I am Awesome

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
An awesome possum. That's not an exaggeration either. Well, at least I feel awesome. You see, for the first time since Saturday when I did my first group run/class, I went running again.

Even though the temperature has dropped, the sun has disappeared and it's threatening to rain, I decided to stay inside and run on the treadmill. Plus, it allowed mom (who refuses to even say the words "run" or "jog") to use the exercise bike beside me. At first I thought perhaps I might just do a portion of the weekly run (walk 2 min, run 1 min, 6 times) but after the 3rd minute of running, I was eager to get going...I actually felt like running longer than the 1 minute and had to rein myself in! But I stuck it out and did the full 6 sets of 2 and 1's and felt wonderful. And as with the group run on Saturday, I still feel great an hour later. There are pros and cons to both running scenarios (i.e. outside with group/inside alone) and I'm not sure which I prefer.

Running inside is not dependent on the weather. This is good as it means I can run/walk all year round regardless of storms, snow, or sun but because I'm inside, I don't get the benefit of the fresh air. However, I'm not staring at my feet worried about uneven pavement, potholls, or gobs of spittle the size of a tennis ball. It's in a secure area which is also good as I don't have to worry about creepy types lurking in the river valley ready to stuff my headless corpse into a suitcase. Don't laugh, it's happened. This is not so worriesome in the early evenings after work but I'm more of a morning person, up at at least 5am most mornings and would prefer to get exercise in early in the day. Coincedentally this is the same time that the exercise room opens. Excellent. However, there is the problem of the grunts and groans associated with overly muscled, sweaty men who don't understand the finer points of weightlifting. More on this issue below. Running with the group each week would probably make me push myself a bit harder than I would working out on my own inside. But there's a fine line between pushing myself a bit harder and pushing myself too much as I try to not look like a complete fatty, huffing and puffing trying to run fast enough so as to not be left behind the rest of them and ending up injuring myself. Ahem...this Saturday was a good example and I ended up not being able to try running for 3 1/2 days.

Back to the overly muscled, sweaty men. Ewwww. Am I the only one who thinks that if you close your eyes in a gym and just listen...it almost sounds like a porno? As the Admiral and I plodded along on the bike and treadmill respectively, a big sweaty guy behind us started grunting and groaning as he pumped some iron. And then a sound I never thought I would have heard in a gym setting. As my back was to the room it was hard to tell but I could have sworn it sounded as though he was ... pumping himself. Anyone who's ever seen a porn flick (or if you're a guy in general), you know the sound I'm talking about. And when it's combined with enough grunting and groaning to make an adult film star blush...let's just say I was glad it was the end of my little work out.

Essentially I'm torn. Do I run inside or out? I would prefer outside with the group if I had a friend who had joined the clinic with me. Everyone else signed up with a friend or three except me. I'm sure running outside is a much better workout for you given the various ups and downs of the terrain but I'm worried about falling behind the rest of the group. I don't mean ending up a mile and a half behind them but rather not being able to keep up with the rate of increases in the running times each week. Hmm, quite the quandary. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to see what the crowd is like tomorrow morning bright and early (provided I'm not too tired) and hopefully give the treadmill another go.

In the meantime, bask in the glow of my awesomeness.


Wandering Coyote said...

I am SO GLAD you're awesome!! Happy to hear it!

I am a veteran of many gyms, having been a weightlifter myself and married previously to a bodybuilder (oh, the stories...), so grunting is par for the course. What I have a problem with is just your average gym etiquette, which a surprising amount of people (mainly men) don't get.

As for the indoor/outdoor thing...why not do both? Don't choose!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

The glow of your awesomeness is brighter than 1000 suns.

nwtrunner said...

As a long-time runner (25 years) I can tell ya that for at least my first 15 years or so I'd not go near a treadmill. Now I have one in my house - I wouldn't use it as the sole source basis for training for a marathon or whatever, but there are days when there's a good hockey or football (CFL - not EPL!) game on and it's just fun to do the treadmill. Or when it's 45 below outside, although I've run outside as low as 48 below. And ran through a few Edmonton winters when I wuz at U of Alberta.

So like Coyote said - why not do both and enjoy both? Sweaty grunting men not withstanding.

The glow of your awesomeness I'm sure is infectious!

And yeah, it's been a while since I commented on your Captain's Log.

sp said...

Yay you ran again! That is awesome! I suspect the group run would be motivating. Having never done one though (except for events) I wouldn't know. I like treadmills when it I get tired of running the same old routes outside and when the weather is really nasty. Whatever you decide you'll soon notice that the more you do it the easier it will get.

scout said...

that IS totally awesome...you ARE totally awesome! as for the guy/weights thing, i think this is prob why we're seeing more women's gyms springing up :D

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I like working out in the privacy of my basement where I can blast the music as loud as I like, but I used to love running outside, especially in the early morning. DO both!

SME said...

You have my undying respect. The closest I get to running is a medium trot when I see a bus coming or something...

Heather said...

I say run outside while the weather is good, then take out a membership for six months or so at a gym for the colder weather. Preferably one that has the fitness room away from the weight room.

Or run inside and invest in good headphones.

Captain Karen said...

Thanks for the great comments everyone! I think that I'm going to stick to the running indoors for the time being due to convenience, privacy, and safety. However, the RR does provide free group runs 2x a week for anyone who wants to attend so I might pop in now and again and take advantage. And I will still continue to combine running with long walks outside which the admiral has agreed to take part in.

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