Wow..long title much? I try, i try.
Today, on my daily walk across the street to the university’s gym (with a bit more blizzard added to the mix) I got to thinking how Ive been coming here almost every single day NON-STOP for the past forever months doing pretty much the same thing every day..and I still have my sanity.
When I was at my tip-top running shape, I was running EVERY.SINGLE.DAY rain,shine or snow. I would have Laughed in your face if you told me that running would injure me and Id be stuck inside with the bros. BUT HEY..it happend..
When I first got injured, i quit running cold turkey (if only i could give up my ice cream habit the same, i mean no). I knew that I had to keep doing some sort of physical activity, because if i didnt I might have gone BUHnanas, SOOO to the gym it was..
It was mind-numbing at first..i would STARE at the timer and think to myself “5 MINUTES ITS ONLY BEEN 5 MINUTES…IM SO BORED” and push through the next 45 minutes..but then i bucked up and learned to embrace different ways to improve my body so i could get back to the roads ASAP
I learned to love SWEET exercise machines..such as this weird contraption:
It was so awkward at first..but then it got kinda amazing, and seriously worked my butt off
I also made make sure to always have some sort of reading material to distract me when the moments drag on..usually its always the latest issue of this:
Another thing that turned me into a total gym rat was the new discovery of weights
I actually have some arm definition and do squats and lunges without wanting to die..when I started..i could barely do 5lb handweights..now the 15lbs are a piece of cake
Another thing I did was set challenges for myself..When i first started hitting up the gym if you asked me to do 20 sit ups, and a single pushups i would have walked right out of that gym..so i worked on them..i can now do full sit ups..like hundreds, and like 10 pushups..WIN! and now what else i can do now..TOUCH MY TOES..never could do that.
The gym is an OKAY place to go, and I enjoy my time spent there, and in the end its led me to an almost complete (knocks on wood) recovery from my shin splints and weak hips
So as I look towards my future and running..i will thank all those hours logged at the gym for giving me the ability to hit that pavement again with a stronger, more apprecitative outlook..
So as February rolls around, I will slowly say BUH BYE to the gym and hello to the never ending trails and paths, but keeping in mind how important strength and cross training really are to insuring a healthy, injury free running career
SO…Gym Time: Ye or Ney?