2017 · Attitude · brenna gimler · commitments · Discipline · fitness schedule · Life · Planning · Priorities

Some Days You Just Do What You Can

Fitness is about dedication, determination, acceptance, fortitude, routine, consistency, learning, application, switching it up, flexibility and so many other things.  Learning to work within all of these words to be the best and smartest athlete you can is a process.  Sometimes you give it your all and other times you give it all you have in the tank. Knowing when to do either of those things is really important.  Being able to accept the days when you just can’t give 100% for whatever reason is something that takes a lot of effort, at least on my part, to wrap my head around.  You won’t get very far if you don’t learn to work within the boundaries of what can and cannot be accomplished on any given day.  You do what you can and accept that one day at a time.

My struggle to decide what fitness routine I want to do every day at 5:00 am isn’t always clear.  Sometimes I don’t even know until that morning what direction I’m going to take.  Sometimes I end up doing exactly what I want and other days I just do what I can because time isn’t always on my side. I can’t complain because I work out 7 days a week most weeks and switching up my routine with a schedule like that is really important to staying healthy and not wearing myself down too much.   Today I had another fight with my body.  We got home from rehearsal at 11:45.  Thank god I did lunches earlier in the night!  Anyway, my alarm just seemed to go off way too early.  I fought with my body, which will be another year older in a few weeks, for 15 minutes after the alarm went off trying to decide if we were headed out or headed downstairs.  I wasn’t really keen on even getting out of bed today.  Sleep was laying on me like an elephant today and I wasn’t really fighting it much.  So after several minutes of consideration and deliberation about what we were going to commit to, downstairs won.

For those who haven’t read my previous blogs, my husband and I build, paint and manage the sets for the high school musical productions put on by The Raynwater Players made up of the students at the school.  The show is tomorrow and its ridiculously big this time with too many sets, too many pieces left to finish and too many late nights.  Making this all happen is cumbersome and there is just so much prep each night to make the most of every minute.  Making dinners and lunches and getting supplies and things grows daily and takes more and more time away from sleeping as we get closer.  Today I can’t even go in to work on the show because I will be picking my son up from college for the summer (WOO HOO!  SO HAPPY!).

These things all take my time putting a choke hold on free time / me time.  These days during show prep I do what I can and accept that for now.  The show will be over soon and I can go back to two-fers soon.  So today the bike won the draw and it’s actually probably good that I stayed in because my knee felt a little wonky.  It didn’t hurt but it just felt wonky today.  I believe in signs so I’ll chalk that one up to a sign that bad things would have happened today if I had gone outside to run.  Thirty minutes is thirty minutes whether it’s running or weight training or riding the bike.  It all goes to reinforce the same thing and that is keeping me healthy and agile.  Some days you do what  you want and other days you just do what you can because something is better than nothing on any given day.

Have you had challenges getting your workouts in?  How do you make it all work?


Random Thoughts

It’s All In What You Tell Yourself

want to5 Days of not running began to worry me.  What if all of a sudden I couldn’t run because my body forgot how!!!!  These are the ridiculous things that one thinks about on normal rest days let alone a 5-day running rest marathon!  UUGGHHH!  I hate it so much but have become quite good at accepting them when they occur.  It’s kind of like training for a race.  Why is it that we actually give merit to the question “what if I can’t run the entire distance?”  Seriously…  If you have run one, you can run many.  It’s all in your head in my opinion because unless you are crippled there is no excuse, not even being blind, that should keep you from finishing a race.  I use the blind example because I actually know a guy who was a marathon trainer and guide for someone who was blind so I know it’s possible.  It’s just a matter of want to.  We are amazing creatures that have accomplished amazing things.  There is nothing in this world that I cannot do if I set my mind to it. PERIOD!  If you believe in yourself and in something then you should just go do it.  Don’t wait, Don’t spend endless hours wondering, Don’t think you can, KNOW you can and it shall be done.  Today I knew I could put down three miles because I’ve done it hundreds of times over the last 5 years that I have been running.  I didn’t really think I couldn’t, my impending run did not frighten me, I didn’t actually wonder if I could get it done..I knew it and I did.  I didn’t even have a really slow time for a slow run.  It was about average and it got done.  I knew it would and now I can check off one more fitness routine that I completed in my new and improved routine.  I’m doing really well with challenging myself to switch it up and take on more in 2016.


Random Thoughts · Rest


rest daysSo, I’m not a fan of rest days.  They just seem, well lazy to be quite frank.  One reason I like finally adding cross training into my workout routine is that it allows me to rest in the running department while still working out and working other areas that are in desperate need of attention.  It seems less like I’m having a rest day.  Today is day 4 without a run.  Not really ok in my over achievement world but in reality my legs probably are ok with it.  Honestly i don’t overwork them because I run 4-5 days which isn’t crazy i don’t think.  The running group I belong to but don’t attend is crazier in miles and since they are running some miles in 2 degrees they are crazy overall.  Probably one of the reasons I have drifted from my new and barely utilized group.  They are definitely above my abilities and intentions.  I would not run in this cold crazy weather.  I guess I don’t care that much.  Sad but true and irrelevant.  So this last week was a success in learning how to be ok with total rest days and to consider them  part of the routine.  It’s all good!