Thursday Things

1. A miracle happened Saturday morning.

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I mean really. I’m generally not all that OCD about my workout numbers, but when I stopped my watch after my long run Saturday morning and saw this, I absolutely couldn’t believe it. Look at all of those zeroes! It’s all so perfect and beautiful!

The funnier thing about this to me was that before I go for a run, I generally try to make a general estimate of how long it’ll take me. For whatever reason, I always guess I’m going to average a 10:00 pace on any run, even though this never, ever happens. To actually average exactly a 10:00 on this run made me smile.

2. Last week, I recommended this book to three separate bloggers, so I figured I might as well recommend it to the rest of you as well.

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I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume I’m not the only Type A perfectionist out here in Blogland, and I’m also going to assume I’m not the only Type A perfectionist who, though realizing that there can be benefits to having these tendencies, realizes that there are also a whole lot of drawbacks towards that all-or-nothing, perfect-or-failure dichotomous mindset. The ultimate takeaway of The Pursuit of Perfect is that it’s not only good, but necessary, to fail, because in failing we learn. I thought it was a great read and would definitely recommend it to any perfectionist out there.

3. I have officially decided I would like to hire a second Bethany. Ideal candidates will be able split my work and post-work obligations with me so that I am able to actually occasionally have a spare second to breathe while still maintaining 1) a full time job 2) something resembling a social life and 3) race training/fitness pursuits in general. Alternatively, if this is not a possibility, candidates with the ability to add one to two post-work hours to each day (or loan me their teleportation device, so I can stop spending any time traveling from Point A to Point B), the ability to add one additional day to each weekend, or perhaps remind me that maybe, just maybe, “Do ALL the things!” is possibly not the best way to live life are also welcome to submit their resumes.

How do you balance your work/life schedule? Alternatively phrased, “How do you know how to say no?”

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14 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. i mean I need a second alex so can’t really say I can split my time and be a second bethany. although that would be ideal in the end. imagine having that double person? one could sleep in while the other worked out but you got the benefit of both… now look what you have me thinking of

  2. I’m going t o read that book I swear. I have it in my kindle queue waiting to be downloaded. It will happen. I know I could benefit from it. As for the numbers, that is so cool! I feel like if I was going to come close to it I would most certainly stop my watch haha proof or it didn’t happen. That’s pretty cool that you were so spot on though- pace isn’t exactly something you can “make up” to say whatever you want at the end of a long run. It is what it is. You’ve got a talent!

    • Yay! I really think you’ll like it 🙂

      I’m usually not one to take Garmin pictures (unless it’s a really significant run, like 18 or 20 miles or something), but when I saw that I was like, “NO. WAY. Must photograph immediately.” Haha. Proof or it didn’t happen — exactly 😛

  3. With balancing work/life, I guess I’ve just found my limits through trial and error. I know that after a certain point my productivity rapidly decreases and I’m also pretty useless in the late evenings so I plan around those obstacles. If I’m feeling too worn out from work, I tend to perform poorly and it’s better for me to have a few hours of fun than to finish an assignment early (obviously, if its due you gotta get it done). I also use calendars excessively.. outlook at work, a paper calendar for school, and my iphone/google calendar (merged) on my phone and computer for fun things and workouts. I have everything e-mailed to me at an assigned time beforehand so I know how to plan my days. I also write myself messages like “Rest day – Sleep in” which is always a fun message to receive the day before a rest day :).

    Also, can you pretty please not allow my other comment through. Totally overlooked that I was logged into the wedding site. Whoops!

  4. Hahaha oh girl…honestly, I just started saying no to things I didn’t want to do. It was really hard at first and it made me feel really guilty, but it was one of the best things I’ve done in the past few years. It becomes easier with practice, promise! That’s crazy about that run time, too!! Very cool 🙂

    • I think the biggest problem for me right now is not that I’m saying yes to things I don’t want to do — it’s that I genuinely want to do everything, except for things I *have* to do (like spending an hour commuting or whatever). I guess it’s probably more of an issue of figuring out what’s most important to me and prioritizing those things over things I want to do but can survive not doing.

  5. You know, I ALWAYS think I’m going to run a 10:00 minute mile, too. I usually end up faster than that (or slower depending on how many traffic lights I hit) but for some reason 10:00 is just stuck in my head as my pace.

    As for work/life balance, I’m really trying to take a step back this year and not schedule something EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. I need my down time! I put even tentative things on the calendar before I say yes for sure and then I can see if my weeks are starting to get crowded. Then I just decide what is going to have the best ROI for my goals and choose to do those things.

    • That’s a smart idea to pencil things in even if they’re tentative. I’ve definitely had occasions where I’ve looked at my calendar the week beforehand or whatever, seen I had something every night, and been all, “How on earth did this happen?!” Putting down tentative plans is a great idea!

  6. I am sorry you are stretched so thin at work and at home! I have been so crazy busy at work that I have cut back on social stuff. I guess that is how I cope.

    I am not type A, but I bet I would find that book interesting! I love reading stuff like that 🙂

  7. Dunnohow your obligations lie, but have you ever considered hiring a virtual assistant? They can just take care of the menial things in life, like sorting out bills, or making appointments or following up on e-mails etc. they’re not very expensive at all depending on what spectrum of things you need done. That could help. I’ve just gotten really good at saying no, or “I’ll see if I can do that. I’ll let you know” so I don’t feel guilty or obliged to say yes right away. That gives me time to think if it’s worth my energy and effort then I respond a bit later. Has saved my time and mood. I’m also reallllyyy good at taking vacations when I know I’ll be going crazy. Like February.

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