Posted by: Sai | August 10, 2011

Picking Up Where I Left Off, AKA Arms vs Legs

When I started running I couldn’t keep going for more than a minute. A few years later and I’ve entered a 10 miler while I think about which Half to do. It took a lot of hard work to get where I was, especially considering I had my asthma to beat as well as my lack of fitness.

The racing chair is the obvious alternative to running, and while it has numerous similarities, I keep having to remind myself that it’s a completely different sport. I sometimes find myself thinking, or assuming, that I can just pick up from where I left off – that I can go do an easy 10k without much thought, that I can go back to looking for a suitable Half for the Spring. While I’m not quite back to the beginning, I’m certainly close.

The biggest difference is that when starting to run I was held back by my CV system – initially my asthma, but as I started to get through that, it was purely a fitness test. With pushing, my muscles are getting tired before I’ve barely broken a sweat. I’m used to pushing in the basketball chair but this is a different style, and my posterior delts (backs of the shoulders) are certainly feeling it.

So now I’m remembering that I’m new to all this, that it’s going to take more hard work to get back into long distance, and I should be working towards a respectable 10k in the Spring, not a Half.

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