I don’t know about you but I’m finding training in second Lockdown harder. During the first lockdown I did something almost every day, some days it may have only been a 10 minute run but I moved; I did Zoom classes, ran, walked, lifted, albeit limited, weights I had and used by body weight as resistance.
We’ve been in lockdown 2 for 11 days and so far I’ve run a total of 10km across four separate runs and that’s it. I actually struggled with my training when gyms re-opened. Having got into a groove at home I found making the transition back to working in the office and training around that hard. After teaching for around 8 weeks I’d just started to feel like I was getting back into some kind of routine again and bam – back into lockdown we went. My brain has literally and inexplicably decided it cannot be bothered, I’ve spent the last week kicking myself about why I’ve been so lazy when I know that training would make me feel better.
What I’ve realised over the last couple of days however, is that we are learning to react to constantly changing situations at the moment, with a great deal of uncertainty about what we will and won’t be able to do when. If that occasionally means that I have a week or two where not much gets done that’s ok, I can always get back to it. Training should be something done because we enjoy it, it makes us feel good not because we think we must. It of course was going to be harder this time round, as the weather and darker evenings make training outside much harder and less appealing, so this second Lockdown I’m adjusting my expectations of myself. When I do get back to training I’m sure it will feel all the better for doing it because I want to and not because I’m forcing myself out of a sense of obligation.