I have thought about this a lot lately and reading a post on Holly’s page made me think about it even more. Yesterday, walking through the gym, I looked at the treadmill and kept going. It isn’t like I’m giving up running per se. I do love to do a normal, 40 minutes jog as a workout. When my body is craving it or I am limited in what else I can do (on travel, etc), I love doing it. I love it for it’s simplicity but I am so happy not to be trying to add on mileage or push myself. I could run right now. I am perfectly able to. But I’m not. Running still hurts my knee, I’m a fool for saying it doesn’t. Can I push through it, yes. Does it take a lot of extra effort to stretch it enough, ice it, etc, yes. Is it worth it? I don’t know.
Don’t worry–I’m not giving up running. Those 5K’s are still a fun activity to do. Justin and I are thinking about doing some triathlons again this spring. But to just run and to really add up mileage? I don’t think it is for me anymore.
Who would have thought I’d say this?
My friend Andrew (I know you are reading this Andrew) went through this same thing a few years ago and I was SHOCKED and confused. This was a guy who was a runner all through high school and even ran competitively in college. But he kept having issues with his legs that lead to a couple surgeries and then he gave it up. He hikes, he bikes, he is still plenty active, but he quit running for the most part. And I couldn’t understand how or why someone could do that. I always got such mental clarity out of it and well…it was the most caloric bang for your buck…so I just couldn’t imagine turning my back on it.
But at last, I think my true running days are behind me. It was fun while it lasted but I can think of plenty of other things I enjoy just as much that seem to treat my body a lot better. That and running wasn’t really a challenge anymore. I knew I could push my body to do XYZ….all it did was frustrate me when it didn’t respond like I expected. Never was I really amazed or surprised by what I could achieve running anymore.
And wow, I didn’t expect all that to come out. I do kind of feel like I’ve been cheating on running with swimming and I finally came to the decision to break up with running. Right now it is swimming, but in no time it could be yoga, hiking, cycling, you name it. I just don’t think I really need to be exclusively a runner or someone that tracks weekly miles anymore. It is like running is that bad boyfriend that only brings you down or doesn’t make you feel that great about yourself anymore…but you keep going back. Well I think I’ve finally said No More to him. Long distance running, at least for me, isn’t the most healthy way for me to treat my body and I have finally come to accept that.
Anyway, on to the eats and sweating.
I hit the gym after work yesterday and got in a short lifting session:
*Lunges with 2 10lb weights–2 sets of 10 per leg
*Side lunges with 7.5lb weights–2 sets of 10 per leg
*Squats with 45lb barbell–2 sets of 10
*Tricep pulldowns on cable machine–22.5lbs for 3 sets of 10 reps
*Biceps curls on cable–17.5lbs for 3 sets of 10 reps
*Tricep pullovers on cable–20.5lbs for 3 sets of 10 reps
*Single arm bicep rows on cable-15lbs per arm for 3 sets of 10 reps
Then I went and hopped on the elliptical and did 40 minutes at a fairly good pace.
I was eating solo last night because Justin’s on travel. I got this meal from Cooking Light and it was great. I would definitely make it again. SO EASY! Bell Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Couscous which I served with a side salad.
Loving those beets!
And for ~~400 calories, this couscous meal was fabulous. Huge, filling and comforting!
I had a little piece of frozen apple pie bar (don’t worry, I only had a small hunk. These things are terrible for you! I went and analyzed the recipe (there was so much butter in them that I just had to know!) These have 246 calories per bar with 14.6g of FAT(!!!) per bar. I had half of a bar last night, so a perfect dessert size. Still for the size and it having 123 calories, there isn’t much bang for your buck (except that they taste INCREDIBLE!)
It was quite good.
Oats. I swam this morning (details to follow) and I almost always need warm oats after swimming, otherwise I am a bottomless pit all morning.
These oats were terrible. I don’t know what happened. I still ate them. 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of unsweetened plain almond milk, 1 large frozen banana, 1T of almond butter and some cinnamon. It was blah.
I got this idea from my Women’s Health magazine and I would say it was a success. 2 slices of homemade wheat bread, one spread with 1T of almond butter, then some baked tofu, carrots and lettuce.
All closed up
I toasted it up and it was quite good.
along with an orange
It is a coconut afternoon. Afternoon snack–frozen yogurt.
Haven’t tried this flavor, kind of excited.
This morning I woke up and headed to the gym and swam. I just kind of made up the workout as I went:
Time: 39:00 Distance: 1900m
Warm up 2 x 100m Freestyle Swim (even pace), rest 0:15 / 100m
Build up 1 x 150m pull with paddles and pull buoy rest 0:20 1 x 150m kick with fins and board, rest 0:20
Core 1 x 300m Freestyle Swim, rest 0:30 1 x 100m Freestyle Swim with paddles and pull buoy, rest 0:20 1 x 300m Freestyle Swim, rest 0:30 1 x 100m kick with fins and board, rest 0:20 1 x 300m Freestyle Swim, rest 0:30 1 x 100m Freestyle Swim with paddles and pull buoy, rest 0:20
Warm down 2 x 100m Freestyle Push & Glide, rest 0:20 / 100m
I felt great being done with my cardio by 7AM. Looking forward to yoga tonight. Got my flu shot today (not H1N1), hopefully it’ll keep me flu-free.