If you read with any regularity, you know that my workouts used to be 95% cardio-based with just a sprinkle of strength training for good measure. I was a runner and hiker, first and foremost, and anything else was basically just a way to fill a gap in my workout schedule when neither running nor hiking was a possibility for that day. Oh, how the tides have turned.
These days, I am lucky if I fit in 3 mediocre cardio sessions per week, all of which have been relegated to the spin bike. I find myself talking about how I need to get my cardiovascular endurance back, how I see it as a sign of my overall fitness. I say it wistfully, recalling my former cardio glory while simultaneously wondering how I will ever get it back. Admittedly, every time I’ve tried to get back into the cardio game, I’ve been left feeling discouraged, disappointed, and woefully unfit. This even though I’m lifting more, lifting heavier, and finding myself significantly stronger. Still, despite these gains in other areas, I’ve always felt this underlying need to reassert myself as a cardio queen.
I’ve been wondering lately if all this longing for days of cardio past is wasted energy. Perhaps it’s time to focus instead of my continued gains in strength training. It’s what I most often feel like doing these days. It’s what makes my body feel best. It can also be one hell of a challenging workout. I used to run so much because I felt it was the only way to stay fit. Well, when running causes your body to fall apart (only a slight exaggeration), you have to start to reconsider whether it’s worthwhile. When cardio, in general, makes you dread and curse every second of your workout, maybe it’s time to admit that it’s not what you need right now.
I’m wondering if it’s time for cardio and I to go on a little break, you know, like Ross-and-Rachel-from Friends style.* I’m not sure how long it’ll last. Maybe we’ll get back together in the end. But for now, cardio just doesn’t feel right anymore. Sorry, cardio, I’m just not that into you right now.
*If there’s anyone out there who actually doesn’t know what I’m referring to, I couldn’t resist sharing this gem.