|Our relationship with activity begins as children at play. As the only girl with two brothers close in age, I was a tomboy who enjoyed playing tag around the dining table – running into walls and corners. Those reckless days are over – yet the need to move so necessary. Movement is living. There were periods in my life in the 20’s where I lived a sedentary corporate life. It left me depressed. More than anything my inactivity left me with uninspired. Certainly, there are some good by-products to exercise which include: the strong desire to drink water, and limitless eating. Most of all getting active is a reminder that often times the hardest thing to do is to simply get into some workout clothes (the workout will follow). Getting started is the hardest part of the workout!
I am beginning to re-define my relationship with running. It’s been 9 months since I’ve ran my last race (Big Sur, 21 miles). Though it was a lovely run – I began to feel to mild pain in my hip-flexor. I took 3 months off.
Since last year, I’ve seen a physical therapist for my hip-flexor and even had my running form analyzed. Having a professional watch me on the track has been helpful. Some big takeaways are: instead of running at 90 beats a minute – I was running 70 beats a minute. My hips were not square. My legs tended fall behind my body. I’ve taken the last 3 months to re-program. I run with a metronome app at 180 beats a minute while playing my music/podcast in the background. I am not in love with the new form of running – my pace has fallen back by 1 minute. I am totally humbled – I hold no expectations about speed or distance. It’s important for us to listen to our bodies. I earnestly hope I won’t give up running entirely.
It’s now been three years since I’ve gone to Barre class consistently. It helps when your instructor has the body of Madonna. I go to Barre twice a week. I am always feel challenged and am constantly a work in progress. Strength training has never been something that I have enjoyed. Going to class, helps me keep consistent – its a plug and play type of system.
We have to be fluid in the way we keep moving. Each individual can only see progress in their on way – there is no need for comparing yourself to another individual. I’m beginning to consider Yoga as away to establish better mobility and for increased mind/body connection. As I celebrate each birthday, I am beginning to realize that stretching and rolling is crucial to heal muscles and joints.
Other activities I am seriously considering are: paddle-boarding and light skateboarding (in a well paved parking lot). These new activities might just help keep the wind in my hair, and the skip in my step.