Work work work work

This weekend was insanely rainy, like only November in Seattle can be. I had planned on doing a 6 mile run on Saturday, but when I woke up the pouring rain didn’t really entice me to go outside and run. We also had a friend’s wedding to go to, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to get all the things done that I wanted to (but getting dressed up is always fun and makes up for it ;)).

Normally, I don’t mind running in the rain – I live in Seattle, rain happens a LOT- but there are times that I just can’t convince myself that it’s not that bad. 

Fortunately, my lovely boyfriend had the foresight to buy a recumbent workout bike and put it in our living room (hello cross training!). 

So, instead of going out for a run, I was able to stay in and do a quick 10 mile bike ride. After doing a couple sprint triathlons, I have a new appreciation for how much bike riding and swimming benefit my running, and it was nice to get back to using some bike muscles (giving my running muscles a break).

What are some of your favorite cross training activities?

Another benefit of indoor biking? I can study while I ride (yay efficiency!). I’m taking the Level 1 CFA exam on December 3rd, so it’s crunch time for me to cram in as much information as possible. 

With all the crazy studying that I’ve been doing (and will be doing right up until test day), on top of all the other usual stuff I have on my plate, running helps me maintain my sanity.

Sometimes, when life gets crazy, getting my run in can be challenging. However, I try as hard as I can to make it happen, maybe not every day like I’d like to, but as often as possible. If I didn’t, I’m pretty sure I’d explode (and that wouldn’t be pretty, haha). 

This week, I’ve got two books to finish reading, a social event that I need to make sure goes smoothly, and about 20 miles that I’d like to run. Oh, and work. Because work makes it so I can do all the things. Channeling my inner Elle Woods this week – let’s face it, I try to do this every week, haha – because I have so much stuff that I’d like to accomplish.

What do you have going on this week? What keeps you motivated to keep working towards your goals? 

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