Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cross Training

This week I've taken to running again. My heel is feeling pretty good and isn't all inflamed, so I thought I'd get back on the proverbial horse. Yesterday I ran for 2.5 miles and even tried to brave the nasty hill. As I kept running and running towards the hill I was considering running up it and here was my thought process:

Me: I'm almost at the hill. If I run up the hill and keep going I will have run an entire 3 miles. Wow, can I do it? Should I do it? I dunno, I'm feeling tired and a bit worn out, but, maybe.....

Suddenly H. says: Are you going to run up the hill?

Me: You never should have asked me that.

H.: Sorry.....um.....you're not going to run up that hill are you? I mean, there's no way you'll make it. It's too hard.

Me: Now you're getting the picture.

So I trod up the hill, all the while my dear husband is saying: Just one step at a time, don't look up, just one step at a time.

I made it one-third of the way up the hill. Semi-pathetic, but still a semi-victory for me. When I got home, I was fighting back tears again....shocking.

Then last night I go visiting teaching to some of the best ladies, EVER! And we end up having a conversation about how we're supposed to cross train, how doing the same thing every day is hard on your body...etc....

I woke up this morning and just wasn't feeling the running love, but I often don't feel it and do it anyway. But today I mention my cross training conversation with H. and he says something like "I told you so," and I'm taken aback.

Me: What ever do you mean?

H.: I told you that you should do something different every other day to allow your body to recover. Did you know that walking is considered cross training when you're running?

Me: Well that's all I needed to hear. I'm cross training, not being lazy, right?

H.: Right!

I was loving my cross training today. Thanks to all my loved ones who assured me that I was not being lazy, but rather thinking like an athlete! Maybe I have more athlete in me than I realized!

3 comments:

jillicious said...

I love reading your experiences--see I'm so NOT a runner, but wish I was. Runners make it seem so fun and I haven't found that to be the case. But you are inspiring me to give it a try. I think the key for me is to run where there are no people around--my face always turns bright red in about 4 seconds of any type of exercise and this seems to alarm people and then they keep asking "are you ok?"
Keep up the good work!!

Becky said...

Good job J! Love to read about your dedication! You are an inspiration.

Erin. said...

You're doing an awesome job and are inspiring me to do better....keep it up, girl!