straight-up parkrunning with the occasional inaugural treat.
Wish me luck!