Wednesday, September 19, 2018

WWU - Dead Bugs and Live Cows

Workouts: Even though what we do during the group workouts is very challenging, I really am enjoying all aspects of it - from the friendly coaches to the people in my group, as well as the crazy exercises that we do. There is a lot of camaraderie that comes with everyone trying their hardest to get through a workout, and you know how much I like that - being with a group makes exercising really fun for me.  With each workout I am discovering which areas of my body are in need of strengthening...and that would be all of them, no joke.

I have a long way to go, but I had a small victory yesterday when we did a dead bug (where you're on your back with your arms and legs (knees bent) up in the air) - we did this while balancing on a Terra Core, which is a rectangular inflatable thing that wobbles with the slightest movement, thus making you work hard at keeping balanced.  I was only managing to keep all four limbs in the air for just a few seconds the first time I was on it, but when I cycled through the rest of the exercises and did the dead bug again, I was able to balance longer!  This is my first goal at BCS Fitness - to conquer the dead bug on the Terra Core and last for a full minute on it.

Running:  I am really enjoying seeing new PR's on my Garmin now that I've reset it - yes, it's a bit silly to be happy about a new distance record of 3 miles, but hey - I didn't grow up in the trophy generation, so I like seeing this trophy and fireworks, woohoo go me!

As you can see, I am able to run again - I tested my calf out with a very slow 1 mile run last Thursday, and then a slow 3 mile run on Saturday.  I could tell that my calf is still not healed, but I was glad to be running.  However, I ran again on Monday morning and that one didn't go as well.  We were running at a pace that was a minute faster than what we did on Saturday, and my form got off, my left foot was toeing inward while my right side was trying to compensate for a weaker left side and as a result I was running very wonky.  My entire right side from the hip down was sore afterward, which put me in a low mood.  Injuries suck and are such a royal pain to come back from.

I do have one crazy running moment to share with you - during Monday's run, Diane and I headed down the cowdog road.  It was much darker than when we first ran this route, and I saw something moving just a couple hundred feet in front of us - it had a white head and was running and making noise and I think there were others and it scared us enough that we all ABORT, ABORT and we turned around and got back to the more populated road that we normally run on.  I drove over there yesterday to check out that area in the daylight - and to reassure myself that there really is a fence containing the cows, because you sure can't see it in the dark.  I took the picture from where we were when we turned around:
THERE IS NO FENCE.
I REPEAT:  NO. FENCE.

I sent these pictures to Diane and she says there has to have been a fence but in one day it's gone?  I maintain that we could have been trampled by the scary cows and long story short, we won't be running down this road in the dark anytime soon, eeek!

17 comments:

  1. Yay to being able to run again!!!! That is good news indeed!

    I’m with you...I love the comraderie and vibe in group exercise classes! Helps me!!!

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  2. I should not laugh at your cowdog drama but the visuals make me giggle. Seriously though that looks isolated to me and that's a no from me dawg.

    That board sounds interesting! At my gym there was no such board so we did dead bugs by balancing a weighted ball then slowly lowering one leg and the opposite arm (which means you have to keep the ball up with the other leg and arm). Call me uncoordinated but it took me FOREVER to be able to do that. It will be fun for you to see your progress, which I predict is going to happen much faster than you anticipate!

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    1. Yep, the isolated area gets creepy in the dark. We first ran this with Jeff, so it didn't feel so scary, but it's a no for us as well.

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  3. Ok, I spit out my coffee at the term "trophy generation"! LOL! But so true....

    Glad you're getting back to running. But what's up with no fence? Does the farmer not care if his cows leave the farm?

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    1. I have no idea. There had to have been a fence, right? Otherwise, wouldn't we have seen cows wandering down the street?

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  4. LOL, I liked the idea of the dead bug until you said you were on something that made it hard to balance :) Wow, that's weird that those cows were out there without a fence, but its not the first time I've seen cows escape and be on a road!
    Its funny, you get energized by working out in a group, and I get energized by working out alone.

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    1. When we first moved to Texas we saw three cows trotting down the road that we were driving on and I was freaking out, wondering who to call to report escaped cows, LOL. Apparently you actually just call the police. Who knew?

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  5. Glad to hear you're able to run a bit again! And that you weren't stampeded by free-ranging cows :-)

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    1. Seriously, no kidding on the stampede, especially when you are already running - they might take that as code for trample!

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  6. Oh man. How is your leg/foot today? I hope you can still do some slower pace runs and aren't set back!

    Ha, Trophy Generation. Sigh. You can really tell who those folks are. Gold Star Generation too.

    I am so glad to hear about your love for gym and your improvements!!!!

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    1. Leg is better but it's obviously still not quite healed, dang it.

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  7. Perhaps the farmer got one of those underground invisible fences? Do the cows have shock collars on?....lol

    I'd like to see a pic of this inflatable thing you talk about. Go you!

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    1. I don't think an invisible fence would work for land + livestock with the cost factor, but still...where was the fence??

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  8. Your posts make me smile.

    Congrats on running again.

    Hope you don't get trampled by cows in the future.

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    1. Thanks! We've also had a report of another runner seeing feral pigs in that area, so it's just plain too wild for me!

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  9. Texas version of running with the bulls :D

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