Bad news: I’m still not running. I swear my shin is so close to being totally healed, but I still feel weird pressure in it if I hop around or something. A couple weeks ago I started thinking about how my last stress fracture (at age 15) didn’t take nearly this long to recover, and I suddenly remembered that I went to physical therapy that time around. This Australian guy who always made fun of my socks helped me out, and I was running again in less than 4 or 5 months. So I made an appointment to see him next week, and I’m hoping he can help me again!
Good news: I am exercising again! I’ve always been averse to weights and stretching, and I’ve fixed that. It turns out, all I needed was a big television with HBO in front of my spin bike/weights to get me going.
This situation has been slowly coming together for many years. A bunch of years ago, my roommate bought that set of weights (by the desk), thinking that I would lift weights a lot back when I was a 15 year old girl. It turns out, I didn’t. We had a TV up there back then, but TV time was always restricted for me, and we certainly didn’t have HBO (nor could my virgin eyes have handled most of what HBO had to offer). Fast-forward a few years, and my sister was living up here. She was trying to get her school work done or something, and suggested that the TV be disposed of, so she could focus (nobody asked me if this was a good idea or not). A month ago, I moved my spin bike back from school, but there was still no TV – until a couple weeks ago, when my roommates decided it would be good to have an extra TV in the house, and put this one in an extremely convenient location.
Long story short, I can work out! My love for running has always been partially due to the fact that I don’t need to set up any equipment and I don’t have to go anywhere to do it. I now have made lifting weights and spinning fulfill those requirements too. I still like running way better for other reasons though, which is why the TV is an important component. It helps me forget that I’m doing exercise that I don’t like that much.
For those of you who like specifics, my new workout routine is:
I started this based on the Crossfit style workout I found, and have worked up some of the reps and weight. Starting two days ago I decided it would be really cool to be able to do the splits, so I added the bunch of stretching at the end. I am still nowhere near doing that, but at least I can touch my toes now! My prediction is that I’ll be a body builder/gymnast by the end of the summer.