Up the Hill Both Ways

05.15.2011

I used to work out on a regular basis. I used to have a routine, and I stuck to it. I did cardio on the elliptical, lifted, and did an ab workout multiple times per week. And then I got busy. The worst part about working out is getting back into the swing of things after being out of it for a while. And, in this case, by a while I mean about 4 months.

So I had this brilliant plan to go on a run around campus. The RecPlex was closed because it was a little later in the evening and it closes earlier in the summer, so I thought to myself “A run around campus would be nice and scenic and refreshing.” Mind you, I don’t usually run outside or on hills, etc. But I was confident that this run would be wonderful. I started down Stuart Hill, passing VWK sophomore dorm and stopped on the sidewalk in the middle of KU field to stretch. I was feeling okay at this point, just getting warmed-up. Then I started plotting my actual route. I ran past Humanities Plaza up to Stonemill, down Stonemill to Frericks and then up to Irving. It was about this point that I began thinking this whole thing might have been a little ambitious for a first campus-run. But clearly there was only one option: keep going. So, I trudged up Irving, up the terror of a hill, back up to Stuart Complex.

And then I stood for a solid 10 minutes just breathing and stretching. I felt okay after that, accomplished even. The real killer, though, was that the next day I decided it would be a good idea to lift weights and do lunges. Umm, why on Earth would that ever be a good idea?! Obviously, IÂ’m still paying for it. My legs hate me. However, I have had the great fortune of experiencing this before and I know that the pain will eventually subside. And then I will be able to start the whole process over again. Thank you, body, for reminding me why I need a routine.

So I had this brilliant plan to go on a run around campus. The RecPlex was closed because it was a little later in the evening and it closes earlier in the summer, so I thought to myself “A run around campus would be nice and scenic and refreshing.” Mind you, I don’t usually run outside or on hills, etc. But I was confident that this run would be wonderful. I started down Stuart Hill, passing VWK sophomore dorm and stopped on the sidewalk in the middle of KU field to stretch. I was feeling okay at this point, just getting warmed-up. Then I started plotting my actual route. I ran past Humanities Plaza up to Stonemill, down Stonemill to Frericks and then up to Irving. It was about this point that I began thinking this whole thing might have been a little ambitious for a first campus-run. But clearly there was only one option: keep going. So, I trudged up Irving, up the terror of a hill, back up to Stuart Complex.

And then I stood for a solid 10 minutes just breathing and stretching. I felt okay after that, accomplished even. The real killer, though, was that the next day I decided it would be a good idea to lift weights and do lunges. Umm, why on Earth would that ever be a good idea?! Obviously, IÂ’m still paying for it. My legs hate me. However, I have had the great fortune of experiencing this before and I know that the pain will eventually subside. And then I will be able to start the whole process over again. Thank you, body, for reminding me why I need a routine.