What Happens When You Fall Off Your Training Plan Schedule
This week, work got in the way of RUN 10 FEED 10 training for Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee — here’s the lesson she learned in the process.
By Ginger Zee
I work split shifts at ABC: I get up at 3:30 a.m. to work on Good Morning America until 10 a.m. or later, then I head to our uptown studios for ABC World News from 3 to 7 p.m. Sometimes the only way to get a workout in is to do one between shows.
This past week, I did my Sunday run, then worked a full 15 hours straight on Monday (thing is, it doesn’t always become a split shift, but more of a really long day). I did yoga on Tuesday. By Friday I had had two other marathon workdays and hadn’t worked out at all. This was not part of the big plan. I felt so frustrated and disappointed in myself. So when I had a free half hour on Friday afternoon between shows, I sprinted—I ran two miles as fast as I could.
The next day, I hurt. My injury flared up and I realized how irresponsible that was. No warm-up, just an angry and spiteful run.
I was back on my training plan Saturday and did a full-body, low-impact workout with Mark. On Sunday I went for a 10-mile bike ride. Thankfully my leg felt better.
What this week has taught me is that work gets in the way, but I need to plan better. I have to put training first after my job commitments. It’s also important for me to remember that rest is sometimes more important than a workout.
I know so many of you face the same time struggles—and balance a family. I don’t know how you do it! I do know that we are all fortunate to even have these “problems”: a job, a family, and the ability to exercise.
It’s a great reminder that this run will be for others. I hope you can join me as we all rally together to help feed people in our own communities at RUN 10 FEED 10 on September 21.