Getting back to the routine

It is that time of year again: the days are getting shorter and the air seems a bit cooler. All the stores are transitioning to “Fall” and the first signs of Halloween and Christmas are slowly sneaking their way into stores. It is time for Fall, or in my world, time for back to school. One would think that a teacher would not enjoy the end of a vacation, I eagerly welcome the start of school. Although part of the reason why I don’t mind summer ending is because I finally start earning a pay cheque again, another big reason is getting back to a routine.

Summer can be chaotic with all the trips, events and in this years case, no daycare. Some people might like the lack of organization in a day, but for me it makes me feel more scattered. As of next week, Max is back at daycare/pre-school and in two weeks I head back to work (hopefully). Things will be going back to normal. One aspect of my day-to-day life that is always a bit muddled in the summer time is working out. When I’m at school, I have a pretty much set schedule of when I go running or head to gym (usually after school on Monday/Wednesdays). So far this summer, I have been going to GoodLife Fitness at various times, mostly to related to whenever Jump! is open (the gym’s daycare).  Once I get back to regular school hours, I look forward to heading back to the 3:30pm crew.

Getting back to the gym will start to be even more crucial when I resume training in a week or two. Right now, the plan is to start a very heavily modified training plan next week, 8 weeks out from STWM half marathon. For the first two weeks, I will be only running a teeny tiny bit, focusing more of my attention on the stationary bike for cardio rather than full out running. My leg issue is getting better, but still there. It is going to take some time to get imaging done and to see the sports doc at Carleton U. A couple of GoodLife locations do have pools, so hopefully I can make it out for some pool running as well.

The rest of training will include regular, weekly visits to the gym for strength and cross training. For me, my routine is going to the gym after school for about an hour or so. Sometimes at the end of the day, I just want to unwind by running a few KM on the treadmill, or cycling up a storm on the bike while listening to Metallica. When I do go to GoodLife after work, I find that it helps re-energize me. Over the past year, I have dramatically cut my coffee intake. I used to drink anywhere from 2-4 cups a day. Now, it is almost standard to only have my one cup in the morning. Getting out there and being active has definitely helped me kick the caffeine habit. Having a routine and being healthy usually makes for a less-stressed me.

Although I will probably be very busy as soon as September arrives, I am looking forward to it. The Fall of 2015 has many things going for it. So bring on the changing colour of the leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything and the Fall racing season; I am ready for you!

This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own


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