Consistency – what happens when things go wrong?

Last week, I posted about the importance of consistency.

But last month, I posted about the importance of taking time off when your health is at risk.

How do these ideas reconcile? Let’s use me as an example.

The day before my post about consistency went up, I was running on a rugged trail that happened to be covered by fallen leaves. During the run, I stepped on a covered rock and twisted my ankle pretty badly.

Some might say I should push through in order to maintain consistency. However, what would that have led to? Weeks, maybe months, of less than 100% health and less than 100% effective training? Possibly letting the ankle get worse, requiring weeks off to let it recover?

Instead, I took two days off of running, one day of testing the ankle and transitioning back into running, and since then I’ve been back on the original training schedule. No lingering soreness, the ankle is back to 100%.

By placing health first and being willing to take a couple of days off, the interruption to my training was just 3 days. Had I not placed my health first, the likely interruption would have been weeks, if not months.

That’s how you achieve consistency by placing your health first. That’s how you reconcile these topics. An occasional short term inconsistency leads to long term consistency.

Now, I’ll be working on consistency by not putting myself back in the situation I put myself in to twist the ankle in the first place.

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