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.
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 the 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.)
- 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.