the storm before the calm

Some people say running is too hard.  Those who have no desire at all can easily come up with more excuses not to, than I can to do it.  I’m not debating those points, you either get up and go, or don’t.  It’s that simple!

I’m not trying to sound like a harsh critic of those who do not wish to run.  Running for  the sake of running and enjoying it isn’t for everyone.   And I do have other things I like doing.  I love going for a ride on my mountain bike, spending time at our tiny five acre farm outside the city, trying to act like I am mechanically inclined, etc.  I have dozens of other interests, but I just never mention them here as I keep this geared towards dystonia, running, and for those with dystonia not to give up.

Yesterday I went to the chiropractor and we discussed the fact that he is amazed how fast I look so much better far faster than expected.  After my first visit, he gave a 10 month projection.  He is now saying less than that, but not sure how much less at the rate I am improving.  It’s been rough at times, but is starting to pay off.

A few weeks back, he said go ahead and start some light cardio as I should be able to handle it.  I have been thrilled to be back in the gym working on trying to get back to where I was before hurting my back.  I seem to only get so far before I start getting back aches.  Earlier this week, my chiropractor says you know you gotta do at this point.  Hence, the storm of core work and intervals before the calm zen of just running as long and far as I want with no problems.

I hate weights and core work!  I would rather do 48  hours of straight cardio versus 30 minutes with weights.  I may have muscular legs that are rock hard toned, but I have that middle section which is a spare tire that comes with an extra set of love handles.  And cardio alone won’t shrink that.  It takes core work with weights plus watching  what I eat.

But last night doing  the weights wasn’t as bad as I feared.  I am sore from muscles being used strenuously that normally only handle a remote control, fork, and an iphone.  The end result of all this and a lesson for me and everyone else is when I hurt my back and thought that was the end of it, NO! No, it doesn’t have to be the end you just need to find a different path cause starting over.

The Jolly Runner

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About thejollyrunner

There's so much and so little time. The two most important things to know is I suffer from a condition caused Generalized Dystonia and that I love to run. Ironically, two things that don't mix are what now defines me. I have a whole variety of other interests such as my long standing devotion to the Texas Rangers. I am also quite the hunter, fisher, and all around outdoorsman. If I had more time and less dystonia pains, I would fit in more gardening, home improvement, and probably some amatuer astronomy. And lastly, while my life is regrettably being slowed down from the dystonia, I am trying my hand at writing. I have a lot of ideas and it would be nice to see if I have what it takes to create some works worthy of publsihing.
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