A journey of a thousand miles....is very boring sometimes.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook , you know that my cardio is rather predictable and boring (and usually blurry): So when...

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that my cardio is rather predictable and boring (and usually blurry):



So when @SuzieRobb asked me the following, I wasn't surprised that more people haven't asked me the same. 

The answer?  Yes.  I do get sick of it.  HOWEVER....(and like I said to Suzie), I'm incredibly thankful for my boring, repetitive, locked-in-a-dungeon cardio.

I've written in many other posts about my history of back problems and just how it limits what I can do.  I've also mentioned in many places (in person and on the internets) that I miss being able to box (my doctor doesn't want me to spar, and I'm just a bit nervous about getting back into it).  I also cannot run on hard ground (I'm very jealous of all of you that get to enter races, get fancy tech t-shirts, and medals, and celebratory beers).  Heck, I can't even walk on hard ground (marble floors in museums are MURDEROUS). 

So I do what I can do.  My first few runs after neck surgery were slow, and painful.  (NB:  yes, I know two of you don't like me using the word "run" for what I do on the elliptical.  But since the ultramarathoners and iron men/women are okay with me using it, I'm going to use it.  So :P) I was lucky to get through one 12- minute mile before every nerve in my body told me to stop.  It wasn't just that I was out of shape, but I was scared.  I didn't want to jeopardize my surgery/recovery.

I had to re-learn my limits -- of how far I could go, how fast I could go, what cross-ramp I should use, how much resistance i could use -- and then figure out how much rest/recovery I needed between runs.  Once my doctor cleared me at the 3-month mark to (1) start rehab (2) start weights, I began to work those elements in to my workout plan.

So long story short, yeah.... I'm bored doing the same cardio almost every day (even if I am varying distance, speed, difficulty) and jealous of all you marathoners and CrossFitters, doing all these things I can't do.  But spending those 45 minutes or so on the elliptical, I'm able to meditate on how very thankful that there is this one thing that I can do.

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5 comments

  1. That is a fantastic attitude! I have shoulder issues that sometimes get me down, I have to remind myself to be grateful that my legs will do anything I want them to.

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  2. AMEN, Sister.
    this is me, too.

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  3. Natalie -- Miz -- I think we all have limitations, but it's up to us to have as much joy as we can before we hit that limit, right?

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  4. Better safe than sorry. You look great, so it must be working. I hope to start exercising soon. I might weight until I lose another ten pounds, hoping my back and knee will be more willing to support my weight.

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  5. LTR -- well you know most of weight loss is diet. Exercise is more for health gain.

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