Obstacles and Patience

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last post. I’m not really sure how that happened. Life has been a bit of a runaway train lately, and I don’t know how many times I’ve said to myself, “I’ll write tomorrow.” And then another day would come and go.

It’s been a little discouraging. I can be pretty hard on myself when I feel like I’m falling short on my goals. I’m doing this project for fun, but when I started, I kind of had in my mind that I’d write at least once a week. And obviously that goal has fallen apart.

I also have other goals that I feel like I’m slipping on. In addition to my commitment to making a charitable donation based on the number of miles I run this year, I also wanted to get directly involved in service work. But things haven’t gone as planned. I submitted a volunteer application to Girls on the Run a few months ago. I wasn’t able to meet the time commitment for a coach, but I had hoped to support the organization in other ways. The volunteer coordinator told me that the organization – based on its needs – contacts volunteers who have filled out applications. They did contact me with an opportunity to serve as a race day volunteer (the Girls on the Run program culminates in a 5k). I was all set to help out and then a personal issue took me away from Atlanta unexpectedly for ten days and I wasn’t able to participate, which was disappointing. And truthfully, I haven’t had enough time to feel comfortable pursuing and committing to other service work right now.

And finally, my mileage goal for the year is slipping further out of reach. I had planned to shoot to run 1,000 miles this year. Right now, I’m at 239.3 miles for the year. I’d have to average just over 23 miles per week for the rest of the year to hit 1,000. For a lot of runners, that may not seem like a lot, but it’s definitely a lot for me. I’ve only run more than 20 miles a week a couple times this year. So when I have a particularly low mileage week (which I’ve had a couple of lately, due to a lot of external pressures and stress), it’s discouraging.

The truth is I’m just feeling a lot of stress in my life right now – both professionally and personally. Most of it is “good” stress, but time and energy have definitely not been in high supply for me lately. I’m working on it – trying to focus on getting enough rest, making my workouts a priority (if I make sure I get a run in first thing in the morning, it helps set a calmer tone for my entire day), not over-scheduling myself, and eating right. I’m also working on being more patient with myself. In a couple months, things should calm down quite a bit, but in the meantime, I am working on recognizing that, right now, I’m doing the best I can.

And this past week or so has been pretty good. I’ve been very busy with work, but I have gotten back into a kind of routine with my running. And, as you can see from this picture, my running shoes had friends here for a while:

Tim stayed with me for the past 10 days, and we did a lot of running together, including two 9+ runs at the river and several other shorter runs. I do feel like I’m getting back on track and feeling stronger, and that’s really encouraging.  And I feel very grateful and happy that running and training is something we can enjoy together. Along with eating. We had some great meals while he was here! Some that we cooked, and some out, including last night’s dinner at Kaleidoscope (awesome restaurant in my complex) – picture below.

As always, the weekend was too short! But I feel pretty ready for the week ahead. Going to try to get a short run in tomorrow and get back into my strength training routine this week.

Miles run since last post: 52.5; total miles for the year: 239.3.



  1. Debbie Becker
    May 16, 2011 / 8:46 am

    Sweet Janice….the electric and gas company has no problem “changing” my monthly budget when they see that the year seems to be going in a slightly different direction than they predicted. I say “change” your goals. Lessen your goals due to your year going in a slightly different direction than you predicted. Call it a mid-year adjustment 🙂

    A child that excels in AP English instead of struggling in Honors English is a happy child. A child that plays every game in JV baseball instead of sitting on the bench in Varsity baseball…is a happy child.

    Shoot for the stars…I get it….you want “the most” and “the best”. But the moon is just as good…….and you already got the stars anyway….you got Tim <3

    Stop beating your adorable self up. Life isn't easy. Simplify your goals of yourself and you will have less stress and ENJOY more!!

    Love ya, Debbie

  2. Denise Pitchford
    May 16, 2011 / 9:38 am

    Honey…wow, was this posting ever hitting the nail on the head for me. Obstacles and Patience go hand in hand for me right now (no pun intended!!)
    The double hand surgeries have thrown me off kilter, along with other stressors in my life. Thankfully, you were here to help me during that 10-day period. “LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE’RE BUSY MAKING OTHER PLANS!” As I read sweet Angel Debbie’s comment, I have to agree….stop beating yourself up. I say just focus on the other goals that you set. Your goal of just writing this blog and sharing your life experiences are helping everyone who reads it in ways that you can’t even imagine. The ripple of joy effect and spiritual awakenings that you are creating in people are HUGE! And as Dad wrote on the tile board this morning to me, “Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.” Love you, Mom 🙂

  3. May 16, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    Janice, I agree with both Debbie and your Mom! Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all know you have a lot on your mind right now, so just take care of yourself. I am so proud of you and I just love reading your blog. It always so interesting and it sure makes me feel so good. Love you so much, Grandmom

    • Marilyn Catania
      May 16, 2011 / 7:21 pm

      Hi Janice…
      I also agree with Debbie, your Mom and Grandmom. You are amazing. It’s okay to readjust your goals. Just take care of yourself. Life is good and we are all the better for having you in our lives. Love you.

  4. janice
    May 16, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    Wow, thank you everyone for your comments! They really mean a lot!

  5. Krista
    June 5, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    You inspire me! I’ve been off track with running and facing my own obstacles later. Looking forward to getting back on track! Hang in there!

    • janice
      June 5, 2011 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks Krista! I’ve been following your Facebook updates and it looks like you have a lot on your plate right now, with grad school and everything! Hope all is going well!

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