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Monday, August 23, 2010

If you create a habit...

If you create a habit in 21 days,
you create an obsession in 106 days.

I simply could not make myself get out the door Sunday morning.  I knew my body was needing a rest.  I busied myself with other chores all while trying to convince myself that I could take a rest day.

The family enjoyed breakfast together, S'ghetti girl had a friend over later in the day, I worked on head bands, baked a cake, cleaned the kitchen, played with LBM, did laundry and talked with Hubbs.  Before long it was time to take S'ghetti girl's friend home and head back to PA.

The drive was uneventful, which is exactly how I like it to be.  When we arrived home the kids piled out of the car to run off some energy.  I got to work unloading and settling back into the house.  It wasn't until I was putting away my running clothes that it really start to nag at me.

On the clothes went, out the jogger came and off we went for a later than usual run. 
It just felt like something was missing in my day.
Or has it crossed a line somewhere along the way?

I have made some racing plans for October, a few in fact.  Hopefully one that includes Hubbs.  So I know that my body is going to be in need of some rest and recovery if I want to enjoy some of the distances I have planned to take on.  Don't go crazy mega miles are probably "off the table" for this year.
And I am still hoping to find a race I can use as a training run during September so rest has to be in the plan.

But how do you know when you've gone from Habit to Obsession?
And is that really a bad thing?

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  1. I am loving your ribbon for the headbands! I was wondering if that is what you were using it for :)

    I am not a creature of habit and most days wish I were.

  2. Obsession with a destructive behavior = bad
    Obsession with running = good
    Just saying.

  3. In my books, it's a HEALTHY obsession. There are many several runners who don't take rest days... you know your body rest, but if you take it really easy on easy days, you should be able to gain some recovery.

  4. you are adorable. i'm linking you up in a post later cause i just want more folks to share the love!!

  5. Hahaha! I like Tonia's thinking because really, we're all a little obsessed with running when it comes down to it and every bloggy person I know seems to be healthy, productive members of society! So rock on lady! Can't wait to hear about the racing plans ;)

  6. as long as your habit is not interfering with your life or is not hurting anyone, its totally healthy. and its what u love....dont stop it!

    looking forward to hearing more about ur fall racing plans!

  7. I think the Philly Half on September 19th would be a fabulous choice =) haha