Swing Your Arms
I listen to everything I’m told when it comes to speed skating. Unfortunately taking what I learn and attempting to make my body do it is a whole other story. Two weeks ago, we were running sprints and E. told us if we feel our feet slowing down, concentrate on swinging our arms faster and our feet will automatically follow suit.
It totally works. Seriously, try it. It’s freaky.
Also? Finally something I can actually do. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Kids are FUN! *Looks around for sarcastic font*
Last Wednesday Hockey Skating Husband and Speed Skating Son couldn’t come to dryland training which left only Hockey Skating Son and I. Hockey Skating Son is more than slightly skeptical that dryland will improve his hockey skating no matter how many times I tell him it will which is why I totally need someone else to explain to him how it will help because Rule No. 1 of parenting is that when parents tell their kids something, those kids will think their parents are completely wrong but the minute someone else tells them the exact same thing they will believe it–any takers?
So it was the two of us and I let him do his own thing until it came to the running. This past week we ran 6 minutes 10 seconds (I think?) and knew he’d have a hard time so I slowed down my pace and told him I’d run with him. For two laps I did this, then we rounded a corner and I was slightly ahead of him and E. yelled out “Don’t let your mom beat you” and didn’t the little fuc… munchkin take off and continue running fast for the rest of the time.
I am so not running with him next week.
My friend, Maija (who also writes for YMC) asked me where I get my motivation. Well, Maija, there are two primary motivations:
1) Humiliation: While I don’t ever think I’ll ever be a good speed skater I would like to not completely embarrass myself when I race at a meet next year. Doing all this extra stuff, I hope, will at least help me not suck as badly as I suck at the moment.
2) The tops of my thighs rubbing together and giving me a rash when I run wearing shorts.
But seriously, the real motivation is that this is the best I have felt in about five years–both mentally and physically–and no matter how much I don’t want to work out–and make no mistake there have been many times I haven’t wanted to–I do it because I always, ALWAYS feel better afterwards.
But the rubbing thighs is right up there too.