Boredom is Beneficial

Monday, June 11, 2012
Most weekends, at some point, I get a bit bored. A few years ago, I never thought I’d say this, but there’s only so much sitting around and tv watching a girl can do. It doesn’t help that, like the Marines, I do more by 9AM than most folks do all day. Ok, a bit of an exaggeration but by noon I’ve usually done all my ‘chores’ for the day so I can relax and do whatever I want for the remainder of the weekend. This weekend was no different.

On Sunday morning, I woke up early (5ish) and looked outside: pouring rain. To top it off, my knee was a bit tender so the planned walk/stair workout with Mommikins was out of the question. Instead, I ate breakfast, checked emails and then headed downstairs for a bike ride in our apartment’s “gym”. Fast forward a few hours later and I was out of things to do. Oh sure, I could have cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed my room, dusted something… but I didn’t want to. It still wasn’t nice enough to go out anywhere, there was nothing on TV, no video games to play, and I didn’t feel like reading. So, what do I do? I hopped on my treadmill and ran. 1.31 miles. Why? Why not. I had nothing better to do. Interestingly enough, I didn’t feel any discomfort in my knees during or after my run. The stretches and leg lifts are REALLY helping it seems. And despite already working out on the stationary bike earlier that morning, I felt strong and energized, not tired and spent which is how I figured I would feel.

Now that the running is back on, I’m going to pause the training regime I had been following. I’m not training for anything specific anyways; I’m just “learning to run”. Instead, I’m going to stay at the level I’m currently at (wavering between Run 3/Walk 1 and Run 2/Walk 1) and focus on getting faster. Once I reach a speed that I am happy with, and can run comfortably at, then I’ll move on to the next level and continue the program.

I'm so over joyed that I'm able to run again, and that the fix is so simple!  A couple of quick stretches, once a day leg lifts and boom!  Knees are fine.  Here's hoping I get bored more often...


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