Some workouts feel like a series of regrouping efforts. Some workouts I spend a lot of time in this position, counting backwards from 3 or 5 or even 10, willing myself to resume when I get to 1. 

3,2,1… Go. This is my recovery position.

3,2,1… Go. This is my recovery position.

When I ran track in high school there was this hot shot runner guy who was a grade older than me. He was cute and kind of a jerk (totally my type 🤷‍♀️) and he said something to me at practice one day I’ll never forget. After a runner interval, I was hunched over, hands in my knees, trying to catch my breath, and he yelled at me, “Stand up! You need to stand up like this if you want to be able to breathe” as he stood there with no shirt and his six pack and with his hands behind his head. 

So I stood like that when I was finished running, especially when he was around, because I wanted to do it right. Even though collapsing forward helped me catch my breath faster than raising my arms over my head. 

These days I don’t care too much about doing things “right” in general. I care about doing things that are right for me. That’s cool if it works for you, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work for me. Even if you’re a hot shot track star. 

The takeaway of this little high school flashback is this: 

Trial and error is the only way to figure out what works for you. Like for me figuring out that bending over and counting backwards is how I regroup the best during a workout. 

Are you focusing on doing things RIGHT or doing what’s right for YOU?