I love, and crave, consistency in my life.
I’ve had the same thing for breakfast for over three years. I’ve had the same 10:30 snack for over three years. I’ll eat the same food for lunch for months on end.
Consistency and predictability are key.
Consistency and predictability help to ease my anxiety because I know what to expect on a day-to-day basis; they also help to minimize decision fatigue. I didn’t really get decision fatigue until I started being the only person to make all the decisions. Guys, it can be exhausting. Sometimes I really don’t want to be the one to have to decide what to cook for dinner. It can be really nice to have someone else making the decisions on my behalf.
I think one of the reason I’ve struggled with running in May and June is because I kept needing to decide to do go run. It wasn’t a given. I only sort of had days that I ran, and so instead of deciding, I skipped.
Conversely, I was really good at going to barre because I would log in to my account, book a class, and the decision was made for me. I was going to barre that day.
When I made the decision to start running to work a few times a week, I knew it would be easier to manage if I planned out my summer schedule over the course of the week. This way I know what is going to happen on each day of the week, and there isn’t a heck of a lot of deciding.
Sure, life happens and I’ll definitely need to make some changes here and there, but overall, this should be a pretty consistent schedule for me.
Monday: I can ride my bike to and from work on Mondays and bring my lunches with me in my backpack so I don’t have to try to fit them in my smaller running pack. Biking to and from work will give me about 10 miles of cycling, which isn’t a ton, but it’s still more than my 1 mile walking to and from work.
Tuesday: I can run the 5 miles into work and then walk home and go to barre at 7:15 with Leslie. We’ve both signed up for the Summer Challenge, and although it doesn’t start until July 20, I want to get in the habit of going multiple times a week as I’m away for two weekends during the challenge. I might also run home since I won’t have a time crunch, though my legs miiiight hate me for it.
Wednesday: Since I’m easing myself into running, I don’t (yet) want to run on 3 back-to-back days, so I’ll ride my bike on Wednesday and then hit up Megan’s barre class. I’ve been attending her class near weekly since April, so it seems wrong to miss it.
Thursday: Another run commute day followed by BodyPump. Since one of my July goals is to attend Pump once a week, 5:30 on Thursday sounds great to me!
Friday: Back on the bike, and back at the barre. A lot of weeks I’d rather chill on my couch on Friday, but barre sets me up for a successful weekend.
You may be wondering why I haven’t included the weekend in my schedule. This is mostly because my weekends can be pretty fluid. Sometimes I’m racing, sometimes I’m out of town and I want to keep them flexible.
If I’m in town and not racing, I plan to go to at least one barre class, go one one bike ride, and go for one run.
Full disclosure: I didn’t ride my bike on Monday (I didn’t yet have a lock) but I did on Tuesday
and Wednesday! (Yeah, definitely didn’t bike today because I’m exhausted. zzzzz) Running has taken a bit of a backseat as my second toe had a rather unfortunate incident with a slide on Saturday. There may or may not have also been watermelon margaritas involved….
Do you have a fitness schedule, or do you like to play things by ear?
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