Sunday, January 1, 2012

It Has Arrived

It is now 2012. Can you believe it? I am not entirely sure where 2011 went, but 2012 promises to be filled with just as much excitement.
The funny thing is that I would have loved to start the year off with a run this morning, but being a blind athlete means you either rely on someone else to guide you when out running, or, you run on a treadmill. Since the gym is closed for the Holiday, that eliminates that option and there is not a soul around to run outside with. There is no snow on the ground here, and although it's a bit chilly, it would have been a great day for a run; a good start to the year.
However, if I can't run, I suppose I'll have to do something and so, I will probably get in a good 45 minute core workout later this evening. I've learned over the years that in order to be a successful blind athlete, one must be flexible and be willing to change plans; at least to a certain degree. Adaptability will be the one skill that will serve me well in the upcoming year.
Just because I can't run today, does not mean I should sit on my rear end and think about how I want to be running. It means that I need to be creative and find a different way to get some kind of physical conditioning in. There will be other days like this, where I will not be able to train in the manner I would prefer, and so learning to adapt and creatively think early on in this process will be beneficial.
Tomorrow is another day, the gym will be open and the treadmills will be there. Today, crunches, planks and other forms of torture will be my poison. :)


  1. Happy New Year! (Do you have any stairs you could run up and down? Works your legs and lungs very well--this from an old-time crazy "stairclimber.") Good luck!

  2. I would like to make 2012 be the year I start getting into a more healthy routine. Do you have suggestions on exercises I could do at home? And things to do on my treadmill other than to just walk on it for whatever period of time?

    If you can help me, please send it via e-mail so I can access it readily. I would love to get into the habit of working out at least a few times a week.


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