I don’t mean physically, though flexibility is an important part of overall fitness and feeling good. I find that I am constantly having to be flexible with things in life, especially with workouts, and especially in winter. This is the time of year where the forecast becomes important in my week’s plan. Will my run to the gym (with my bag filled with dry work clothes) be ruined by freezing rain? Will I end up working an hour late, making me far too hungry for a post-work trip to the gym?
This week, like all others has required some flexibility on my part. First off, I did not sleep Sunday night which meant that the extra hour to sleep and putter around the house, rather than go to the gym on Monday, made a world of difference in how my day went. But I knew that I could not do the workout I planned for Monday on Tuesday because I need to vote in the Massachusetts primary to choose a new Senator to replace Senator Kennedy.
My workouts for the week are below. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be changes in the plan, but I thought I would share my progress with you. I promise to let you know when things get mixed up a little!
Saturday- 6 mile run with my new bloggy friends
Sunday- 1.5 hours of dog walking, very easy yoga stretching while listening to a variety of Silent Night renditions, very peaceful.
Monday- 5 miles on the elliptical at 7:20/mile(!!) plus .5 of a mile at a level 11 incline, 30 second plank pose, 3 times
Tuesday- Rest and VOTE!
Wednesday- 30 minute hill workout, elliptical or outside depending on weather, 25 minutes of power yoga for Project Strength
Thursday- 75 minutes power yoga
Saturday- 7 mile run
Last week I wrote about the importance of rest days, and I find flexibility is just as important in staying healthy, maintaining your life while training for a distance event, and feeling good about the training you are doing.
Hopefully my workout tips help! Have you had to be flexible with your workouts? What are the biggest reasons, and how do you handle it?