Finding the balance in life!

22 February 2015

Ever since taking up running I have had the need to always be working towards something! Right now that is The KMF Short Triathlon shortly followed by The Windermere Standard Triathlon! If I am not training for a big goal it all becomes kind of pointless and boring!

​As I work in a school I have the distinct advantage of getting the school holidays off which usually means I have plenty of opportunities to train.

I try my best to find a good balance between training and family life but usually end up feeling guilty whatever I do! If I train a lot I feel guilty for neglecting my husband and if I spend time having fun I feel guilty for neglecting my training! Sometimes I feel I am in a lose lose situation!

This Half Term my husband has been off for the week too and we spent the first 3 days in Dublin. The last time we were in Dublin I was running The Dublin Marathon so the focus this time was on relaxation and soaking up the sights and atmosphere so I didn’t dare pack my trainers!

I had a wonderful time and completely relaxed and over indulged over the 3 days but on returning home on Thursday the reality set in - I was 4 days behind in my training!

I currently do 2 swims, 2 rides and 2 runs a week which up to now I have found fairly easy to fit in around my working week!

However, having a week off with my husband and it all goes to pot!

My husband cannot understand how this can stress me out so much, but I need to see each workout duly ticked off so I have the confidence in my abilities to reach the goals set!

On Thursday evening I decided to get right back on the plan and did my own little mixed up mini triathlon! I did a 10 mile cycle, then a 3 mile run followed by a 1 mile swim!

I felt so much better for getting 3 workouts ticked off in one go!

On Friday I did another 1 mile swim and on Saturday I did a 31 mile bike ride in glorious spring sunshine!

Just as I murmured “Spring is on it’s way” Winter decided to rear it’s ugly head again!

Today I did a 5.75 miles very cold, wet and windy run!

I like to think I am committed to my training but the thought “I need committed” passed through my mind as I splashed through the deserted streets!

To make matters worse idiots in cars seem to think its hilarious to swerve as close to the kerb as possible to send a tidal wave over me! I was not impressed but hey ho I tried to keep smiling - no doubt people probably thought I was an escaped lunatic!

My legs felt heavy and uncooperative (and I’m sure it wasn’t from my water logged trainers but the after effects of cycling 31 miles yesterday!).

However, determined not to be beaten I continued pushing on and managed to run 5.75 miles at a relatively slow 9.29 minute mile pace. Its a good job it was supposed to be an easy run as my legs weren’t capable of giving any more! Any other day I would have run around the block to make it up to the 6 miles stated on the training plan but I was tired, wet, cold and not in good humour so I didn’t! 5.75 miles was good enough for me!

When I got home I immediately stripped off my sodden clothes and my body looked like it had suffered a severe case of sunburn! I have never seen such red fierce looking skin and I appreciated the steaming hot shower that thawed me out!!

So after a delayed start I managed to fit in all my workouts this week and keep my husband happy too!

Only 12 weeks until KMF Triathlon and sometime before then I need to fit in some Openwater swimming too!

I CAN do this and I WILL do this!

Back to school tomorrow and back to a more structured training week!


Lesley Wallace

Lesley Wallace

I am a 47 year old mum with 2 children who are now at University. I work as a HLTA in a local Primary School.

I had been running and cycling for about 2 years when I first started thinking about Triathlons. The seed was planted when a parent at school mentioned she was in the local Tri Club and suggested I should give it a go! I mulled the idea over for quite some time before having the confidence to join in May 2013.

I took part in my first sprint triathlon in April 2014 and was firmly bitten by the bug!

  • Location: Kendal, Cumbria
  • Event entered: Short Triathlon
  • Favourite outdoor activity: Trail Running
  • Favourite cake: Anything involving Chocolate!

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