Stairs, Endurance & Practice tonight…

I haven’t really been blogging every time I do the stairs, but I do them about 3 times a week.

For those who need a reminder – I do the stairs to the 16th floor in the hospital (which amounts to  18 floors at approximately 16-24 steps per floor).  Its a workout, it takes about 9 minutes to get up, and 7 minutes to get down.  Down is easier for me than up :p

So that’s really been my only exercise, aside from walking around the hospital, and cleaning my house.  The kids take the dogs for a walk.  Running hasn’t happened.  Swimming with Ginger hasn’t happened. Yoga hasn’t happened.

What has happened, is depression and sadness and lack of interest in life.

But I did the stairs.

I also haven’t been at derby in the past 2 weeks.   I’ve had a couple emotional nights, and one night when I was WALKING OUT THE DOOR, and a plaintive voice from the bedroom said… “Mom, please stay home”  <insert heart breaking> and so I did.

But I did the stairs.

And I really didn’t think about it.  It was just part of my day.

Tonight, while the rest of the team was doing hitting drills, I did some endurance work.    Well, I actually just chased Mala Justed around the track.   It didn’t work out so well – she lapped me, but I skated the entire 5 minutes.  It was awesome.  I forgot to count how many, she didn’t count how many but it wasn’t about the number of laps, it was about skating for 5 minutes straight.

The really freaking awesome part about that?

It didn’t kill me.  I wasn’t dying for breath.  I was still able to talk at the end of it.  I was still able to have a freaking conversation.

Mala gave me some tips on how to get better – I’ll use them next practice – but I was so freaking excited to finish 5 minutes of skating and not be gasping for breath.

I think the stairs are working.


About sunnyjane

On a journey of fitness, health and healing. One blog focuses primarily on health & fitness ( and the other is about my path through widowhood ( Life is a Journey. I'm learning to enjoy the ride.
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