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.