Slowing things down
It has been so. hard.
Cuz here’s the thing: I’ve gotten really bad at being okay with not doing much.
I’m not good at sitting still.
I’ve tried being 100% lazy on a Sunday (even after a 20-miler) and just. couldn’t. do it. I had to go outside and move or stretch or do planks or get coffee with a friend or something.
I wouldn’t do well in solitary confinement (plus like, what’s up, claustrophobia?).
Slowing down in marathon training has nudged me to look at my life and where else I could slow down. Since training has hijacked most of my life for the past 12 weeks, there’s not a whole lot else I really need to slow down on. But I thought about my own notions of busyness, and feeling like I always should be doing something, or making plans, or thinking about making plans, or whatever.
But I figured out (even though I haven’t fully put it into practice) that sometimes it’s okay to just… not.
Sometimes we just need to be.
Sometimes I just want Ryan Gosling (all the time)
I realized that tapering not only applies to training, but should also apply in life (rough draft, working on it).
It’s okay to not always go balls-to-the-wall everyday, all the time.
Sometimes you just need to accept the fact that not doing anything but watching a Red Box flick, by yourself, with a glass of wine, and going to bed at 10 pm on a Friday night is a-okay when, the week before, you were out at the honky tonks with your best friend checking out the lead singer of a cover band and were out til 3 am.
I know my body needs it. My brain needs it: Rest. Because ultimately, allowing nothing to happen just makes room for bigger things later on.
So, here are some songs rotating through my tapering playlists this week and next:
Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car – Iron and Wine
All the Right Places – Zach Heckendorf
Second Song – Assembly of Dust feat. Keller Williams
Ulysses – Mason Jennings
West Coast Fool – Donavon Frankenreiter
Jacksonville Skyline – Ryan Adams
(omg, guys, we are getting SO mellow up in here)
Baby’s Got Sauce – G. Love
I Might – Wilco
You & I – Local Natives
Simple Song – The Shins
‘Til next time, I’ll be taming my taper temper! (i love amazing alliteration)