I like to be an organized person. Sometimes I’m really on it. Like color coding and everything. This is evident not just in my every day life, but also when it comes to planning my workouts.
Of course, like everyone else, there are times when I forget to write anything down. Whoops. And when that happens, my workouts suffer.
But, for my training I’ve always used Google Spreadsheets for my training plans. I keep them all in a folder so when I go to train for my next race, I can see what worked and what didn’t as far as scheduling and workouts go.
I like to have my workouts planned a week in advance. Having a spreadsheet, if I’m in active training (which I will be as of next week for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler/Zooma Half marathon there will be about 4 weeks of over lap), and writing them out holds me accountable and keeps me on track.
Recently in a job interview, I was asked if I use a paper planner or a digital calendar. I use both. Adam and I use google calendar to locate one another, see where we need to be together – appointments, parties those types of things. I use my paper planner to plan a large part of my day – deadlines (also on google calendar so he knows when I need time to get work done), bills to be paid (also on google calendar), and play dates. But I also add my workouts in to my paper planner. (This year, I’m using this one).
I find that this helps me in a few ways…
Planning ahead of time means I’m less likely to crap out on a workout. Saying I’m going to go to Barre/spinning/walking or running at X time, means it’s scheduled and it’s in my day. If I just say “okay 3 mile run” and I don’t know when it’s going to fit in, then I’m more likely to skip it.
Color coding my workouts in my spreadsheet shows me how accountable I’ve been. If I miss a workout, I generally say why. I set monthly goals for myself (January was to workout 3-5 times per week – success!) and each week I can see how I’m tracking towards those goals.
Being organized and knowing ahead of time, means I’ve set myself up for success. If I know I have a meeting on a Tuesday or Thursday I either plan a morning workout or a rest day.
For my training plans, I don’t go by day, I usually set up 3-5 workouts per week and then schedule them in my paper planner. Plans change, baby gets cranky, husband has class so scheduling is sometimes a bit easier said than done. When I’m training I’m a little more lax as far as “I MUST DO MY LONG RUN ON SATURDAY” and don’t keep workouts numbered and write them down in my planner.
Granted, all of this is going to be challenged (not just training) once I go back to work next week, but I know for a fact that I’m happier when I workout regularly, even if it’s just a short 2 mile run, finding the time either early in the morning or in the evenings after bedtime is going to be key for me.
We all know the rule: failing to plan is planning to fail.
How do you plan your workouts? Are you a planner or fly by the seat of your pants last minute workout goer?