>> Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ah, the gym selfie.
I haven't shared many of these types of photos in the last couple years. Probably because we weren't members of a gym. Probably because I find these kinds of shots annoying, both to take and share. Probably because the vast majority of my workout wear is old, mismatched, and smelly. You can't inhale Instagrams, but to be safe, please don't get too close.
I'm just excited, you see: I worked out in broad daylight with other adults in my midst.
I wrote more about why and how we joined a gym (with our limited budget) on Writing Chapter Three. Now, I consider myself foremost an outdoor, solo-runner. It brings me the most joy and satisfaction to set out on a slick, snowy path in the cold darkness and be completely alone with my thoughts. One foot in front of the other. No regard for pace because I don't wear a watch 90% of the time.
So, yeah. Running on the treadmill with my stats front and center is difficult for me. I don't plan to do much running at the gym anyway. At least nothing over 6 miles. It was the pool that reminded me why it was such a good idea to join.
- 4.5 miles running (steady 8:30 miles)
- 1/2 mile swimming***
- driving there/getting it all done/showering/driving home before Ada's nap
***Obviously I'm not a real swimmer -- nor will I ever pretend to be -- because I have no idea how many yards that is. I am even too lazy to look it up on Google. It probably took me 25 minutes with my bastardized breast stroke. The lifeguard said to me: "Hey, whatever works!"
The locker room selfie.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are going to be my gym workout days. My parents have generously offered to watch Ada for 2 hours each of these days, which gives me enough time to get in what I did today. Perhaps even a class if I'm feeling frisky. I'm eying a kettlebell one.
Mostly, I want to swim a mile each time. I have to work back up, but half a mile wasn't too difficult. When I was swimming a mile 2 to 3 times a week way back in 2010, it dramatically improved my running performance. (I wrote a post about how humbling the experience was here.)
I'm super slow, but my heart pounds in my chest. Yet it also feels incredibly relaxing.
There's also all sorts of fun stuff like yoga that I'd love to get back into. Stephen and I will also be taking advantage of the childcare at the gym and possibly take a spinning class together. Who knows. The possibilities are many!
This isn't the last you'll be hearing of the gym. However, I will not be posting more photos like these
What's your workout today?
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