Wednesday, April 22, 2020

WWU - Cardio is Hardio

You guys, going from no cardio to trying to run a little bit is killing me.  My cardio is horrible and while it may be improving each time I run, it's in teeny-tiny increments that are barely noticeable.  This is what happens when you don't get to work out for a year.

I'm permanently banned from doing any jumping activities thanks to my delicate back - OK I am calling it delicate but after what I went through with nerve pain from my herniated disc, it feels like I'm only one wrong move from another herniation.  So I  can't do things like jump rope or burpees (yay to THAT), and after tearing my calf muscle nearly two years ago doing mountain climbers, explosive movements like that are also out.  Basically exercise, while good for you, is bad for me, haha.

My gym is doing online Zoom workouts but I can't get into them.  I think because I wasn't going to the gym (I was set to go back March 16 but we all know what happened to delay that), I'm just not motivated to do anything without my group and coaches in person.  Yes that's an excuse but it's where I am.

Thanks to all the walking we've been doing, my leg muscles are getting stronger, and I'm glad I had that base before I started running again.  But dang, not being able to control my breathing during my running intervals makes it tough.  After struggling through 30:30 intervals (walk for 30 seconds, then run for 30 seconds) for a week, I decided to try walking for one minute followed by running for 30 seconds for the first half of the mile run before switching to 30:30 intervals, just to give myself more lung recovery time.  It has helped, but it's also hard to know that I can't get more running done without a longer break.

That said, I had my best run to date on Saturday - maybe because it was dark, maybe because I was finally somewhere different than my neighborhood, maybe because it was kinda cold - I don't know.  But I ran my 30:30 intervals without feeling like I was dying halfway through, and even at the end I felt good.  Now, it was about a minute slower than my previous runs but I'll take it - getting faster will be a little easier once I can, you know, actually RUN.

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Random, but heartwarming:  While walking our big neighborhood loop, we saw the UPS truck and waved to the driver.  He said "aren't you Miss Shelley from the Arts Council?"  I left that job nearly 10 years ago!  I remembered him but of all the stops he makes, I thought it was really nice that he remembered me.  And then a few days later while we were running, he drove past, beeped his horn, and stuck his hand out to wave - cool!  

I haven't seen my fellow Renegades in what feels like forever, but one Saturday, we did a Zoom (had a Zoom?  I don't know how to phrase it) video chat, which was fun.  We also got to see all of the Renegade kids and babies, ahhh.  Logan was eating his beloved pumpkin bread while Mason had a bagel, complete with a cream cheese face.  They are so cute!

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Welp, that's all the news that's fit to print...er, blog.  Hopefully I'll be able to show some improvement with my running for my next Wednesday Workout Update!

16 comments:

  1. Hooray for small increment! It truly doesn't matter how long it takes, your pace, or any of that nonsense. You are moving and THAT is what counts.

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  2. NIce job Shelley!!! It's tough to return to running after a long time off--and after what you went through, I'm sure it's going too take a while to get back to form. Just be patient with yourself. it will come.

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    1. Form is challenging, especially because my PT told me to tuck my tail when I started running again and that is hard to remember to do on top of actually running. I feel better when I do it, though.

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  3. I am so glad to read you had a good run! That was smart to give your lungs more time to recover with the 1:00/:30 intervals too. Were you able to start your running intervals off a bit slower (I think in the last post you said you were going too fast).

    That is so fun the UPS driver remembered you! And that you had a Zoom call with the Renegades. I really like the Zoom platform!

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    1. I did - I had a couple of runs that were quite a bit slower but I sure felt better during the run so the trade-off was worth it.

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  4. I'm so happy to hear that you're getting back to running! I know how hard it is and how it feels like it'll take forever to get back to your old fitness level, but ANY movement and cardio is so good for you!!!

    I don't think you're alone in not feeling the Zoom/online workouts. A lot of people I know who were religiously at the gym every day haven't worked out even once since this whole thing started. I've been sticking with my routine, but mostly because I need the break from work each day (and also because I'm still paying for my gym membership). It's nice to have the online option, but I know it's definitely not the same!

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    1. You are right, anything is better than nothing. It's hard to remember how decently I was doing before my back imploded.

      Glad to hear you're not into the Zoom workouts much, either. It feels silly to not do them but I just don't want to, LOL.

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  5. How nice that the UPS driver recognized you!! You know, its sad, but I huff and puff just walking up and down the hills around here. I sure will be glad when my gym re-opens! Then I will only have to walk 3 days a week!

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    1. Well, your hills are HILLS! Remember in January, when I had to stop halfway up the hill walking around Barbara's house? And I was only walking! Are you walking every day now?

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  6. I believe the past tense of Zoom should be Zam (rhymes with "bam")... Here's my logic: If something goes Boom!, after the fact, you can say that it went "Bam!" Accordingly, if you are on a Zoom, later you can say that you had a Zam. Or if you are using UK-English, I believe the past tense of Zoom is Zang. You're welcome.

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  7. Good on you for tweaking things to fit where you are NOW in your running, not getting hung up on where you were or where you're eventually going to be. Doing something rather than nothing is the key, in my mind - it keeps you active and maintains that "I find time for intentional physical activity to take care of myself" mindset that can be so important. Right now I am in the middle of a PF flare-up and am missing on the gym/pool so much, but I have been walking instead of running every day, and am grateful for the forward momentum and the mental therapy.
    And thank goodness for Zoom! It is a bright spot in these trying times, to be able to connect with our peeps. We're scheduled for our 2nd "Whine & Wine" session with 2 other couples this weekend, and I am SO looking forward to it!

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    1. Sorry about your PT flare - that is such a painfully annoying thing to deal with. And yes, it would be so easy to stay inside the house but I feel much better after I've been out on a walk/run, for sure.

      Whine and Wine - that is too funny!

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  8. Slow and steady - any movement is great progress!

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