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The Busy Season

Posted by Chrissy Horan  December 24, 2013 11:38 AM

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Does anyone else feel like December went by unusually quickly this year?!

In addition to the normal flurry of holiday gatherings, gift buying and decorating and baking, I've been preparing to switch jobs and beginning the training and fundraising season for the Run to End Alzheimer's marathon team. Add in a few snowstorms to increase the level of difficulty balancing this already tight schedule.

While all of these are good things, they add up. And unfortunately, this blog has taken a hit. I kept up with things as best I could with the "have tos", which took priority over some of the "want tos". And when bedtime was getting too close to the time my alarm would go off in the morning, the "want tos" sometimes had to wait.

Only do that which insists on being done and runs right up against you, hitting you in the eye until you do it."
- Samuel Butler

One thing I kept a priority though was running. In addition to the benefits this NY Times post discusses, this important hour of the day helped me maintain my calm for when things would inevitably get crazy later on. It was almost always worth the 60-90 minutes of sleep.

I have missed my time to write the last few weeks, but in the process think I have had the chance to practice what has always been for me a tough lesson – accepting that I cannot do it all. I'm never happy when I can't give my best effort, but as it turns out, the times I can do everything and to the best of my ability simultaneously are not very often.

I have tried this month to accept what I could not get done and enjoy those things I chose to do (and tolerate those I had to do). I plan to celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and family and enjoy every moment. Because in the whole laundry list of things to do this month, that’s really the most important.

Merry Christmas from Run Along!!

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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