Life is busy, families are important, and work is a necessity. With that said, where does running fit into the equation? I would like to propose that priorities should not be ranked in a linear fashion, but instead as a Venn diagram. Think of the major life components as intricate circles that must coexist. Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that your fitness is more important than your family. It is not. However, a proper balance is the key to overall happiness for you and those who surround you. Running clearly involves sacrifices...sleep, relaxation, time with others, household and work projects, etc. It is hard enough to stay motivated on a daily basis to get up early or squeeze in that run before midnight. It is harder when you begin to rationalize skipping runs to spend time with family and friends. There will be weeks or months in which your running may be limited and vice versa. Be flexible, stay committed to long-term fitness, and surround yourself with those who will keep you accountable and stress proper balance.
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Bryan Brander, Ed.D.
Runner, coach, leader, mentor, consultant, husband, father, believer.