‘I don’t have the time’

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One of the reasons I procrastinated about writing this blog was time. I honestly didn’t think I had the time to do it. Between working full time, run training, growing our own veg (very much still a work-in-progress!) and all the other things in life, I couldn’t see how I was going to fit it in.

I spoke to my lovely lady Sharon about it, and she simply said ‘you just need to do it’. She has a great way of cutting through to the truth. Other friends had said similar things, and one pal writes entire novels whilst working full-time, so I realised that I was in fact procrastinating. I did have time, and I just needed to manage it better and jump in with both feet.

I recently came across a new blog, and in it the author put me to shame, as not only does she write a blog, study full-time, and train for long-distance runs, she (and her husband) also have four children to look after! This post particularly struck me, and made me feel guilty for even thinking I didn’t have the time. If you want to know how Georgia does it, check out her blog. I’ve got a lot out of it, and will continue to do so, I’m sure.

Reading that post reminded me of an interview I’d heard on the excellent TalkUltra podcast, hosted by Ian Corless. In episode 102, he interviews, amongst others, American Ultra Runner Sally Mcrae (1h22m in) – check out her website, and an excellent short documentary (29 minutes), by the talented Billy Yang for more on Sally. In the podcast, she’s asked how she manages to fit it all in – the full-time training, the travelling to far corners of the globe to race, being a mother. Her answer is pretty amazing too, like Georgia’s. And it all comes down to organisation, and the desire to do the things that are most important to you.
Lesson learned on my part. I do have the time. And I aim to be more organised in order to use the time I have better. So if any of you reading this have been thinking of doing something, but don’t think you have the time, I challenge you to check out the links above and then ask yourself that question again.

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