Making Lemonade with a Bike

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Mary Patterson

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Right!?

In my new focus and attempt to heal my running feet and legs, I have found myself becoming hyper aware of every move and every tingle. It is a good thing, but an annoying thing. 

What I have learned thus far:

1. I need to keep this stretching up because my calf muscles have years of knots in them.

2. I need to back off running for a little bit. Even running around the block or the warm-up with class gets my feet cranky.

3. I use feet and calves interchangeably because on my body right now they are both cranky and playing off each other.

4. I miss running and will go back to it for sure, but in order to do that. I need to slow down (and stop).

5. I was craving an alternative cardiovascular exercise.

Before we moved to Charleston, I worked in a health club. I had access to every piece of equipment possible. I was always much more of a weights girl; however, my workouts always including spurts of some type of cardio response. From the treadmill, rower, stair climber, the actual stairs, kettle bells, bikes and pool. Some of them I enjoyed more than others, but I always changed up my mode of cardiovascular exercise. This allowed me to run.

So I had my brief pity party and then I got over it.

I live in a neighborhood with a pool - um 2 pools. I can swim. check

I already kettlebell and burpee. ;-) check

Spin? Let's try out spin again! I finally got excited. It took a while to find a place that was more traditional to spin (not a personal fan of all that movement on and off and push-ups etc on the bike) AND a place that actually had more than one class a week that I could get to.

Believe it or not, I actually taught spin. I loved it. Getting back on the bike was great and it was just what I needed. I wanted to just go. Just go and let my mind and body work. You know that feeling a lot of you get when you run!? I didn't want to hurt. When I say hurt, I was tired of the pain. The muscle kind of fatigue and burn, bring it. I love that. That is just what I got. Check!

The healing has taken the next step. I can get my spin on, weight lift, and bust my boot camp circuit out. 

I am not going far running. I'll be back better, stronger and fitter than ever. ;-)

Posted in Boot Camp, Charleston, Daniel Island, fitness, Mary Patterson, pursuit of happiness, Run

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