Monday, June 30, 2014

What I Miss Most

We went strawberry picking early on Saturday morning. I brought our little point and shoot with us, fully intending to take a few pictures, but was deterred once I saw how crowded it was. The place was packed with kids, which is actually kind of genius on the parents' part. Picking strawberries is so much easier when you're close to the ground and have naturally absurd levels of energy.

After the strawberries, we didn't do much this weekend. I spent most of it either playing the Tiny Tina DLC for Borderlands 2 or reading The Dresden Files. The DLC for Borderlands 2 was recommended to me by a friend and I got it as part of the Summer Sale on Steam for a measly $5.  It's awesome because I get to shoot orcs in the face with a shotgun and because the designers had a good time poking fun at fantasy game cliches.

Borderlands Wiki (source)

I went for a run on Sunday before noon. I went without agonizing over the decision and I almost felt like I did before I got all hurt and junk.

3.22km running  + 0.44km walking home
I say almost because I can't ever go back to simply lacing up my shoes and heading out the door. During my last round of physical therapy a summer ago, my therapist suggested that I work through the set of prescriptive exercises (especially the breathing one) any time I wanted to go for a run. Since then, I've actually been a little frustrated that going for a run requires that little extra bit of effort. I miss the simplicity, the only bit of effort being to get myself out the door. But I don't miss it enough to just disregard the need to establish a better movement pattern. Recently, I came across an article on Breaking Muscle, The 3 Elements of Training and How to Order Them, that drove home the point and got me to accept that my little warm-up perfect for me.

This is my favorite quote from the article:
Movement skill refers to how well ingrained good form is in a lift or exercise. We’ve all been there - that point in a workout where fatigue starts to creep in and form starts to deteriorate, that feeling of not being able to get your body to do what you’re trying to make it do.

I have years worth of terrible form ingrained for pretty much every exercise ever. Worse than that is the fact that I have poor posture ingrained from years upon years of extended computer usage. I know this; it's why I went to physical therapy for two years in a row.  It's why I am diligent about my twice weekly Reformer sessions. So all that said, there is absolutely no reason for me to not be diligent about spending five to ten minutes working through my prescriptive exercises and checking in with my body before I head out the door.