The start of February has been a challenge. I feel I have barely been at home as work has taken me all over the place and the lack of planned routine with my exercise has meant that I have avoided it on the days I have actually had time. This definitely wasn’t my plan for 2017.
I really envy those people who love exercise or those who do it routinely just because they know they should. I am a real avoider. January’s challenges meant that I was exercising even when I didn’t want to and I wanted to keep that up, but it is not my default setting!
The week starting 6th February I managed 2 Bikram classes and one long run of 12Km. After the 10Km race on Sunday 5th I had terrible foot pain. I think it was perhaps inflammation of the tendons along the top of my left foot, something I have had before from running. I wasn’t in a position to run much that week and needed to rest it. The rest definitely helped but it has dragged me back into a mode where no exercise is the norm. That week I made yoga on Monday and then was away with work and the next class I could get to was on Thursday night. I could have gone on the Friday but didn’t. I should have, because then on Saturday I visited my life-long friend Alex and her little baby over in Essex and despite leaving hers in time to make the last yoga class of the day the traffic had other ideas and I ended up missing it by 20 minutes.
I tend to leave exercise till ‘later’ – whenever that may be, and I really don’t know why this is. I should just get up and get it done. I really need to get that pattern back into my life. As I said before, the most consistently I was exercising in the last few years was in preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro when I would workout nearly every morning and evening, taking on just a little workout each time so that it never felt overwhelming.
I want to be that Sophie again.
This week I have been to yoga on 3 occasions. Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. I have not run at all. I don’t like how easily I am choosing to not bother with yoga or running. It’s making me sad that I am not exercising when I know it makes me feel better, and I know that I can do better than this. I am still on track to make my 10 yoga classes this month, which was the absolute minimum I wanted to achieve, but in all other aspects I am not meeting my own expectations. I need to get some routine back. I need a training plan.
Hold that thought……