Hello, friends. Welcome to another edition of Runfessions, the monthly link-up hosted by Marcia’s Healthy Slice where we share our running transgressions and receive absolution from faithful readers. Step into the runfessional and let us begin.
I started swimming again. And then I stopped.
A month or two ago, I runfess I decided to add swimming back into my fitness routine after a hiatus of several years.
I typically swam twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. My swimming workout consisted of some warm-up laps, some laps kicking with swim fins (not using my arms), then some cool-down laps, about two-thirds of a mile total.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that loosens up my whole body. The laps with fins strengthen my ankles, something older runners need to consider. It is a good rest day recovery activity.
Some of the best things about my swimming routine were the ways I rewarded myself after my workout.
I either took a trip down the red twisty slide, the funnest seven seconds of my day, or I sat in the sauna for a few minutes, which resulted in an “Ahhh“…feeling every single time.
Now, of course, the rec center is closed, so swimming, sliding, and sauna have all come to a screeching halt. They are all on my list of things I will do once social distancing comes to an end.
Running all the miles.
Since swimming and Body Pump classes at the rec center are off-limits, (I just found free online Body Pump classes today) most of my aerobic fitness activities have been narrowed down to only one pastime- running.
I don’t consider dog walks to be aerobic any longer. My dog Benji is getting old. He mostly pokes along, sniffing every blade of grass to see if it’s worthy of him depositing a few drops of pee on it.
I runfess my mileage last week jumped about 50% over the week before. Of course, I had been in semi-taper mode before my scheduled half marathon, which turned into a virtual race.
And, speaking of virtual races.
which was canceled.
I runfess, I am not a fan.
Oh, it wasn’t terrible, but to me, it just seemed like any training run. The excitement, the competition, the camaraderie, the post-race soft pretzels just weren’t there.
Bill and I ran a virtual half marathon last Sunday in place of the Asheville half marathon, I ran with my typical running partner, Bill, on a course we often use, the local rail-trail, at a comfortable long run pace. It seemed like every other 13.1-mile run we do except for one thing: we used Strava for the first time.
Welcome to the 21st Century
I must runfess, I really liked using Strava.
I am certainly not anti-technology. When I taught, I used it a lot and was very comfortable trying new things.
In my running, however, I am decidedly low tech.
I don’t listen to music while I run, preferring to chat with Bill or entertain myself with my own lively interior monologue.
I don’t have a GPS watch, just a $10 sports watch I got at Kmart, so I can tell how many minutes I have been running.
I never run with my phone.
But last weekend, I downloaded Strava, tucked my phone in my hydration belt, and, voila, a map of my route appeared as I ran, along with mile splits, and…well, you know.
Apparently, I’m the only one who doesn’t know.
I think I might use Strava on a regular basis.
Peace, breath, and Om.
I have done yoga in the past – power yoga and Bikram (hot) yoga.
These two forms of yoga provide quite a workout.
The problem was I was already getting some pretty intense workouts each week through running and Body Pump classes. I didn’t want another intense workout on my schedule.
Judy provides yin yoga and meditation videos, guiding her practitioners through gentle stretches and meditation.
I am especially fond of her hip-opening video, her class specifically for runners, and her “Destress and Relax” practice. They are just what this very tight, inflexible runner needs to stay loose.
Thank you for joining me for March Runfessions.
See you next month for another installment. Until then, stay safe!
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