People usually disagree with me when A) I’m being an asshole or B) I’m wrong. Since I like to think of myself as never being wrong, (can you hear that darling wifey?….) I must have wrote something “asshole-ish” because I got quite the tongue lashing for writing A Case Against The Cardio Workout. A couple not so nice emails. One guy that completely disagrees with me is my good buddy Jay. You might remember him from a while back. He did a guest post discussing how he lost the equivalent of a tiny Asian man. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and here’s his:
It’s not often that Joe and I disagree on healthy lifestyle issues, but I think we definitely butt heads on cardio and running. During my last post, I had mentioned that I was training for a half-marathon. This was my first and I would work out at the gym four days a week and run for six.
“Was it a bitch? Yup! Was it time-consuming? Definitely! But I was in the best shape I’d ever been in.”
It was my life for 13 weeks and it was definitely a commitment (and a commitment to the commitment!!).
So why do it?
Why go through the agony of getting up to go for a run?
Why put your body through the punishment of aches and pains?
That’s easy. I do it to push myself. Race day is just another day on the calendar, but
Whether I was ready or not, I was scheduled to run and each day that passed was a gentle reminder. I was scared at first thinking my body wouldn’t take this much abuse, but it did. You don’t have to worry about dying, you will pass out before that happens.
So again why run?
Aside from the race training, I find running allows me to clear my head. We focus so much on muscle development, fat loss, diets and macros, we sometimes forget about the mind thing. Even though I love boxing and how I would feel after a session, running on the other hand is definitely a cathartic therapy session. Planning out the day with each stride as your favourite tunes are blaring in your ears. The exercise and reward of pacing yourself to get to your goal stronger and better than you did yesterday.
To help you get started, there are numerous apps to get you off your ass and running. Checkout your local Running Room and have them look at your running style and stride. They can recommend a shoe that best supports your running style and they’ll give you plenty of great tips. Speaking of style, find one. Mine is running in all black (probably not the safest at night). It makes me feel unstoppable and stealth. Also, I don’t drag out the life of clearly worn-out running gear. Think about it – do Olympians or pro-athletes show up wearing their high school gym shorts and ratty, old T-shirt and shoes? No they don’t. They show up dressed for the part knowing that they deserve the investment.
Now the downside (and it’s really not that bad).
It’s race day, and you have just finished running the one thing that has consumed your life for the last 13 weeks. It’s the same kind of melancholia as when you come back from a long vacation. That ‘now what’ feeling. It had consumed my life and, while I was happy I achieved my goal, the most challenging and rewarding part is the training. So, I quickly resolved to set another goal. Another half-marathon? Sure! Maybe a full marathon? Maybe. Qualify for BOSTON?( WOW!! that would be awesome). Regardless, it keeps you moving forward and setting your sights onto the next thing.
Until next time (or until Joe pisses me off with another running bashing post). I hope you all stay well and stay motivated. And remember:If you’re not kicking ass and taking names, you're doing it wrong! @jmoscattini Click To Tweet
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