Frankly, I suck at cardio.
I’ve been trying to run for weeks and have hit a wall. And that wall is 2 mins run, 2 mins walk, for 30 mins max. I still love the endorphin rush and I’m sure it’s good for me but progress is painfully slow.
I also bike everywhere. It’s leisurely but that combined with the running is a pretty respectable level of activity.
I used to be quite into Tang Soo Do, did it for a few years and got up to blue tag/3 down from black belt. That’s unfortunately no longer an option for me because I’d have to buy insurance for the whole year while only being able to practice while down in London. I miss the flexibility I used to have (that’s gone to shit since chemo and spending a summer lying in bed), and I’ve lost any of the other benefits like strength and coordination since quitting.
So, I’m thinking, 1) start lifting weights 2) stick with the very light cardio 3) work on flexibility 4) ??!!?! 5) Profit?
It’s a great class and everything, but my leg muscles hurt when I stand up, sit down or try to climb stairs. If I don’t go, everyone in my family will go on about how lazy I am and how I can’t be trusted to work out when I get to uni.
This is gonna be fun, then.
Well it was good but my thighs are made of pain.
I’ve made a lot of progress. Over the weekend I was too tired to manage much apart from slumping in front of screens nursing my mouth ulcers and chemo burns. I definitely had more severe side effects this time round (if you discount how I got in the second round where my counts were totally knocked out after I picked up a cough). Mouth’s going to take a while to heal up and in the mean time it hurts to eat, I talk funny and everything tastes of metal. Woooo!
However, 3 days ago I started out at the gym. The first day I managed about 5 lengths with a lot of resting between each one. The next day I took my time over it but managed 24 lengths. Then today I put my gym kit on and did 20 minutes on the cross trainer, stretches and a lot of time doing light weights, followed by a few more lengths in the pool. I spent almost 4 hours there! My diet is also working well and I’m not finding it as hard going as I did initially. Going to try a beginners pilates class on Friday, and apart from a few twinges from my neulasta injection (blood booster, bones don’t like being forced to make extra white blood…) everything is pretty awesome right now! Made more awesome by Pride coming up on Saturday and my friend’s birthday on Sunday where I’ll see a lot of very lovely friends I haven’t seen for ages :)