I’ve not had much to write about since returning from my business trip to Europe. My focus has been catching up with the family and helping to get life back to normal. It was a big strain for my wife to manage the kids school and training. Especially when training involves a 250k round trip three times a week. What hasn’t helped is the fallout from our disagreement with the swim club so emotions are running high at the moment. Unfortunately even after all these years as a husband and father I still managed to be less than optimal at times and made a couple of wrong choices, for which I am trying to redeem myself.
I am fortunate to have a wonderful wife, who still hasn’t killed me and allows me to run occasionally as she does see the value to me and the family.
Unfortunately I’ve not been able to get out as often as I’d like and it shows. Today I did a 5k while two of the children were training. It hurt! Some days the best thing about a run is stopping. I couldn’t find a pace or rhythm and everything hurt. Not cool. I can only put it down to inconsistent training. As we get to the last week of school I’m hoping we can all relax and recover and with the pressure off I can get a bit more time on my feet.
One plus is that I have supported the kids and the surf club by being an official at the recent surf carnival and there’s another one tomorrow. This is always good. It’s a long day on the beach with no breaks, but great to watch all the kids out on the beach and surf, working hard and having fun.
A nice little segue on the subject of consistency is the other thing I’m working on. For no other reason than I think it’s a good idea (I did run it past my boss first to be sure though)I’m currently promoting a health and wellbeing month for the company I work for. On another blog the author mentioned RED January. This is a UK based movement promote mental health benefits from daily exercise. RED equals run every day.
As my office is fairly sedentary I think this is a great idea. Over the last three days I’ve run a teaser campaign over email, with “what is Red?” “Are you ready for red?” This has got people’s interest and a number have come and contacted me wondering what I’m doing. Some curious, some concerned that I’m going to turn January into a boot camp. I’ve got 20 people signed up already just from the teaser.
What I’m trying to do is get my coworkers to do some type of exercise every day in January. There’s no competition, no league table, no interdepartmental challenge and no prizes. Just each person making a small active change every day. My role is to motivate, encourage, and be the conscious of the company to achieve RED in January
I’ve got stuff planned for the office. I’m going to invite everyone to join me for an 11:30 morning plank. Along with the 2:30 stretch, where I’ve 22 days of office/desk based exercises that I’ll encourage the team to do. I’ve some other stuff as well that I’m still trying to work out how to fit in.
I’m pretty excited and confident that there will be a good uptake and we’ll have some healthy fun in January. I’m looking forward to sharing.
My learnings this month, try not to screw up when your wife is stressed, consistency in training is vital and RED January is coming.