Things are tough out there. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a world I don’t recognize, a place that is foreign and unpredictable; in many ways, it is. From your personal life to the global world, there are a lot of unknowns and free radicals out there (health pun). This is why I try to stay flexible. I’m not talking about stretching (although I am a HUGE fan as a result of my dance/gymnastics background, but that’s for another post). I’m talking about the day to day adjustments that you should NEED to make in life (especially if you are an amateur athlete/recreational runner/person leading a healthy lifestyle).
Yesterday I knocked out a lovely 6 miles before work. It felt great, the weather was lovely, and I rocked the rest of the day. I ate healthy and hydrated properly. Last night I got into bed an hour later than usual, and was exhausted today. I got out of bed, but decided to push my run for the day to this evening. I took leisurely morning stroll and got a bagel (whole wheat with strawberry cream cheese, because 1) its DELICIOUS and 2) sometimes I want to eat something pink).
At lunch I picked up a salad from Hale and Hearty since I didn’t have any food in my apartment, but then I picked up a cookie from a corner deli (I was feeling mopey). When I get home I’m going to plod out three sloooooow miles, I’ll probably even do two of them at the gym, and I’ll come back and have a bowl of whole grain pasta with sausage and peppers because that’s all the food in my refrigerator.
It’s ok. I like to cut myself breaks. I’m not the world’s hardest worker or most dedicated individual, but I put my best into everyday. Some days, that means I’m a rockstar employee and kick butt athelete; other days that means I need to organize my files because I don’t have the brain power to think strategically, and I’ll embrace couch-potato-hood the minute I get home.
Rest, in life and running, is extremely important to a healthy mind and body. That doesn’t mean I can make excuses to get out of a long run or a avoid a big project, it means I have to be flexible. I’ll put my long run off a day and do an easy one in the meantime. I’ll work on the less taxing projects on my desk and put a focused effort into the tougher ones tomorrow.
For me flexibility is a necessity. Are you a hardliner when it comes to training, or do you cut yourself some wiggle room like me?