I don't drink, don't smoke, don't stay up late often and
I am married and we have 3 kids, a dog, a cat and a horse. My kids are spoiled, we probably watch too much TV and don't take enough family vacations.
If you asked me what our "Family Values" are it may take a while for me to come up with a decent list - that is actually true and not just wishful thinking.
Before the end of this month I will have a birthday - it sucks to get older. I don't necessarily have many regrets in my life, but if given the opportunity to be younger in order to do more stuff and do it better - that I would take. It would be nice to be 24, 28 or thereabouts again.
Aside from doing fun stuff w/ my family - I enjoy running, especially on trails and usually I run alone. For me, running has consequences both positive and negative.
On the positive side, there is: better health, actually getting faster and stronger, enjoying the Colorado scenery and achieving some goals.
On the negative side: it hurts
I think I may have a mid life crisis soon. Maybe that is an excuse to go buy a fancy shmansy sports car. My wife wouldn't let me do that, rightfully so. Maybe my planned / expected mid life crisis is more of a realization that I am getting older and so is my family - so if time and stuff with them is neglected - then I will never get it back.
So, some priorities for me, with my family, have been going through my mind recently. I'm trying to do things with more of a clear perspective on the "bigger picture". Being a self confessed knuckledragging niff norf - I'll fail at times, probably often.
Times that I will not fail (hopefully) will be when my family is fully the #1 priority. Then, when I can get out for a run - to run w/ a clearer purpose, be done and then come back home.
In the past couple of months I have been trying to run more purposed, meaning each run has a reason / goal. Sure I am training for races and so my runs are training: hills sometimes, tempos for others, as well as some long endurance building runs. But less "just running".
I'm running less days each week, but running a little longer on each of those runs - this has resulted in running only 4 or at the most 5 times a week. I've got up to 50+ miles for 2 of the past 3 weeks. This week though is looking like only about 30 to 35. It's a little difficult to accept that mentally, but I think I am okay with that.
The other "core" thing that I have been working on is my core. That midsection thingy / part of me that stores Ice Cream, jelly beans and chocolate quite well. I've cut back some (not much - but at least it is some) and have been working on core-strengthening exercises. I've found that is helping me feel and also run better. I'm also weighing less than I have in a while.
So, that's where I am - at least for today. Trying to be a better