I always have been pretty involved in fitness.
I played volleyball all year in high school-and I mean ALL year. I played in summer, spring and winter off-season leagues. And you couldn’t get me to stop talking about volleyball. I even thought that I would play on a club team.
Although I didn’t try out for the club volleyball team in college, I went to the gym or ran a few miles almost every day. After college when I started working, I became a marathon junkie until I got injured and gave the triathlon a whirl. Soon my inability to run allowed me to became a yoga, barre, fitness class freak. The possibilities were endless.
But ever since my surgery in the end of July, I haven’t exercised consistently except for maybe a few 2 mile jogs within the last couple months. I intentionally let my exercise go because I knew that I needed to study my butt off for my exam. It was also a good way to force myself to let my body heal. I feel like I completely lost all my fitness. Nowadays, I huff and puff my way up the stairs at the T stations and am out of breath when I walk too fast (i.e. my old normal walking speed).
Thankfully now that my exam is done (for now at least), I am trying to run consistently every few days. But lately I have been having a difficult time to muster up the motivation to get out there. Is it strange that people think of me as “Little Miss Runshine” but I can’t seem to get myself out there and run? If I do go for a short jog-it usually happens because Dave coaxes me into it. He tells me that he will go slow and stay with me until I am done with my two miles. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.
Why is it so hard for me to run?! I realized that it is difficult to get back into exercising after having a long break. I returned from my first 2 miler I did about a month ago not energized but upset. It was hard to look back at what my body was capable of and knowing that I am starting from complete scratch.
I think I’m also afraid. I keep thinking about my hip overuse injury. It resulted from me marathon training when my body was not ready to. I put myself out of commission for longer than expected and experienced some decent pain. And I think about how my core really hurts if I try to lift something too heavy or twist too much. I fear not being able to gain my strength back.
But I remind myself that I can get back into my exercise groove and gain my fitness back. I had surgery and it’s only expected that I need some time to recover. This experience is reminding me that it is okay to have a setback or challenge-it is how you handle it that matters. It also opened my eyes to how hard it is for some people to exercise. If it wasn’t a habit for your or you just have been out of the game for a while, it takes a lot of determination and motivation to stick with it. I admire those people and they are going to motivate me to get back into a routine.
In order for me to get back on track, here are a few of my goals:
- Go for short runs (2-3 miles, 2-3 days a week). My body isn’t ready for any long distance running-I don’t have a running base anymore and my core is weak as heck. A weak core is only setting myself up for more injury.
- Practice yoga at home (2-3 times a week). My body does not have enough strength to practice yoga and it is definitely not ready to get all bendy. Practicing at home will let me go at my own pace and completely stop if it is just not working out for me. I don’t have to do a full hour-I will count a 10-15 minute session.
- Attend spin classes regularly (2-3 times a week). Spin classes really kick my butt. But they also are a class that it is easier for me to control my intensity level and just spin at my own pace if need be. I think having the class environment will motivate me more than running alone right now.
For some additional motivation to get back into exercise, I invested in a pair of Shimano SH-WM62 Mountain Bike Shoes (thank you credit card points!). One of my favorite instructors Elise (who teaches at The Handle Bar) wears these shoes so I just had to copy her and get them. I thought they were cute and trust that she would have good quality shoes that would last a while.
Let my journey back into the fitness world begin!
Questions for you:
Has exercise always been easy for you?
What motivates you when you really don’t want to workout?