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How is the exercising going?

It’s been a while since I wrote about something that is very important in my life – fitness.  As those of you who have been following this blog since the beginning know, I injured my knee during a 14 mile race on the first of the year.  It was an overuse injury – an inflamed IT band.  And I’ve been trying so hard to bounce back, but it hasn’t been an easy road.

I was told by my physical therapist that I have to work on my core strength.  So, on top of doing the exercises that he advised,[i] I also signed up for a kettlebell fitness class that is being put on as part of the healthy living program at the university I work for.  Talk about core strength – holy hell.  I just completed week three of the class, and I can hardly move.  But in a good way!

Now, does everyone know what a kettle bell is?  I didn’t think so, because I didn’t really know until recently either.  These are kettlebells.

Basically, they are weights that are distributed differently than the traditional dumbbells.

There are tons of different things that you can do with these kettlebells, and all of them involve core strength.  There are rows, there are deadlifts, there are squats, all incorporating the kettle bells.  And there are things I had never heard of either – swings, for example.  It’s a great workout, because everything is done in either circuits or pyramids,[ii] and it’s all done on time rather than reps.  I love it.  I’m going to need to purchase a couple kettlebells and keep this up after the class ends.

So, on top of this fitness class, I’ve been using my new bike on the trainer.  Not as often as I’d like, but I’m hoping to incorporate it as cardio on all of these (still) frigid mornings of winter, so I don’t have to go outside and risk hurting myself on the ice-covered roads and sidewalks.  And I’ve been easing back into running.  H and I ran three times while in Texas, and it felt great until all of a sudden it didn’t.  That third day hurt one of my knees pretty bad.  I’m worried I’m not going to be ready for my next race!

But, alas, I will keep on trucking.  Because I always feel better after I’ve done something active.  Sometimes, it’s the only thing that seems to make sense for me.

Sweat on, y’all.

-A.


[i] I’ve been so bad at keeping up with these!  I need to be better, because I need to get better!

[ii] Circuits are combinations of exercises done in succession.  Pyramids are a ramping up of the length of time spent on each exercise in a circuit, and then a decrease into a cool down.

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