At 5:45 a.m today, I had a little revelation. My alarm went off and I was supposed to roll out of bed without thinking, don my clothes, and run down to the high school track for my 6 x 800m workout. But...
Bed time the night before was 11:45 p.m. because I had stayed home all day with a sick baby and there were some work-related tasks that I absolutely had to get done after baby went to bed / after dinner / after chatting with Mr. F about his day but before work started on the east coast this morning. [BTW, this meant I missed my XT1 swim workout and had to sub a yoga-DVD, not quite the same.]
So early this morning when the radio alarm turned on, I was tired. It was dark and rainy outside. So I did something crazy...
I turned my alarm off.
An hour later, I woke up and pulled on my running clothes, accepting that I was going to get into work an hour later but would make up that time through the rest of the week. I thought, I don't have time to get a track workout in but it doesn't mean I can't get ANY workout in.
It seems I constantly fall into this mind set that it's "all or nothing" with these workouts, especially since I started the Furman FIRST Run Less / Run Faster program. (The FIRST appeals all too well with my obsessive compulsive side.) My initial thought was that if I couldn't get my track workout in, I was doomed. One workout missed, my whole week and program thrown out of whack, I suck, I'll never get my PR, I'll never be able to finish this program, etc.
But you know, I realized that I could at least just get my tush out the door for a short run. ANY kind of run at any pace, any distance. ALL WAS NOT LOST! Sheesh - when did I get so uptight?
So I ran. I headed out the door and after I warmed up, I realized that I was feeling ok. Ultimately, I decided to push myself and turn this "just get out the door for any kind of exercise" run into my weekly tempo run.
Ok, so still a
Do you ever just abandon a workout completely because it isn't going to be the workout you had planned?
Do you ever give yourself permission to let go, just a little even?
This is something I need to put into practice more often:
Let go of the details when situation calls for it, loosen up, and remember the point is to get fit and have fun, not beat myself up and wear myself ragged.