Unbalanced: how I need to fit sport back in to my life

I raced a 5km leg of a triathlon relay today and found myself thinking about a question that someone had tweeted me, all about how to attack a race of that distance. My advice a few days ago had been to go out hard and concentrate on catching the person in front. Having raced today, I followed up on that tweet and said that I had used that tactic. Frustratingly the person in front wasn’t up for getting caught and I never closed the gap. I finished in 17:47.

The tweeter then asked me:

How come? Your pb is much faster than that.

To which I replied:

The short answer is that since that PB @freestakuk & @LikeTheWindMag have happened – work vs. training is not balanced!

And that is the truth.

Simply not training

In the last 7 days I have raced a mile (on Saturday), run 14 miles (on Sunday) and then not managed to do any exercise whatsoever until last night when Julie and I messed around on some gym equipment in the park. And then today’s 5km relay run-leg. That is possibly a total of 18 miles and around two and a half hours of exercise.

At the same time I estimate that I have been getting around five and a half or six hours sleep per night. For some people that is fine. But I have always needed sleep and when I was training hard, 8 hours was the minimum. Nine was preferable.

Love Freestak. Love endurance sports.

So what point am I trying to make? Well, I feel pretty frustrated at the moment. Don’t get me wrong – I love what I do for a living. I love what we do at Freestak and I truly believe in us as a business. We have amazing clients and we work on fantastic projects.

I just can’t understand why I seem to be unable to find 45 minutes in an 18 hour day to do some exercise – go for a run or swim or bike ride.

I think the answer to that question is that I do have a bit of a single-track personality. In the build-up to the 2012 London marathon, I was almost totally consumed by the race and I made sure that as far as possible life fitted around training. Now the situation is different and I love what I do at Freestak so much that I happily prioritise that over exercise. I know plenty of people – even some who own their own business – who prioritise their sport over their business. That is up to them.

I also think that I enjoy running more when I do it with other people and with all of the excitement at work, it is too easy to put off meeting people for a run or a ride, because I don’t want to commit to that in case something more exciting or pressing comes in to the office.

So I have decided that I need to achieve a more zen-like balance. I really am not going to try to deny myself the amazing opportunity that we have at Freestak. But I must, surely, be able to find 45 minutes every day to do some exercise? In fact, you can all help me. Could you send a tweet or write a comment on this post or send me a message asking me what I am going to do today or what I have done: that will keep me honest… So who’s up for helping me get back to some semblance of fitness? I’d really like to get back to my tweeter and give him a different answer soon!

freestak – a plug!

Say hello to freestak

Please pardon me for such an overt plug for a project that I am involved in, but as a reader of my blog, I consider you to be part of the group of the most important people for me as far as my two biggest passions are concerned – running and social media. So I would like to take a moment to tell you about a new project that I am working on with my wife, Julie.

The project is called freestak and at the moment it is alive and kicking on Facebook. You can have a look here. In time we will be tweeting from @freestakUK so if you are on Twitter please follow us there and you’ll see updates from freestak very soon.

But what is it?

freestak is the place where Julie and I will be collating all the best things we find on the internet: inspiration, tips, information, offers, competitions and the like. As runners, we love sharing the cool and useful running-related things that we find.

I really believe in the idea of trying to be the best runner I can be and in helping people to achieve the same for themselves. That is why I started this blog – to tell people about great products or services I have found that might help them. To review books or movies or websites that inspire me to train and race as well as possible and which might do the same for others. To highlight news stories that make the world of running such a fascinating place and share those stories with all the runners I know.

freestak is the natural evolution of that: a place where we will post all the stuff we find and as much of the stuff as we are told about by other people as possible.

So please have a look at the Facebook page and let me and Julie know what you think. We really want to constantly improve freestak so feedback, good and bad, will be essential for us to do that. And if you have anything to share with runners, please let us know – you can email simon@freestak.com or send me a tweet to @simon_freeman or send us a message through the Facebook page.

Thanks for taking a look. I look forward to hearing what you think.