Friday, April 27, 2007


Well, not the computer itself, but the time I spend sitting in front ot it? That time is considerable.

Sitting for so long:
  • Puts pressure on my sit-bones and sacrum and the muscles and nerves around them. When I run, these areas ache and are so tight that over the course of a longer run I'm feeling like I can hardly keep moving my legs.
  • Slows my venous return... my lower legs retain fluid, which is slow to dissipate.
  • Burns hardly any calories; my weight is slowly climbing, which puts a heavier, slower load on my legs.
  • Uses time I could be using for training. Really: Do I do the training, or do I read about it? Do I train, or do I write about it?

And I suspect the computer itself, or rather my absorption with its monitor screen, causes me to space out in some way -- alters my brain waves or something. I get to feeling sleepy and mentally sluggish. And then I don't even want to train.

I have such exciting hopes and goals: qualify for Boston, run an ultra (or more than one); thru-hike the Appalachian trail, a newly-forming plan (based on a lifelong fantasy) that I haven't mentioned here yet, until now.

But I'm not going to get to any of it if I don't get out from in front of the computer.

But the computer is where I get all my information, and my inspiration in the form of my friends and their stories, which are remarkably similar to mine.


Faithful Soles said...

Ellie, your post and entire blog are absolutely awesome and very inspiring! I have said a prayer for you that you make your Boston qualifying time. I have been blessed enough to run it 3 times, having qualified by only 24 seconds the first time, and it is truly one of the greatest thrills any runner can experience.

If you get a chance, please visit my running web site, Faithful Soles. I have a categorized and searchable running Blog Database on there and would appreciate it if you would link your blog to it. I know many of our members would enjoy reading about what you are doing. Thanks.

Flo said...

I have been thinking the exact same thing lately. My hips and lower back have really been giving me problems and I've pretty much decided it's the computer. I sit longer than I should. I don't sit properly. My chair is probably all wrong for me. Etc..... I may have to limit my time and see what happens.

Now, as for your goals. It has long been a dream of mine to hike the Appalachian Trail. I'd love to do the whole thing though don't know if I could find the time. But I'd at least like to do some of it. I was thinking for a while of hiking a section of it every year until I got through the whole thing. Eh, who knows.

Coach Tammy said...

I refuse to be part of the problem. Therefore, I have nothing inspirational to say. NOW GET OUT THERE AND TRAIN!!!!

Favorite Apron said...

I have also always dreamed of a thru hike on the AT. I"ve read every book - always thought that as a homeschoolinng family, we'd do this with the kids. That, plus bike around Ireland, and a bunch of other things.
Well, here we are with the oldest graduating next year. There's this little nagging problem with our plan -- the whole thing about husband taking 5 months off work to do it!

ShirleyPerly said...

I have the same problems and try to limit my time to no more than 2 hours in one sitting. That said, I can still end up sitting in front of one for 8-10 hours a day since my consulting involves using a computer ...

I wish there was a way it would turn itself off and say "you can't use me now because you're supposed to be out training!"