Here's the thing, I am not a gym person. Haven't been in one since college when it was free. I don't do Zumba, I don't use fancy exercise machines, I don't own cute matching work out clothes, and I certainly don't wear makeup while I exercise (unless I'm working out after work and the makeup is just left on from that morning.)
I scoffed at the people who sat in traffic to go sit on stationary bikes, and run in place like hamsters on a wheel. I would lace up my running shoes, or walk down the street to the yoga studio, and relish in the fact that I was burning 30% more calories by exercising outside, and would feel superior.
And as a runner, I
BUT. This winter decided to serve up the coldest December Pittsburgh has ever had since I've been here. (And if this is December I shudder when I think about January, and start to weep at the thought of February.)
Anyways, all of this is to say that it has been too cold to run. I can and will go out as long as it's at least 30 degrees. That just requires some bundling up. Runny Buddy and I went a couple weekends ago and it was 25, which was cold but manageable. Lower than 25 though, and well, I just cannot.
So when the forecast on Sunday looked like this:
and it has been a week and a half since I had last run, and was starting to feel the craziness that inevitably happens when I don't run, I gave in, stopped fighting mother nature, and joined a gym.
When it comes down to running on a treadmill vs. not running at all? The treadmill wins.
It's great. I can wear shorts and go running. I can go to yoga there for less money then I was paying previously, I can take a bus right from work. I can go late, or early, and the lack of sunlight doesn't matter. Also???? There's a sauna! A SAUNA YOU GUYS! It's 15 degrees outside and I can go hang out in a sauna any time I want!
As part of my membership I got a free work out with a trainer. I went in all smug thinking I just ran a marathon, I'm in good shape. Bring it on Trainer!
Ugh. Not that good of shape.
Trainer: "Do you do any strength training?"
Me: "I do yoga, and I have free weights at home."
Trainer: "Do you use them?"
Me: sigh. "no."
Trainer: "ok, we're just going to do some strength work that will focus on your hip flexors/core/and upper body since those are traditionally really weak in runners."
Half an hour later I was sweaty, hurting, and exhausted. 3 days later, I'm still sore.
So, strength training. Fine. I'll do it.
Anyways, I've already been 3 times this week, and I'm going back tonight. Yay gym!