As an amateur (OK fine, mature) athlete I don’t have endorsements or money riding on my performance. So if I skip a race or sleep in and miss a 5:30am training run, there’s not much that will change. Other than the size of my butt or my mental health.
That’s not to diminish, in any way, shape, or form the commitment that I, and many of you have for our endeavors. Our fitness goals. Our objectives.
Sometimes, however you do need to adjust your goals and objectives when things occur. You get whatever crud is going around, aches or pains amplify, life events unfold that make getting to your workout or out the door difficult or work piles up and you’re logging massive hours at the office or commuting.
And while you may think that the best course of action is to skip the workouts, the runs, or the classes, I encourage you to take a different path. For a short period of time. Short period of time.
Set a deadline. For the next 2-4 weeks I’ll (fill in the blank) until I can get back on my normal path.
Here are a few tips that might help.
- Adjust your time – take a 10 minute walk instead of that 60 minute class.
- Adjust your intensity – HIIT classes a bit much, modify and bring your effort down to 50-75%
- Adjust your goals – don’t ditch them completely, just re-evaluate. Can you reasonably fit the training into a 2 month time frame or would it be better to plan a race or event later in the year when you have 3 months to train.
- Adjust your mindset – just because your friends can do a certain workout or run, don’t force it. Sometimes you need to go your own course.
Trust me, I’m not advocating you stop and take a break. Set a new plan for a short time frame and then evaluate.
Now go run!