It’s not pretty. I am not going to lie. Leading up to President’s Day weekend was REALLY tough. I felt burnt out. I was tired, I was sore, I was over it. And it’s only February. NEWS FLASH JADE-THE RACE IS NOV! I was just not wanting to do this. I told my coach I needed a break. His response was “breaks are good, but how fast can you recover?” I had to explain that I wasn’t needing a break to recover physically, but mentally. So that week I took it upon myself to not do one of my workouts (maybe 2) and then took most of the weekend off. I went out to Arizona Saturday at 4am with my hubby and our pup and set forth for a mini vacation. Damn! I needed it. We hiked, shopped, cooked, walked, shopped some more. It was great. I feel re-charged and re-freshed to get back at it. My coach keeps reminding me that I need to focus week to week, and he needs to be focused on the end. I am too emotionally charged for this. I am. I get it. My husband is great at understanding this is whats happening now, but also thinks I need to have some more fun. However, for me, fun is racing. Josh HATES that I like to race. Hates that I will pay to run a distance I can run on my own. Ugh.. fellow runners.. we run for the group, the medal, the scenery, right? Anyways.. thats a completely separate battle in this house. None the less, my coach is VERY normal. We are hard core, but not really. He gets that there needs to be a balance in life. I like that. He reads and responds to all of my e-mails. Basically we are like family-isn now. I have to tell him how I feel, what I did during the day, etc. I tell him everything to my periods and how they may have affected my workouts, to my diet, my mental breakdowns, and even sometimes how my marriage is crap because of all my training. This is a lot more than I imagined. It sounded so cool signing up. And it is. I meditate and visualize about 3 days a week on this IM finish.. I am learning where to balance. When to say no. How to push. And more. I am starting to travel for work, and I will have to fit in workouts away. Not always easy. But I am doing it. And Max is there for me. Max is my coach by the way. If you need one he is great. I will pass him along. I went in to my 70.3 race with ZERO nerves. I have run how many races? I still get a little antsy, but he prepared me SO well.. that I just did it. It was weird. LOL None the less.. I am human. Some days I have to know when to push and others to not. Just gotta remember that!