Cecilia A.

Cecilia A.

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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!

 
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14 comments

Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
over 3 years ago

My humble suggestions (as I love the treadmill): Make a playlist of sing-along songs (I like songs from musicals...but sing in my head as I can't carry a tune...Carol King also great...songs from Beautiful); identify a problem you want to solve and sort through it as you run; day dream. If you are running in the 4-6 range, none of these should be hard! Meantime, sounds like a belly dancer protegee!


    Elissa ImranElissa ImranKenzai Mind | Day 16 (Member)
    Trainerover 3 years ago

    Ha! I love how bold you were to attempt that class. And better to have the physique than the moves. Maybe you can keep going to the class and learn the moves. That physique is hard to come by!


      Liz B.Liz B.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
      over 3 years ago

      Sometimes those classes can be so fun- and when you can't really do the moves well, you end up expended a ton of energy! (Sometimes that classes can be horrible though and you end up being told to moo like a cow and pant like a dog- not good!)
      I am not fond of the treadmill either (and I don't have a gym membership, thanks, to kenzai) but I do love Janet's suggestion and is something I do when I jump rope, which is to solve problems. I get a good work problem going in my mind and poof, 20 minutes have gone by and I have some good thoughts on my problem. Good luck!


        Prem K.Prem K.Alumni
        over 3 years ago

        Welcome to treadmill hell..i hear you on the boredom.
        Unfortunately my knees are so. Banged up... I am sticking to treadmill for now.
        Awesome that you trying out these different things... Good on you


          David M.David M.Kenzai Member
          over 3 years ago

          There is a lot of culture going on in SLO!!!
          Treadmill can be closely associated with numbing of the mind at times.


            Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Kenzai Member
            over 3 years ago

            OMG, your blog just made my day! Breautifully honest with an amazing sense of humour! I can relate to so much you say, from excruciating boredom during running to elephantine stampede. Great to see your spirits are energised again! I thing Janet's ideas to get you through the run sound really good! Good luck!


              Leah GallieLeah GallieKenzai Member
              Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

              Cecilia you are the funniest blogger on Kenzai! You've inspired me to try something totally different (though not belly dancing). Great job keeping with the running, it's not easy to stay motivated with a physical set back.


                Clare B.Clare B.Alumni
                over 3 years ago

                Awesome blog 😀


                  Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 2 (Member)
                  Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                  I got short legs. And the hips of a dancer. Alas, not so much a cause for celebration when you are a dude! Ugh. I'll leave the Huzzahing to you, Cecilia! Go get 'em, girl!


                    Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
                    Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                    You must just be making smiles wherever you go.


                      Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
                      Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

                      Well shit, this is demoralizing. Here I am thinking I'm funny and witty, only to read this blog and discover that Cecilia is the clear, undisputed master of Kenzai humor - the David Sederis of the egg white eaters. I'm done. Throwing in the towel. I'm just going to post pics of uncooked quinoa.


                        Kristen G.Kristen G.Alumni
                        over 3 years ago

                        Oh, how I wish I could dance. good for you for giving it a go!


                          Jessica B.Jessica B.Alumni
                          over 3 years ago

                          Belly dancing sounds so fun! You should try the 'Zombies Run' app for more treadmill motivation. ;-)


                            Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 2 (Member)
                            Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                            Dearest Queen of the blogs, your audience awaits your next opus. No pressure. Well, a little pressure. Do let us know how those runs are taking shape in that belly dancing bod!


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