This has felt like a really lazy week for me; I haven’t been good about getting my workouts in, to be honest.
Monday was difficult because of a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, Tuesday I got my strength training in, but no interval run because it was raining, and today was my late shift work day (8:30am-5pm) and by the time I picked up the dogs from doggie day care and got home I was starving and exhausted.
Excuses, excuses, excuses. I know. I KNOW!
Monday I should have done something in the evening, and today I should have gotten up earlier than I did (the bed was so warm and the house was so cold, though!). I know it’s okay to miss a workout now and then, but I panic a little when it starts happening a couple of days in a row because it’s so easy to slip back into doing absolutely nothing but sitting on the couch from the time I get home to the time I go to bed (I’ve got mad skillz in this arena…).
The other day, I was talking to a co-worker who was asking about my workout routine. I told her that I did strength training 3 days a week, an interval workout 2 days a week and usually got a run in on the 6th day. She was honestly impressed and amazed that I worked out so often — it was nice for her to say, but the compliment made me a little uncomfortable because it seemed so undeserved.
First, my triathlon background gives me a baseline standard of about 8-10 hours of training a week (which is probably ridiculous to most people). That’s about average for my triathlon friends and the 4 hours or so that I put in seems a little weak, ya know (since I’m no longer a triathlete, I suppose I no longer need to adhere to these standards…)?
Second, it occurred to me that training (basically) every day is the only way for me to be successful. If I say I’m going to work out 4 days a week, it’s easy to go from Monday until Thursday saying “I’ll get it done tomorrow”. And even after that, it’s easy to say, “Well, I’ll just do 3 workouts this week”. It’s my need for all or nothing. It’s better for me not to have a choice about it.
And see what happens when I try to introduce choice and flexibility to my workouts? I start skipping them. Baaaad Laura.
I sound whiny today, don’t I?
Anyway – strength workout scheduled for tomorrow. Maybe a run afterwards, depending on the weather. That’s the set-in-stone plan.
PS: I ended up stealing my roommate’s chopped chicken salad for dinner tonight… YUM.
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