The Balancing Act

I’m struggling with balance. How about you?

I’m still feeling the effects of Lyme disease. I get tired more quickly than usual. Ten or 11 hours of sleep a night seems to be what I need. I get tired during the day. And when I get tired I get really achy and headachy.

But I love to run and swim and hike. And I’m currently up at Saratoga Springs to play Opera Saratoga. I love being up here. I get to see old friends, and I’m that much closer to the North Country! I’m just a half hour from Lake George and the lower end of my beloved Adirondacks. I usually spend every moment possible up North running around in the woods when I’m here for the opera.

Argh! How to balance my need for rest with my need for outdoor activity? I’ve written before about the importance of respecting our bodies and what they are going through when we’re in treatment or fighting some other disease. No, this is not cancer, but it’s not nothing either!

My solution is to cut back on some of the usual socializing, take little naps when I can, but still try to get out for a short run. And I just signed up for the Adirondack Distance Run on Sunday, a 10-mile run through rolling hills along the shore of Lake George.

I realize a 10-mile race might be pushing it. But I’m trying to balance the importance of rest with the need to do things I love. I need to do something that feels like normal. I need to feel excited.

I don’t plan on doing anything stupid. If I need to stop, I will. I have no problem with stopping or walking if it’s necessary. But the idea of running the race, even of getting up really early to do it, makes me happy. Making the attempt makes me happy.

So, I’ll race on Sunday. I’ll get plenty of rest before that. I’ll walk or stop if I need to. But I’ll race on Sunday – and feel very happy.

How do you balance the need for rest with the need for activity and goals?


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5 Responses to The Balancing Act

  1. Cheryl says:

    Julie your attitude is what ‘makes it happen’ for you. You have the wisdom to listen to your body so I will simply wish you well in the run.

  2. Ronni Gordon says:

    I know just what you mean. I’m in the same boat, and I often don’t do a very good job at balancing. All we can do is be aware and try. You are obviously doing much longer distances than I am, but I have a question: Is a 10-mile race easy for you or a stretch at this point? When you are going through a bumpy period physically, maybe you should pick a short run that will be really easy so that you get the fun of being in a race without having to push yourself. But anyway have fun in the race and walk if you have to!

  3. I have a hard time, too. It’s hard for me to take a day “off” of strenuous exercise. I usually will do some yoga or something-I can’t help it. Enjoy your run! You inspire me!

  4. Thanks everyone.
    Ronni, you make a good point. Since I’ve been sick, I’m not sure if 10 is a stretch or easy. If I had been running more since Bear Mountain, it would be a piece of cake. But I’m not sure. That’s part of why I want to do it. I’ve been running between 3 & 6 miles a few times a week, so doing a 5K doesn’t seem so interesting to me. Besides, this is the race that’s here. I’ll give it a try.

  5. gillian says:

    meshugganah(Yiddish for crazy one). But I say it with a smile…..don’t cut out too much of the socialising. Looking forward to hearing how the race went.

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