Wednesday, November 12, 2008

On a Personal Note

I've made a decision: I'm going to start running. I was told I can't only swim as exercise because I need to do weight bearing exercise because I'm a white woman and I already have some arthritis and therefore I'm on the fast track to weak bones. But I hate machines, I'm terrible about weights (though I'm going to get better), I have no time for yoga (and my wrist is arthritic so I can't do chattaranga anymore), so running it is. When I was at my friend Melissa's the other day visiting her and her adorable new baby girl, I found a book called Chi Running. Melissa says her husband swears by it, so, breezing by the fact that her husband is a voracious consumer of all and any information and a disciplined applier of systems (two things I am not) I decided it would be just the trick for me. So, if in three weeks I'm blogging from the floor because my back hurts so much that I can't move off of it, you'll know why.

7 comments:

roni said...

My friend's cousin co-wrote "Chi Running" with her husband. I've tried to attend Chi Running workshops in San Francisco in the past and they sell out quickly. There might be a workshop in NY, too.

Robin Aronson said...

I'll keep an eye out for the workshop -- I'm looking forward to the book!

Sue Dickman said...

I don't know if you've run before or not, but, as a long time non-runner, I had a lot of luck this spring with the Couch to 5k program on the cool running website. It basically eases you into it through run/walk intervals, with the run intervals getting longer and longer. I started in April or May, and by September, I could run for 45 minutes (not fast, but still). (Then I hurt my leg, which didn't help.) I don't know about Chi running, but I do know that if you need some structure, couch to 5k can help. Good luck with it!

Robin Aronson said...

Great! Thanks for the tip, Sue!

Robin Aronson said...

And I hope your leg is better!

Sue Dickman said...

It's a lot better, thanks. I tore a muscle in my calf, but now I just get the occasional twinge. And I started running again on the treadmill, though I'm back to doing intervals now, and it will take awhile to get back to my 45 minutes of a few months ago.

Robin Aronson said...

I think my brother tore his calf muscle -- painful! Good luck getting back up tospeed -- and congratulations for getting up to 45 mintues in the first place!