As a self-proclaimed athlete (okay… that might be a stretch…) it’s easy to fall into the trap of the never-ending Facebook feeds and Pinterest posts that tell you the “should’s” of training, eating, sleeping, etc. — essentially the bible for your life as an actively-driven human.
You should run at least 4 times a week when training for a race [of any distance].
You should not drink while you are training, nor should you eat sweets, or snack on anything but the optimal fuel [really, don’t enjoy anything you consume for the next 6 weeks].
You should take active recovery days.
You should train for every type of weather that might occur [so mid-summer I should set up a ice and sleet machine? Just in case I run into it during my race?]
You should get 8 hours of uninterrupted every night [HOW?]
While I make fun of these, and while I could go on with so many more should’s that I myself get sucked into every day, the real one, the truest one, is simple: you should go with what your body feels.
If your body feels like ditching a hefty gym day you planned for every day for a full week — skip it. If your mind feels like you want that second margarita — have it. If you are semi-looking forward to a running hiatus once you get this next race in the books — that’s okay.
Life is short, and we are all self-proclaimed somethings. So if for 3 months you are rocking it, killing it, and the epitome of what you’ve always wanted to be, then suddenly hit a wall and want to switch gears, go for it and try that old-lady dance-swimming class (#sorrynotsorry), or the Zumba class where you’ll look like a fool but totally love it, or the couch potato you’ve secretly wanted to be for a full week, go for it! Let yourself BE THE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO BE and be okay with the feeling that it gives you.