Sunday, November 17, 2013
I was never one of those made to run people. I found running later in life - late 30's, and only because my gym buddy at the time thought it was a great idea. I didn't really care for it at first, but the more I did, the more I liked. In particular, I really liked how strong and fit it made my legs!! I absolutely loved how it made me feel emotionally.
Biking on the other hand was something I did most of my life. Had a paper route as a pre-teen and that's how I got around. I never really LOVED it, traffic makes me nervous and there is less control when your feet aren't making contact with the ground. Or something along those lines. Plus, I used to think while I ran, meaning the best thoughts just popped into my head. With biking I have to think about biking :) My mind can't just become blank and accept ideas and solutions.
Well, looks like I can't run anymore - ankle injury, plus arthritis, Dr doesn't recommend the pounding. Sigh.
My husband is an avid biker. Super duper, loves it with a passion bike person. So it makes sense that I turn to this form of exercise. We can do it together!!
I'm trying. When I ride with him, I like it. He is great with the traffic thing and I feel more confident. If I can get to a traffic free area quickly, I like riding alone.
Winter is coming, biking outside is not really an option for me, I don't like it enough to endure the cold, I just won't go. So I am increasing the number of spin classes I am taking. I like them, they work me hard. Being mindless isn't as easy - it's a room full of people, there is music and I have to follow directions. It's a solution though.
I never did complete the goal of a half marathon at Disney and I'm not ready to give it up, so I tried speed walking this summer and it was okay. I hope that as I get the basics down and it becomes more natural to fall into the right stride I can let my mind go. I am also thinking of taking a class on it in the spring, have someone watch me walk and tell me how to correct it. Right now I am awkward and slow, not sure I'm doing it right.
I still miss running a lot. Guess I always will.