Side effects

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Like anything in life, running certainly has side effects. I'm not just talking about all the negative ones, although a few of those are on the list. There are so many more things that have come from training for this half. Here they are in no particular order.

-Thinking about life: Running gives me anywhere from two to six hours a week where I do nothing but listen to music and think. Unlike Jazzercise, where I'm expected to remember the movements and instruct people ahead of time, running gives me time to work out and focus on my life and myself. Sometimes I think about what's going right. Sometimes I think about what's going wrong. But running gives me uninterrupted time with myself.  

-Not thinking about life: On the flip side, some days I run and I think about nothing. At. All. I never before knew it was possible to zone out for 45 minutes straight. It is. I assure you. 

-Television: I've noticed since I started training that I'm watching a LOT less TV. Now, to be fair, I've never really been one to sit down and zone out in front of the TV, but I did always used to have it on in the background during the evenings I was home. Now that some of my evenings are filled with runs, I'm getting to watch way less Extreme Couponing and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. This might also be due to the fact that I don't seem to be home as much lately or my extreme addiction to Pinterest. But I'll give the credit to running. 

-The great outdoors: I'm not what you would call "outdoorsy." I truly believe this is because I am such a klutz and manage to hurt myself when attempting any sort of outdoor activities (examples: a black eye at a t-ball game (I was a spectator, mind you), a bruised tailbone from softball, losing a layer of knee skin while white water rafting, a bruised tailbone from cross country skiing, various cuts, scrapes, lesions, and bruises from mud runs... you see the pattern here). I LIKE the outdoors. I'm just bad at it. Running gets me outside, breathing (or gulping) in fresh air. Most of the time, I don't even hurt myself.

-Body aches: Sometimes my feet hurt, especially when I have to wear work shoes. And sometimes my calves are tight when I'm going up and down the stairs. And sometimes my quads burn just from standing up and sitting down. It's not necessarily pain... they're just aches. And sometimes I have a whole lot of them.  

-Abs: Have I mentioned the abs? Ohmygosh, the abs! This morning I was teaching Jazzercise, and I put my hands on my stomach to emphasize a lean for the obliques. And I thought, holy $%&#! My stomach feels like a rock! A little bit I wanted to ask someone to punch me in the stomach just to see if my abs are as strong as they feel right now, but I figured I should refrain. 


Post a Comment

Template Design by Studio Mommy (© Copyright 2014)