Friday, April 12, 2013
All Those Other Things
Where I really fall down is strength training. I used to love strength training and hate cardio. Apparently I can only commit fully to one form of exercise. I know that strength training will make me a stronger runner, prevent injury, and is generally beneficial especially with a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Osteoporosis. Oh yeah, I come from a family of health nuts, in case you could not tell. I don't make it a priority. I used to think I needed to set aside like a concentrated 30 minutes to do a full circuit. Now I am trying something new. I am trying to just do a few moves in the afternoon after work while I watch TV. Just a couple days a week. Mostly using my own body as resistance. I do push ups, sit ups, planks, squats, one leg dead lifts, lower ab exercises. I realized that I could not regularly make the mental commitment for that structured half hour circuit so I would do nothing. I can say "hey commercial break get off your butt and give me twenty." I will see how this works. I know my runs are always better when I do strength training, so maybe this will be a good compromise. I know it is all about the attitude. It was good to have a week that showed that the effort to do these things is worth it.
I have the ATC Spring has Sprung 8K Race tomorrow. It should be fun. It is my first race in a month, since the Women's 5K was called due to weather. I don't know how ready I am to really race, since I am still recovering from Bronchitis, but just being out with everyone will be fun. Plus running somewhere else is always a refreshing change of pace.