Monday, 10 January 2011

Movement is key

Winter arrived this weekend, our first real taste of it in 2011.  Also arriving was my first baulk at getting outdoors and doing my self committed resolution of doing something in the movement department for at least 30 minutes per day.  Lisa, my New Mexico buddy left a Facebook message saying, "30 minutes, just move your body", thanks Lisa!!  I ended up having to shovel my front and back decks and driveway, not once, but twice on Saturday, I'll take that as cross training.

Sunday was terribly windy and cold.  Again, I could feel the pull of my couch and blankie, but no, I donned my long underwear and bundled up to make the trek outdoors.  Again, I had to shovel the driveway and decks, then headed out for a brisk walk along the beach, however,  I didn't make it as far as the beach when I had to double back to the house to get my inhaler.  It was stupid of me to leave the house without it on a cold, windy day.  (when I lived in Cairo, I ended up with what is known as  the Bedouin cough.  I was hospitalised in Cairo and then transported to Paris.  When I was well enough to travel I was sent to The Tropical Disease Centre in Toronto for pulmonary physiotherapy and a sh*t load of good drugs).    Ever since then I have trouble with breathing on a good day, but more so on cold winter days.

Once I got settled down and able to breathe, (I tend to panic when I can't catch my breath), out I went for a really nice, albeit cold walk.  When all said a done, I was able to get out for more than an hour.  Not quite the snow-shoeing / walk / run I wanted to do but I was still moving!!!

This coming weekend is the Richmond Road Race, I hope it isn't as snowy and cold as it was a couple of years ago!
2009 Richmond Road Race
Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

11 comments:

cdnhollywood said...

Shoveling is most definitely crosstraining. And feel comforted that I had to do my driveway 3 times too.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Are skates legal in the Richmond race??

Wes said...

I know this little snow storm is nuthin like you guys get! Stay warm! and KEEP MOVING :-)

Ewa said...

I love snow and cold from afar. You guys in northern regions are hardcore, that's all I can say.

Andrew Opala said...

Bedouin cough? ... that's the name for it!

The winter can be tough on those of us who have lung ailments!

But don't give up! :)

Marlene said...

Walking in this cold weather is HARD CORE! Awesome job getting out there!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Blankie????? Use it or lose it.... You can keep all of that snow up North, I'm not looking forward to shoveling multiple times in one day.....

Jess said...

Brrrrrrrr!

Xenia said...

Well, if all else fails you can cross country ski the Richmond Road Race, no?

Lisa said...

Yay for cross-training. And I'm glad I could give you the encouragement you needed on that day to get moving. :-)

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you can do the kind of moving that you *want* to do, but until then, take it where you can get it.

Chad said...

Good luck in your race, Lily! I've missed following your blog. Getting used to running in the snow for the first time. Interesting to say the least. I started up a new blog. If you get a chance, come check it out.