I haven’t written about running in a long time. My love affair with running seems to be cooling. First my treadmill started randomly speeding up so I stopped running on it until I got some belt lubricant. (Didn’t fix it.) I was trying to run outside but that didn’t work out so well. Then Shane and I got into a fight about me trying to inspire/pressure him (depending on the way you look at it) to get more fit so he can handle going on a bike ride the day after hiking with the kids. Then I got depressed and stopped running because I feel like I don’t have enough support to become the runner I was dreaming about being. Then I got over and decided to run everyday. Screw everyone! Then I got the flu.
The for real flu. I’m talking fever, headache, nausea, no appetite, joint and muscle aches, runny/stuffy nose, chills, cough and extreme exhaustion. And the hilarious part is that Shane brought it home despite having gotten the flu shot.
So, the moment I felt myself getting better I decided to act like I was completely healthy in hopes I’d convince my body I wasn’t really sick. Brilliant, eh?
After not running for a week, I got up at 6:30 am yesterday and went out for a run. I planned on 3 miles. I made it 1.5 miles before I had to stop because I started to get light headed and dizzy and was over a mile away from home. Plus I took my i-pod mini instead of my phone. So if I pushed myself too hard and passed out, I wouldn’t be able to call Shane to pick me up.
I walked for about 0.5 mile and then felt better so I ran home. It was a slight downhill so I think that helped a lot.
When I got home I had to lay on the floor for a good 10 minutes and I had fits of coughing. And I also felt woozy pretty much the entire day. BUT. I’m still glad I went. It felt good to get my legs moving after being practically immobile for a week.
As for working out moving forward, I’m just going to run when I feel like it. I’m going to go on hikes on Sunday morning when Shane takes the kids to church and I’m going to start taking one of the girls on bike rides on the weekend.
I got a Weehoo last year, hoping that we could go on family rides. But Shane really isn’t interested so I think I need to just start venturing out on my own. It really is such a fun way to spend time with them. The only bummer is that I can only take one.
And! I’m super excited about this! We’re going to get a WaterRower! I’ve always liked the idea of a rower. It’s a full body exercise but you’re still sitting. It’s like lazy hard work. It’s like walking (instead of running) up a mountain. So one day I was researching rowers and I found WaterRowers. I didn’t realize until I saw this beauty that it’s the rower in House of Cards. Pricey but it’s solid wood and made in the USA. So, I think the price is justified.
The day we went to Portola Redwoods State Park, we stopped at Treadmill Outlet in Redwood City so we could try one out in person. Shane assumed he wouldn’t be able to use it because of his bad back, but turns out he really liked it. The guy helping us actually has even worse back issues than Shane and he uses one. It’s really smooth and not jerky. It’s also really quiet with only a soft whooshing of water with every stroke. We’re going to put it in out living room and it’s going to be perfect!
Another thing I like about it is that Caleb and Ana can use it and it’s not dangerous like the treadmill. They both ask about using the treadmill but it makes me so nervous.
I’m not sure when we’ll be getting it, but hopefully soon!