The Balancing Act

Another day goes by, and the weekend inches ever closer. As a working man I'm really starting to enjoy the concept those precious 48 hours of freedom where a man can use his time as he sees fit. As the summer continues to "heat up," we look beyond June to that special July day where the grills come out and families get together to watch fireworks light up the night sky. 

But we're not there yet folks, and there is plenty of running to be had by yours truly until we get to that magical 4th of July. It's been more than a month since I've been home from the big bike ride and I am really starting to get into my new job in Mountain Lakes. It's been a great experience so far, with friendly people,"Bagel Fridays," and "Beer Club Thursdays." I have to say that this latterperk has quickly grown to be my favorite, but I have to be careful to watch how much I consume, especially since I'm training now and this is my first foray into the corporate setting.     

Adjusting to my new schedule has been proven challenging but not impossible. As long as I choose one or two nights a week that I am sure to be getting a full nights rest then I usually have enough energy to perform my productive duties. Drinking tea and keeping motivated for those other training days has proven fruitful as well.     

The more that I am out of college, the more I am forced to acknowledge that it all comes down to the concept of how those choices we make today can affect the choices you make tomorrow. For example I spent the day Tuesday at Jimmy Buffet in Camden, tailgating with my friends from school and my best friend's family and extended family.    

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If you've never been to one of those concerts, the first thing you should know is that most of the people there don't even remember being at the actual concert. It's that kind of party. With that in mind, I made sure to get my run in the morning of the concert and the morning after. I knew that I was going to have to run the day after just to get a semblance of a workout in so I didn't feel like total garbage at work. It worked, although I think it had more to do with the liters of Gatorade I consumed in the post concert than with the actual run itself.    

This past weeks have been busy. Between work, fitting my morning workouts in, and catching up with friends in the evening, I have spent very little time at home. One of my best friends surprised me by returning home early from her time studying abroad in Australia and so I've put things on hold for the moment as we catch up and swap travel stories with one another. 

As one friend called it, "welcome to the decades long balancing act."     

Truer words have never been spoken before. But as long as I have an idea of what the week is going to be like, and how to approach my days, I think that I will be able to maintain all of those important aspects we value as social creatures.

Robert Wagner