Or in my case, the shoes on my feet!
I blogged yesterday about my weekend, along with tidbits of trivial info. One such tidbit related to how I felt participating in Zumba classes was doing more harm than good for my legs, and making it very difficult to run the next day.
BigMamaT left a comment for which I am grateful. The best part was this:
3. What kind of shoes do you wear for zumba? There are special Zumba shoes that work well(so I've heard) or Tennis shoes that have the round circle on the ball of the foot help with easy sliding and twisting)
Y'know, I didn't stop to consider my shoes. They're older generic tennis shoes. They're not runners. They're stiff. When I first got them (well before I was Sparked!) they were stiff, and not that comfy, and I rarely wore them. For reals!
But my feet lost weight, so I decided to try the shoes again. I mean, we can't let decent shoes go to waste, right? Well, they're still stiff. They're broken in, it's just their nature I suppose.
I hadn't given them much thought until last evening. I was walking to the gym (I will always rather walk to get my cardio/warm-up out of the way than use a treadmill or bike, call me crazy!) and realized my legs were starting to hurt.
Really?? Yea. My shins started aching. I was pickin' em up and puttin' em down with a quickness. I don't lollygag about when I'm walking to the gym. I'm hot-footin' it! It dawned on me, thanks to BigMamaT, that it's the stinkin' shoes causing the problem!
IT'S THE STINKIN' SHOES, NOT THE ZUMBA!
There was much rejoicing with this thunderbolt of realization hitting me!
Yes, I've worn other shoes in which to Zumba. Yes, Zumba is now also a verb as well as a noun. BigMamaT is right - one needs the ability to slide and swivel and shake and shimmy and twist and shout (shout!) while Zumba'ing. My shoes were preventing me from doing these various required moves.
Think I didn't shed my shoes for Zumba class last night and slide around in my socks? Oh yes I did!
I danced, I shimmied, I turned around, I wiggled, I shook my groove thang like I stole it!
My legs are happy today. My spirit is happy. I don't have to stop making a fool of myself in public while I fling myself about doing my version of dancing!
On a related, but not, side note....
I love you all to pieces. Some of your comments had me going 'pfffffft!' though.
I did 10 miles, yes. I was beat at the end, and how!
I do a run/walk/run interval of 30 seconds/30 seconds (with a few 1 minute/1 minute intervals thrown in for variety!).
I am slow. It took me 2:20 to run that 10 miles. That's an average 14 min/mile.
Many of you can WALK faster than I can run.
Do not be intimidated by that number. 10 is a big number, sure, but it is certainly within your reach, your capabilites!