-“Sarah-Style” Training Works…In More Ways Than One!-
Okay…around the time that I began this blog, which was only back in October of 2008, I had realized that running wasn’t perhaps the best idea for me. Why? Well, I began to notice that even a short run (20 minutes) would leave me exhausted and in a zombie-like state for the rest of the day. I am hypothyroid, take Synthroid, and as far as I know, things are a-ok…BUT…I will say that since my thyroid began to tank (roughly nine years ago), my body hasn’t been able to withstand long bouts of exercise. I am also more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Long story short, i’ve had to learn my limits. Trust me, I wasted plenty of time overtraining back in my fitness competition days. That stuff was insane, and I feel it helped push my thyroid over the edge. Nowadays, my workouts are pretty intense and last no more than 45 minutes. I listen to my body. Some days, my body tells me that 30 minutes is enough, and I end it there. I train SMARTER not harder.
With this being said, i’m supposed to be playing soccer again, starting in March. I haven’t been running. Soccer obviously involves a ton of running, so i’m realizing I need to spend some time with the ball at my feet beforehand. It’s a gorgeous day today, and I decided to take Biskit (my Parson Russell Terrier) for a jog. I set a limit of 20 minutes, and had no idea how fatigued i’d get.
We jogged for 20 minutes and it was a piece of cake!
So…what’s the point of all this?
I haven’t been running, and instead have been focusing on kettlebell training, bodyweight, and resistance band exercises. Like I said above, my workouts are intense. I don’t rest more than necessary, and I focus on quality, not quantity (in terms of workout time, reps, etc). In decreasing rest between exercises, i’ve managed to improve my aerobic capacity. I knew i’d been doing something right, because in the past four months, my overall conditioning has definitely improved…i’m leaner, stronger, and feel better overall. I guess I just didn’t realize how much easier it would make running! I could have continued running today, but Biskit was tired and I didn’t want to push it. I wanted to see how I felt for the rest of the day, so i’ll report back later on that.
So, if anyone’s wondering if kettlebell/interval/metabolic training can improve aerobic capacity, my answer is a big DUH…YES! 🙂
This entry was posted on February 3, 2009 by fitprosarah. It was filed under Exercises & Workouts, Kettlebell Training and was tagged with aerobic capacity, Biskit, Kettlebell Training, metabolic training, running, soccer, thyroid.