I have been working out on my own for a total of 23 days. There are so many things I love about the convenience and easiness of not having to schedule my workout time and pack my gym clothes; I don’t have to worry about being on time, and wonder what the session will be like, because I am in charge of it all. I feel more relaxed and in control, and it is what I need right now.
Right now I am trying to figure out when to lift, when to run, what to lift and what to run, and I am a little sore from experimenting with weight and reps and schedule. I have the information I need, but it has been a couple months since I have been working out regularly with any kind of plan that made sense. So, essentially, I am starting over. And I am sore.
I am trying to be patient and listen to my body and do what feels right, and for right now that means going with a very loose plan that looks like waking up in the morning and taking inventory of what body parts feel sore, tired and what body parts feel good. It also means no anti inflammatories, plenty of water, and movement. It means paying attention to joints and muscles and stressors.
Today I planned to run at noon, but a Friday run, Saturday squat session, followed by an easy Sunday run means tired legs and a very sore left hip flexor and glute. Today’s run will probably turn into a walk or a hike. It is difficult for me to slack off a bit and still feel like I am working hard enough without regressing. Without a big goal race, or a lifting goal, I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to practice moving well and maintain the fitness level I have achieved without getting injured. It is very tempting to go downstairs into my basement and try to lift heavy and do too much. It is very tempting to push myself to run farther and faster, but I am trying to be mindful of all that I have learned the last 8 years and to remember where it got me. I am not sure what my next set of goals will be. Right now I am still trying to figure it out on my own.Right now I am where I never thought I would be a year and a half ago-ready, willing and able to workout on my own.