So I've been thinking about all the things I WOULD actually accomplish if I had a schedule. Because remember when I was working 14-hour days 5 days a week at DR Photo? I would come home, run 5 miles, then do some strength weight training, then knit, and then watch some T.V. after doing dishes, making good food, and showering. On my off-run days, I would BIKE uphill over an hour to my personal trainer for an hour of grueling weight training, BIKE back, and had a similar home routine. I think about that now in 5 hours of winter daylight without a steady schedule to base it around and my head explodes. Instead, jobless Lauren is a lethargic zombie who is too stressed out to even spend outdoor time with my Benedict meowsers.
And here is what I was thinking about. It's simple and not unlike what I was doing before:
Tuesday - Run day. So after work, I hit the trails if it's daylight, or if it's warm enough, fuck it, bring the headlamp for night time adventure run. Tuesdays mean either Tempo run or maybe a steady run with speed intervals at the end. Probably 11-12 miles. Stretch. Come home and maybe do an extended stretch after some sugar reloading and an ice bath (hooray! Not). Running that distance would probably take me 2.5 hours, so after all that, I need to make leftovers and possibly crash out pretty soon.
Wednesday - Work work work. This day is a nice easy weight training day. 30 -45 min tops. I want sort of a break. I could even do 20 min and be happy. Probably very core related. Daily pushups and pullups afterward of course. If leftovers are low or maybe I'm bored, I could make more food to last through tomorrow or pull out some salad time. Mmmm
Thursday - Run day. After work it's a shorter interval run, fartlek, or possibly easy steady run. Maybe 8-10 miles. Maybe if I'm tired, just 5 miles. Let's not think about the winter times. Or maybe if it's light out, I could do hill sprints. Hopefully it's 1.5 hours tops. Then it's stretch, ice bath, extended stretch, dinner, and maybe because tomorrow is Friday, I'll feel spunky and watch a movie as I knit.
Friday - After work, I get a day off if I want. Not for pushups and pullups though. And most likely I could use a relaxing or possibly power yoga session. 40-60 minutes. It's Friday though, which means I'll be up late on my computer playing games, reading about the latest research done in Astrophysics, and hopefully contributing positively somewhere. Learning math, physics, etc, bettering myself. There could be a college lecture going on or I could take my telescope out and look for the latest comet through the night sky. Maybe I'll get ready for a weekend camping/trail running trip, or even leave that night.
Saturday - My long run day. Maybe 15 miles. Maybe 30 miles. Who knows what the latest race I'm training for is. Serious stretching and core work after. Could take 5 hours, could take all day. If I have daylight after, I'll hit up my local coffee shop and do some work on the computer. And then play around on Reddit. And then research where I want my career to go or if there are job opportunities in Paris. Maybe I'll look into more school and see if I can fit that in my Mon/Wed/Fri schedule. Weekend classes? If I used up all my daylight running, then it's heading to a different coffee shop perhaps. Or a quiet hipster bar. Or meeting friends for drinks. Or maybe more "better myself" time. Or enjoying my camping trip.
Sunday - Recovery run. Short and sweet. This would be a day for cleaning up around the house, the stuff I don't touch every day, like dusting, bathtub, mopping, organizing, cleaning sheets, maybe other laundry, detailing my car. And in between I might be doing more research, work, homework, playing on my Playstation, reading, doing cool errands with Benedict. Food prep for the week. Or, again, enjoying my weekend camping trip - or not enjoying it and driving home instead.
I think every morning I'd wake up early enough to do at least 30 minutes of reading. I'd like to finish a book every week minimum. Improve my vocabulary. I would like to train or spend 30-60 minutes just on Benedict too, outside preferably, maybe in my garden or doing some sort of crafty thing and play with him simultaneously. I'd also like to knit every day and keep up with my Etsy. I keep wanting to knit more but find it difficult with Benedict and it's also part of the Jake stress where I feel like I'm not being productive enough and will be judged.
I guess I've just been thinking too much lately.