Wednesday, October 12, 2011

And Then There's the Running

One of the things that I did during Lent was cancel my membership at the YMCA. Don't get me wrong...I love the Y and I love that the teachers there helped me get my body back into a shape other than "globular" after I had Clare. But after a few years I started to feel like maybe I was post-Y.

When I first started going in 2008, Y time was my time. It was the only time during the day that I was assured conversation with other adults, and the only time during the day that was completely my own. I left the house without having to strap someone into a carseat, and I got out of the car with both arms swinging.

And for the next two years I was a faithful member. I went to Spinning class at least once a week, and I went to aerobics classes at least three times a week. Then I started getting in to Zumba, and I even tried swimming once or twice. It was a great place, and I was glad to support it.

But my needs changed. As the kids got older and as I started working part-time outside of the house, I wasn't as desperate for my time. I could get that other places. And I felt like I had my fitness under control. I knew how much I needed to exercise, and what kind of exercising I needed to do, to keep myself healthy.

So about 9 months ago I decided that I was going to take care of exercise myself. I pulled out the Pilates DVDs again, and downloaded Week 1/Day 1 of Couch to 5K. I ran my first 5K last May and in June I started learning to run again, but barefoot.

Now I try to run at least 2 5Ks a week plus one long run as I train for my first 10K.

My body isn't as tough and toned as it was when I was going to the gym everyday, but that's OK. I really like running, and I really like knowing that I can keep myself healthy on my own.


Carrie said...

I am so impressed by your dedication! I always start exercise programs only to fizzle out after the initial burst of enthusiasm. Also, the barefoot running thing is pretty darn cool.

And, I noticed you are reading World Without End? Loved that book! Loved Pillars of the Earth more, but who cares - any book with a map in the front and epic plots that span decades and I'm there! I'm reading book 5 of Songs of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones series). SO great!!! Lots of maps!

-Carrie Prewitt

Montana Dave said...

And then there's the insanity.

This, Friends, is what happens when you let people run. Mb, I'm hoping you recover from this phase quickly. We all miss you.

- Dave