you spin me right round

August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

something has changed in the last few days. maybe it’s just that i’ve stopped feeling sorry for myself or maybe i really am finally improving. either way, i’m determined to get through this and get back to my run. but i’m also trying to accept that it might be awhile before i’m back to the kind of time and distance i love. so until then i have to find something to keep me sane.

i’ve tried to explain to people around me ~ the non-runners ~ that i don’t run for exercise. it’s not about calories burned or muscles built. i run to live. i run to let go. i run to think. i run to escape my limits. sure, i can go to the gym. get on the elliptical and monotonously pound out enough of a workout to keep my girlish figure. but if i can’t get lost inside myself, then to me it’s wasted sweat.

yesterday morning i was feeling a little rough. a beer tasting expo saturday afternoon followed by dinner and drinks with a friend left me a little morning-after sluggish. i’ve toyed with the idea of doing a spin class in spite of the contradictions i’ve been told. biking isn’t bad for the spondy but it’s not the smartest move for the piriformis. the chiro said don’t do it. the ortho said ok. all i knew was i needed something different and mixed messages meant all i could do was try. i got online to check the schedule at my gym and was nicely surprised to see an intro to spin class taught the first sunday of each month. with only half an hour slated, i figured i’d learn what i needed to ~ both about the bike and if i could physically handle the movement ~ and from there i’d decide if i wanted to do the actual class that followed after.

the intro class was simple. how to set the bike. hand positions. seated versus standing ride. resistance. but the not even 15 minutes of actual spinning we did had me feeling a burn i haven’t felt in months. i waited for the pain. almost dared my body to tell me no again. but this time i seemed to win and i opted to stay for the next class.

spinning is not my run. it’s not trails and dirt and a journey that ends only when i say it does. but i’ll take it for now. the dark room. the beat of the music pulsing through my legs. the sweat pouring from my body as i pedaled harder. faster. it was, in a word, intense.

i’m a little sore today. normal or not. i’m not completely sure. but for the first time in two months i feel as though i found a release.

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  • 1. kitkat1126  |  August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    yessssss!
    while spin is not the same as “the run” (I completely get what you mean about running. it helps me release, it helps me physically and mentally let go) BUT it’s great that you can spin, it’s great you felt so good afterwards and I’m sooooo happy to hear it was intense. 😉 Love those spin classes!

    you will get back to running, that’s for sure with your willpower.

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  • 2. fitandfortysomething  |  August 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    oh i love this! so glad you went and tried the spin…..smart girl you are on your way. i run for the same reasons too 🙂

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  • 3. ultrarunnerbrianphilpot  |  August 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Good to get a little something going until you can get back to running. Nothing beats trail running but you got to get better first!

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