I was back at the gym today with the rest of the old folks. My little old man friend, who doesn’t even know he’s my friend, was there walking on the treadmill again. I came THIS close to asking him to do an interview and find out how old he is and why he makes the trip to the gym at his age, but I was too busy sweating out TWO pounds of sweat. Yes, I weighed myself before and after, and that includes drinking a full 20 ounces of water during the torture session.
What kind of runner are you? 1) Love the treadmill. (Weirdo) 2) Won’t be caught dead running on a treadmill. ( Hardcore or purist) or 3) I do what I have to do to train for races, and sometimes that means running on a treadmill. (Majority) For once, I am in the majority. Usually I prefer to buck the system and yes, I do run in extreme weather sometimes, but I think treadmills and gyms have a purpose. I went to the gym very few times in 2018. I think I’ve already been more times in 2019 than last year! But last year was a weird year with the injury and loads of stress that life threw at me. This year will be different, I hope.
So anyway, I went to the gym because I wanted to sweat on the Stairmaster, which I did , for 30 minutes. And I made myself run for one hour on the treadmill. I was watching The Price is Right since I didn’t get there until late, which seems to be my norm lately. I used to get up and run early when I had running buddies. Part of me wants to go back to that routine, but part of me says, nah, do my own thing. Today I listened to a podcast on the Stairmaster and then watched Drew give away money and prizes while on the treadmill. I also watched a little Spanish news because the Price is Right was finished before I was .
The gym was almost empty as usual on a Wednesday mid-morning, but there were a few oldsters in there. Then a few other people came and went , walking or running a mile on the treadmill while I ran my six. I think they just do a little cardio to go with their weight lifting.
So I had the goal of one hour, which I figure I should be able to get six miles. I actually needed an extra 1:52 to get to six but I didn’t want to stop. The mind games started before I even got to three miles. “Maybe three is enough since I did 30 minutes on the Stairs. NO! You said you’d do an hour, do it.” “I’m getting tired. Maybe 5 miles is enough. No! You can do it. Stop watching the clock.” “I am so bored. This is good mental training. Keep going.” “Groan. How long are these minutes!?’ “Only one mile to go, no biggie. You got this.” “Finished!!! Yes! Mental high five.”
By the way, I also ran 5 miles Monday and Tuesday. I am really working on getting back into my previous running condition. I got so lazy last year. But my hiking adventure gave me some motivation to get in better shape. The lady that I went with is very fit and strong and I want to be able to keep up with her. We are the same age. Hopefully we will be taking more trips together and I want to be able to run on those hikes, not just hike . I took a few pics of my little gym for your enjoyment but I didn’t get one of the old man. Maybe next time. 🙂