When my eyelids finally rolled open like window shades, the first thought on my mind was, “oh, man I don’t want to exercise today”. I’m pretty sure I subconsciously sabotaged myself by dragging my feet this morning. After all, I really didn’t need to watch that 6 a.m. episode of the Patty Duke Show, or the first half of Mr. Ed on a retro channel.
I spent a good part of the day justifying how I didn’t have time, telling myself things like I shouldn’t start training too hard. Those rest days are important. My mile and a half endeavor yesterday barely produced a sweat. I don’t think I’m training too hard.But, just the same, I better not risk it.
Then I started thinking what is the least possible thing I could do to still say that I’ve put in some level of training. I came across this infographic and, inspired by the section on injuries, decided that stretching was the way to go, especially since I still had that pain the piriformous.
I found the stretches that didn’t even feel good 20 years ago and brought back some post traumatic stress from high school gym class. You know the ones, sitting with the souls of your feet together (think cobbler’s pose if you do yoga), then bouncing your knees and thighs wildly as you feel the exquisite pain for groin muscles ready to snap like an old rubber band. I believe it was called the butterfly–sounds delicate and peaceful, doesn’t it? Try it sometime. If you’re not limber, you’ll think it should be renamed “The Scream“.
My search finally took me to something called “active, isolated flexibility”, and it has a video—essentially you use a rope to gently stretch muscles into a new range of flexibility. Yep. That’s what I was looking for, something easy that I can so tonight that will support my daily training goal. I’m going to try the exercises now. If you hear a loud S-N-A-P, I may have stretched too far.
PS: The infographic is very cool. Look at it in full size if you get the chance. Complete with its own training calendar for 2012-the only thing that would make it better is to list the Free Press Marathon in October.