Training Tuesday: The Backup Plan

I was going to go running in the morning. I was finally going to break through the wall and wake up twice in one week to get out before the boys woke up. That was the plan. I had a backup plan as well: the treadmill at the gym. If I couldn’t get out the door at 7:00, I’d take the boys during the morning Child Watch hours and I would get it done. No question.

Short story shorter: I was up several times in the night and the sunrise run fell through. Then Manchild woke up with an earache and my resolve to run ran into the reality of sick children. The treadmill plan fell through, too.

But all was not lost. I knew I’d be inside all day, and maybe the next day, too. I’d have to figure out something to do to keep my head on straight and my spirits up. And that’s when I pulled out the Tae-Bo DVD (although next time I think I’m going to see how DanceDance Revolution does for me) . Manchild was asleep on my bed and Squish was kind enough to play by himself and only required that I pause the workout once to relieve both of us of his dirty diaper. An hour later I hopped in the shower knowing I’d done my best.

So here’s Tuesday Training tip #2: Have a backup plan. Or two. Life is unpredictable and you don’t always get what you want. But that is not necessarily a reason to neglect your physical and/or mental health. In this month’s Runner’s World, Sharon Chirban, Ph.D., a sports psychologist, says, “The key to maintaining a winter routine is mental flexibility. It’s essential to have the ability to reframe your workout in order to avoid ditching it.” If you give up on your workouts during the winter, you’re more vulnerable to negative self-talk such as, “I’m getting fat,” or “I’m lazy” or to feeling like you aren’t in control.

Do something to maintain your routine. Do something that challenges you at least a little bit. Do something that helps you to feel like you are taking care of yourself. And even if it isn’t what you really wanted to do, remind yourself that you did your best and move on.

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  1. I completely agree with this! I had intentions of getting up early to run. I’m just getting over a badly bruised toe. So, I wanted to take it slow today. I ended up (trying) to do Yoga. My 3 year old was my exercising partner. It was at least entertaining. I think I got some stretching out of it…I think….

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