I Survived Spin Class!

Let me share a secret with you – I hate spinning! I know that there are some of you completely aghast right now.  But truly, I have not been able to get in to this spin craze.  I keep trying it because I’ve heard nothing but good things about its benefits, especially for cross training as a runner.

Last year around this time, 5 months after my surgery, I tried a spin class taught by a coworker.  It didn’t suck as much as my previous attempts. The instructor helped me to understand gear shifting and positions which made it easier to follow along.  However my incision wasn’t too happy with being folded over the handlebars of the spin bike.  I had to stop halfway through the class because the throbbing was way too much for me.  I haven’t been back to a spin class since.

That is, until tonight.  A friend of mine from undergrad teaches spin class at a large gym not too far from me.  He reached out to a bunch of us to try the class.  He even shared his music playlist on Facebook so that we would have a sense of how he rolled (or spun).  I decided to take him up on his offer tonight.

For the first time ever, I got through spin class.  It was definitely challenging but I was able to push through and hang in there.  I don’t know if it is because I am in much better shape than the previous times I tried.  Or if it’s because I understand how it works. Or if it’s because the music was really banging.  But whatever it was, I made it through the class. Not only that but I followed it up with a 30 minute core workout class! I’m sure that I will be feeling the burn tomorrow but for right now I feel awesome!

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Have you ever tried a spin class? What exercise is your least favorite? How did you sweat today?

Women Overcome More than Breast Cancer

This post has been a long time coming.  I am a bit tired of the pinking which occurs in response to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Earlier this month, I saw this tweet which really spoke to me.

 In addition to DVAM it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Watch Pink Ribbons Inc & stop buying pink stuff #rethinkpink pic.twitter.com/vEqXXFCuTm — Lauren Chief Elk (@ChiefElk) October 6, 2013

Not that there aren’t organizations out there which work hard to provide research support for breast cancer as well as those who provide support for women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment and their families.  But, there are so many products out there which appear pink-washed this month that aren’t actually associated with anything except profits.

Because of that, I felt that I should make you aware of some of the reasons why women get hysterectomies and organizations which support them.

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Endometriosis – this occurs when the endometrium grows outside of the uterus. Consider a donation to the Endometriosis Association which spends 88% of their operating budget in support of research, education, and support for effected women.

Ovarian Cancer – Consider donations to the Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Foundation OR the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

Uterine Fibroids – This is what I suffered with.  Tumors that ranged in size from apple seeds to grapefruits.  Young African American women suffer the most from this according to a report in the Journal of Women’s Health discussed in today’s Huffington Post.   As an African American woman and a fibroid sufferer, my money goes to the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

I say all this to say that women are overcomers of so much more than breast cancer.  So on this Faith and Fitness Friday, I leave you with the following song which reminds me of how far I have come because of my faith in my recovery.

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!