I am consistently inconsistent

So I haven’t posted in a while…and I haven’t gone running in a while. I could make probably 17 different excuses, but none of them are particularly interesting, so I’ll refrain. But it’s been a hard lesson to learn, because now that I’m back at it, it’s less like starting back up and more like starting over. What would have been ridiculously easy for me a month ago is now shamefully hard: I am winded and lethargic and even whinier than usual.

How running with my boyfriend has felt the past few weeks.
How running with my boyfriend has felt the past few weeks.

Getting back into the swings of things hasn’t been as simple as I would have thought, so I’m working on a few different ways to build up my endurance again. I also have to address the source of the problem, which is not having a ton of time to devote to the gym or ┬áthe trail. This is what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Sprint ladders (I love/hate them. I’ve been doing 20-second sprints with varying amounts of rest in between, from 10s to 1 min and then back down to 10s. I think I might try doing a 10-second sprint variation to really force myself to go all out to almost-puke levels, but there are plenty of other options besides sprinting on a track or a treadmill. It’s a little counterintuitive but sprinting actually helps increase your distance pace, so that’s a plus! And no matter what evolutionary biologists say, sprinting feels more natural to me than distance running!)
  • Gym classes (I took a Zumba class at the gym today, which basically combines different forms of dance and some minor stretching in a cardiovascular test of rhythm and endurance. Turns out, my not inconsequential hip and butt endowments did not imbibe me with any rhythmic abilities, and I still sort of look like an epileptic string bean (see below). The down side of something like Zumba is that I think I’d have to do it more than one time to really derive any enjoyment out of it. I spent the majority of the class blindly following the instructor’s movements without regard to form or my stringbeaniness, which could–for someone as uncoordinated as me–be a recipe for disaster.)

    Bonus points to anyone who can identity what this image is from. As a child from the 80s, I knew instantly.
    Bonus points to anyone who can identity what this image is from. As a child from the 80s, I knew instantly.
  • Running at work (I just found a running group at work that runs 2 mi/5 km self-timed races every third Tuesday of the month. That’s awesome, but for those of us with shit commutes, the prospect of sitting at a desk and then sitting in the car is naturally paired with sitting on the couch. I am literally so exhausted from sitting all day long that all I want to do is sit more. But we must not let the laziness set in! I’m starting to bring my running shoes to work, so now, if I finish and it’s still peak commute time, I kill an hour or so doing a run AND STRETCH and then I can sit foooooreeeeeveeeeerrrrrrrrr in traffic or on the couch.)

I would love to know if anyone else has suggestions for fitting in a good run into your busy day! In the future, I’ll try to be less consistently inconsistent about my posting schedule.

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