Q: Can’t follow your schedule to a T?

Dear Lauren-

For the neurotic, yet recreational, folk, how do you calm yourself down when you aren’t able to follow your schedule to a “T,” i.e. getting discombobulated if you miss one workout or one run. Does it really matter as long as you get in the majority of your workouts?




Hey Meggie!

Listen: don’t sweat it if you don’t sweat it.  Ok that was lame, but I couldn’t resist.

Seriously though, flexibility is not only permissible in training, its REQUIRED for success.  You don’t train in a bubble.  If you did, you could follow your schedule to a “T.”  But even as someone who runs for her job, I can tell you that even in my most dedicated months of important training, I have to make at least one or two adjustments per week to the schedule.

Effective training is about understanding the purpose and makeup of your training week so that you understand how you can shift things around when life/soreness gets in the way.  So long as you get adequate recovery between hard workouts, you can shift what days you do them.  And yes, so long as you get the majority of it in, you will get the benefits.

You have a job and responsibilities, both of which will effect how your body feels.  As you know, to get training done at all under these circumstances, you can’t wait around to feel rested and chipper all the time or you’ll never train.  That being said, brainless dedication to a schedule no matter what is a great way to get hurt or run-down or sick.

You need to commend yourself for listening to your body, not beat yourself up.  You sound like someone who rarely misses a beat, but when you do, tell yourself that you are wise. Remind yourself that you don’t skip something unless you are really strapped, and in those situations, rest is the best choice anyway.  The days that you skip training are the days you produce more growth hormone, and your systems recover, and your muscles rebuild.  Turn your focus on recovery during those lost training days by eating nutritious meals and getting good quality sleep.  If you can’t train hard that day, you might as well recover well!