I took career assessment tests, Myers-Briggs and personality tests a number of times for classes and jobs when I was in high school and college. There were a lot of questions on all of the tests asking questions about spontaneity vs. planning (Judging v. Perception in Myers-Briggs nomenclature).

I always thought of myself as spontaneous and flexible, so I answered the questions as such.

These days I think about those tests and how I actually function and while I am flexible to a point, I much prefer a certain level of structure and routine to my life.

Back when I was doing Couch to 5k, I had planned to run a 5k, a 10k, hopefully sometime do a triathlon. But I focused on the training and kept trying to bring my times down. Structure. Routine. I never actually entered a race before I hurt my knee — despite running at least 5k four times a week.

In stark contrast, my husband signed up for a 5k a mere week in advance, went out and ran it. No focused training, just went out and did it.

I never would have done that and I think I am the worse for it.

Do What You Like

I’ve been thinking about this article that my friend Shannon shared a couple of weeks ago.

From the article:

The fittest people I know keep active daily doing what they enjoy

My brain translated this to, “DO what you enjoy.”

And so I have been thinking. I have been exercising regularly and for lengthy periods of time. I am seeing changes in my demeanor and clothing fit, but not on the scale. I am generally okay with that — as long as I am continuing to exercise (I am).

I’m one of those strange people who enjoys exercising. I enjoy working out, I enjoy being active, I enjoy all of that. You would never guess that from looking at me. I love to play (almost) all sports. So, why aren’t I playing them NOW?

Part of it is being out of shape means I don’t want to join a team and be the weakest link. Part of it is my career. Part of it is fear, especially since my knee injury.

The past week I’ve been thinking about mountain biking. I used to mountain bike, right after I graduated from college. The bike was a HUGE splurge for me, I bought it as a present for myself after I graduated. I biked for years in the GA mountains and then out here in WA. I bike commuted back in VA, and then put the bike on a trainer when I was rehabbing my knee.

Now I’m back in WA and have miles of fairly easy trail near the house (I walk the dogs here a couple of times a week). I think I should get back to something I love — mountain biking — and see how it goes.