KRun Day 9: These Hips Don't Lie (An Ode to Cross Training)
- Mar 16th, 2016 at 3:55PM
The cross training message couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed a mental break. Day 9 and I already need a break? Oy, this does not bode well for my aspirations of being a Runner, with a capital R.
I’m back on the treadmill for now after a consultation with the wise Head Trainer Wardo about the ear pressure and day-long headaches that’s plagued all of my out-door runs. This damn inner ear thing, first it popped my fantasy of being a mermaid and now it forced me back on the hamster wheel.
30 minutes on the ‘mill yesterday about killed me. Not physically, but mentally. I was so, so, BORED. How do you guys do it?? The last 10 minutes sucked all the joy out of my life and I needed a pep talk at 30 second intervals. It was not chill, it was basically the opposite of fun.
So what did I choose for my cross training to distract myself from the mental horror of running? I decided to go a bit non-traditional and showed up to a studio promoting World Fusion Dance lessons.
Well ladies and gentleman, I’m here to tell you that I kinda fell in love with belly dancing tonight. While it was up to me alone to add some pizzazz to the definition of “world”- belly dancing in San Luis Obispo really knows no skin color, age, or waist size. It knows a tinge of cultural appropriation, but who doesn't like to dress up like Princess Jasmine once a week for good fun?
I sucked at it though. Like hard. Like worse than my Day 1 of jump roping. Or swimming. Or running. My body was comically not close to imitating the instructor’s movements. There was zero grace or flow to my elephantine stampede.
They rolled up my shirt so my tummy was exposed and I will confess that the ego was immensely pleased when the older ladies oohed and ahhed on cue and proclaimed I had the “perfect belly dancer body.”
Apparently, being “long waisted” (synonym: short legs) is key to having the desired belly dancing physique. Huzzah! Hip rolls all day for being all torso with baby-length legs. I wonder if having short strong legs also helps me in running??
So I feel refreshed, I feel earthy and worldly, and I feel ready to take on another day’s run.
Bring it on Day 10!