Stymied!

Last Friday I had planned to go for a five mile run, but since we were celebrating our anniversary that day and I knew we’d be walking a lot, I decided to forgo the run.  Good thing I did, too, because after hours of walking around the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, my legs were  plumb tuckered out.  Good thing we got to sit down for the Indianapolis Indians game!  The Indians beat the Columbus Clippers, and then there was a fireworks show… just like the fireworks in my heart as I thought of our wedding day ten years ago.  (Oh, sorry.  Was that too sickeningly sweet for you?)

The next day, my legs were still tired, so instead of running to the YMCA like I usually do for my Pilates class, I biked.  It wasn’t as much of a workout as walking, but it was plenty for my tired self.

Sunday I managed a two-mile run.  Monday I took a day off from exercising (though I did mow the yard).  Tuesday I was planning to bike to work, but forecasts of severe thunderstorms changed my mind.  I did manage to make it to the Y for four miles on the elliptical machine, though.  Today it was raining pretty hard when I got up, so no biking to work today either.

I’m having a hard time getting all my exercising in!

On top of all that, I am STILL stuck on week 4 of my 100 push ups plan.  In fact, I had to move myself from the middle track to the easiest track.  I also found out that the 10K I was planning to run next week has been shortened to a 5-mile run due to construction on the Greenway.

I feel stymied at every turn.  I AM still a runner!  I’m just having a hard time living it right now.  But I’m trying to get some exercise in — biking and elliptical machines are still okay.  It’s cross-training, after all.  Plus I plan to go canoeing with friends this weekend, and that will help work my noodle arms.

How are you doing on your workout regimen?

Cross training

In 2009, I ran 451 miles.

I did a little bit of walking and biking, too, but I was mostly focused on running.  And I’m proud of having run over 450 miles in the year.

But I’d really like to do some more cross training.  I still want my main activity to be running, because I really like it.  But I’m up for some other things, too.

The new YMCA is open in my town now.  Having a Y less than two miles from my house helps eliminate at least one of my excuses, that being that the Y is so far away.  (The next closest Y is a whole SIX MILES from my house.  Yes, it’s silly that such a distance would actually keep me from working out, but sometimes it does.)  It also enables me to be a wimp and not work out in the cold as much.  But, I could actually run to the Y, do a workout, and run back.  It would give me maybe a three mile run in the fresh air in addition to whatever workout I did there.

On the day of its grand opening, I drove there (because it was something like 14 degrees and snowing, and I was feeling wimpy).  I ran three miles on the treadmill.  Meanwhile, a spin class was going on in the same room.  I watched them working out and they could watch me working out.  It was a little bit strange, because we were practically facing each other and it was easy to watch one another.  But it wasn’t really that awkward.  Mostly, I was looking at the televisions on the wall and otherwise checking out the new facility as much as I could without falling off the belt.  And it made me think that maybe I’ll take a spin class someday.  It also made me realize I’d better get there early because even for a class at 8:00 in the morning on the first day the facility was open, all the bikes were filled.

After my run, I took a Pilates class.  I’d never taken Pilates before, but I had heard that it was good for your core muscles.  I’d really like to do more to strengthen my core because I think it will help reduce the SI joint pain I’ve had over the past year.  If your back is already strong, then it’s less likely to be injured.  So I took this Pilates class, and at first I thought, “Oh, this is no big deal.  I can do these moves without modifying them to make them easier.”  And throughout the class, I could do them without modification for the most part.  By the end of the hour, I was modifying a bit.  And the next morning, I was really sore.  Just sneezing made my abs cry out in pain.  It was hard to roll over in bed.

It was awesome.

I definitely want to do it again next week.

There aren’t a lot of other group exercise classes at the Y that I can fit into my schedule, especially if I want to keep running as my focus.  But Pilates is definitely on my list, and maybe an occasional spin class — or at least some stationary bike work while I’m there.  And I’ll be checking out the weight machines, too, so that my little noodle arms will perhaps not be so noodley.

I think I’ll enjoy cross training.  It will add variety and strengthen my body more completely.

But I’m still a runner.  That’s for sure.

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