My name is Vanessa and I have obsessive compulsive disorder. You wouldn’t know it by my alphabetized DVD collection, my color-coded binder at work, my receipt collection organized by date and store, or my excessive use of the following items: post its, multicolored highlighters, cleaning supplies, Ziploc bags, storage bins, and hand sanitizer. But yes, it’s true: I am only slightly OCD. This “attention to detail” transfers over into any form of athletic training that I attempt. I can’t just write a few work outs on to my calendar. I have to create an excessively obnoxious color-coded schedule. Here are the reasons why I couldn’t just suck it up and use a normal half marathon training schedule like everyone else:
1. I want a color-coded system so I can easily glance at the calendar and figure out what my work out is.
2. I have boy handwriting and therefore need to type out everything. My addiction to typing is probably related to my handwriting problem but that’s a discussion for another day.
3. Sometimes my schedule changes and I need to change my training schedule accordingly. I need a way to rearrange my schedule to accommodate my social or work plans.
4. I want a pretty and attractive schedule so that I can keep it out in plain view for quick access. If it’s too ugly, I’ll end up hiding it and ignoring it.
5. I have an obsession with Microsoft Excel because I have an obsession with organization and data analysis (*nerd alert*). For example, I don’t want to increase my mileage more than 10% per week so an Excel spreadsheet helps me keep track of this type of information.
My mission: Type up a plan in Excel that can be transferred to multicolored post it notes which can be arranged and rearranged on a fun and attractive calendar. Mission accepted. Stay tuned for Part Two on Friday!