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Getting Back to Normal

March 9, 2011

I almost felt normal today.  Still a little more tired than usual, but no pounding headache by the end of the day, and my upset stomach has settled down (*knock on wood*).

It was a long day, though.  Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings are my least favourite clinics of the week, so they’re very long and draining.  I had planned to do cardio + upper body today, and as I was leaving school, I was trying to figure out how to motivate myself to get my workout in.

To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t hard to talk myself into going out for a run.  It was a little cold (-13 C), but it was sunny out and looked pretty decent.  I was thinking of doing 5 k, but 1 k into the run, I realized that (1) I haven’t done anything more than 3 k since I don’t know when, (2) I haven’t run longer than 25 minutes in a heck of a long time, (3) I’m trying NOT to re-injure my IT band, and (4) I’m on antibiotics and am still getting over being sick.  So, once my iPod died around 2.25 k, I convinced myself to go to 3 k and call it a day.

I’m happy with my decision.  There’s still snow here, so the ground is very uneven and often slippery,making it slightly treacherous out there, so I was using muscles that I haven’t used in quite some time just to stabilize.  Things in the hip and pelvic regions are feeling pretty sore and tight right about now, so I’m glad I didn’t push through to 5k.

After my run, I felt like I could just go to bed.  I took that as a sign that doing the upper body workout should be postponed to tomorrow night, when I have the energy to really nail my workout.  Even though I was slow as “molasses in January” (or, in these parts, March apparently.  betcha haven’t heard that oldie-but-a-goodie saying for awhile, by the way.), I was happy about the run.  I basically ran as slowly as a could to keep my breathing under control – so really, really slowly – but a slow run is so much better than no run at all.

However, a run with music is much, MUCH better than one without (to me.  you are allowed your own opinion).  While I like the idea of running sans music, so that you tune into your body and appreciate nature, etc., the reality is that at this point, I need something to distract me from the fact that my legs are tired and I’m breathing in a hard and ugly way and, my gosh, running is hard when you haven’t done it for awhile.  When my iPod died on me today, I realized just how much I love listening to music while I run.  Oftentimes I find I’m not even listening to the music; I’m just working through stuff in my head or paying attention to my posture or how my feet are hitting the ground, but I’m definitely distracted from the hard-ness of running.

You might be wondering what I listen to when I run.  Well, I haven’t really created any new running playlists lately, but I downloaded a new album + a few new songs the other day, so today I listened to:

  • Born this Way by Lady Gaga
  • I Need a Doctor by Dr. Dre (featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey)
  • the album 21 by Adele (well, I didn’t quite listen to the whole thing)

So, to recap:

  • happy with my run
  • pushed back my upper body workout to tomorrow night
  • listened to new music (and am loving the Adele album)

How have your workouts been going?  What have you been playing on your iPod lately?

 

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 5:25 pm

    glad to hear you’re feeling better! i could not imagine running without my iPod, it makes it THAT much more fun! unforunately though, i haven’t had a really good run in 2 months. it’s shameful. i don’t know what i’m doing wrong, but my quads are not liking it. :-S

    • March 10, 2011 8:55 pm

      injuries are tricky! hopefully you can figure out the problem and get past it. last year I saw a physical therapist to deal with my problems, and at least now I know what the problem is, it’s just a matter of spending the time to rehab myself properly. good luck! fingers crossed you’ll get back to running soon. :)

  2. March 10, 2011 8:48 pm

    I just upped the speed on the treadmill, so I guess my workouts are going well? I know that my iPod mix is full of dance/club music because it keeps me SO energized.

    p.s. I can’t do the running in silence thing either. It just kills me.

    • March 10, 2011 9:00 pm

      I’d say an uppage of treadmill speed is definitely a good thing. :) sometimes I can’t run to dance music because the beat’s so strong and if it doesn’t match up to my stride, it makes things feel awkward. ever find that? maybe it’s just me. anyhow, I definitely am into dance music after a long day, to get pumped up for a workout, or just to energize myself for studying, even. is it weird that I love pretty much anything by Rihanna and Kesha? (I assume that’s what you mean by dance music. if not, I’m in need of an education, apparently.)

  3. March 10, 2011 9:14 pm

    I haven’t been working out at all lately … I really want the snow to melt, because I HATE working out inside.

  4. March 10, 2011 11:47 pm

    My workouts are okay – but I had a tough time today at the gym – couldn’t quite make it all the way through the 3.6km I was hoping for. I had to take a couple short walking intervals. But I was tired all day and it showed on the treadmill.

    I know exactly what you mean about music while running! My worst run was a day I went to put on my ipod at the gym and realized I’d forgotten to charge it the night before. Longest Run Ever. And I also listen to Lady Gaga while running. I pretty much just listen to The Fame all the way through and depending on my mood I might skip a song or repeat a song here or there.

    • March 11, 2011 2:33 am

      Well, my trainer says not every workout can be a good one. You’re making steady progress, and there’s nothing wrong with walking. :)

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