Secrets to simplifying your R&R life
|October 5, 2015||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
*R&R sadly does not mean rest and relaxation….it means Ridin’ and Runnin’. As opposed to my other 2 favorite R’s: Reading and ‘Riting.
1. Like the linked blogger I don’t fold my riding or running clothes. I’ve done bins in the past, but what is working really well right now is using drawer dividers in my big ole dresser drawers to separate riding pants, running shorts, running tights, long sleeve shirts etc. They are contained, visible, and even though they aren’t folded they are neat. Something fairly important to my neurotic tendencies.
2. Keep a spare set of riding and running clothes in your trunk. No kidding, I’ve actually driven past trail heads and realized I had an hour to spare and took off exploring. Or I realized through some schedule glitch I have an extra 45 min between the time of “got off work” and “need to be home” and there’s time to go by the stable…as long as I don’t have to go home first.
3. If you are like me, you can’t/won’t run every day for a variety of reasons (I tend to get injured) so integrating running as a daily habit can be difficult. How much more simple if you had dedicated time EVERY DAY that you devoted to running? The solution is to make a habit of walking every day and wearing running clothes, and turning some of those walks into runs.
4. On the riding side of developing a habit, talk yourself into going to the stable for “just one simple thing” every day. “Just to pick feet”. “Just to check the supplement level in the tub”. “Just to untangle manes”. And then see how much time and energy you have.
4. Don’t just save your running and riding clothes for running and riding. You do own riding/running clothes that make you feel good right? Why would you want to wear anything else in your down time? Often the lack of needing to change clothes for a ride or a run simplifies the run or ride enough that it pushes me to actually DO instead of just PLAN. BTW I do suggest you save a special treat for when you do go riding or running that you don’t allow yourself ANY OTHER TIME. For running, that is wearing my deliciously comfortable running socks and listening to my favorite podcasts. For riding? I’m not sure. Pretty sure linking my ice cream habit to riding time if probably a good idea.
6. Don’t fight your environment or natural tendencies. All it does is use up your willpower. Find a way around them. I’m not a get up and run in the mornings person. I’m just NOT. Even when I try to employ the power of auto-decisions. The basic “simplify tip” is: Get up one hour earlier (which is also something the linked blogger suggests). However, for me instead of using that hour for running or riding, I get up with the promise of guilt free blog reading or writing time. Or catching up on facebook. The trick is to treat that hour like money in the bank and preserve it for spending later in the day.
7. Reduce running/riding to its bare essentials regularly and evaluate complicated routines critically. Dedicate a day a week or a week a month to reducing riding or running down to its bare essentials. No plans, no schedules, no target miles or paces.. Decide what level of complexity beyond that is making the sport more enjoyable, and what is taking away the enjoyment. Adjust accordingly. Given two equal choices, choose the more convenient and simple one. Seems obvious, but sometimes I look back on routines that give me marginal to no benefit that I’ve chosen the more complicated option because of pride, wanting to save a couple of bucks, or some other silly reason that some how mattered more in that moment then simplicity….but in the long-term is hurting me because now I’m NOT doing it at all because I’m overwhelmed.
8. Auto-schedule as much as possible. Whether it’s the delivery of supplements, scheduling trimmer/farrier appointments, or scheduling the next vet routine care appointment at the end of the current one.
9. Make your saddle as impulse friendly as possible. Covered stirrups and full fleece means no special shoe or pant requirements. Riding is simply driving to the stable and hopping on the horse.
10. Spend the time to organize your gear. At home I don’t have to rummage through cupboards and huge bins to find the water bottle I want – that giant bin is full of smaller bins that organize bottles and lids and packs. I utilize bento boxes for small items. I keep a plastic bin in the food cupboard filled with saddle and trail appropriate food/snacks/fuel. At the stable I have 2 full sets of tack that are different colors. One color is kept in the trailer, the other set is kept in the tack room. I’ve put away tack, blankets, and pads that I use very rarely into storage bins so they aren’t cluttering up the tack room and making it harder to access what I do use on a daily basis. I can quickly grab what I need and go.
Bonus tip: Don’t work or have kids…just kidding. Kinda.
What are you tips for simplifying the process of running or riding?