Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Running

So I finally joined a gym this month. Yup. You read that right. A $10.00 a month gym but a gym! I had to go check it out THREE times before I got the nerve to sign up. How pathetic!

I used to run. A lot. But since I birthed Seren, I haven't had regular exercise. And I think the jury is still out whether this will help. But I'm going with it.

So far, so good.

I've made a few observations and learned a few lessons.

1)I don't like it when women wear thongs to work out. When it is just obvious? Gross.

2)I don't have the right 'gear' for this. My stuff is some hiking clothes, some old t-shirts, a pair of old yoga pants. I look like a goof. Then again, at my gym, I fit right in with looking 'off'. See lesson learned number 1 for evidence.

3) I cannot drink water while running. Others can. I have decided it has more to do with the type of water bottle I'm using than my 'coordination'. (ahem).

4) Ear plugs that go around your ears/wrap around are essential. I spent more time holding on to my ear phones last night than focusing on my breathing while running.

5)I'm out of shape but that is kinda the point. We bought season passes to a local amusement park- Sesame Place- and if I go, I have to be in a bathing suit for most of the day. This is good motivation. That and the fact that seared into my minds' eye is the image of my butt from last summer. Ugh. I deleted the pic from my camera. But lets just say, the damage was done.

6) I'm thrilled to have this part of my life back (at least temporarily!) After 8 weeks on bed rest, there wasn't much muscle tone. I think it has stayed that way since Wyeth was born. Time to make a change!

7) I have no idea how much to stretch and when. And which muscles. No one there seems to stretch. Aren't you supposed to warm up for 5-10 minutes. Stretch and then run? Or is that circa high school 1995 guidance?

Wish me luck in keeping this up!

4 comments:

Rachel S said...

No stretching required anymore. It is all up to you what you do. But good for you for getting to the gym!

LauraC said...

Good for you! Obviously I have kept up my running and I do it because it keeps me sane.

Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

I'm impressed. The new Wii Fit game that my sister got me for Christmas has not yet been opened. Embarrassing.

I don't know about most of these, but I do have a water bottle recommendation for you. It's from REI and it's called a Camelbak and it's the best thing EVER. I can use it while nursing, chasing a toddler, or hiking up a mountain (I've never tried it while doing all three, but I could probably still use it even then). It has a flip-up straw so you don't have to tip it, and the straw has a bite valve so the thing never spills. Sebastian even has his own, that is how wonderful it is.

Good luck in keeping this up if it makes you feel great. : )

Jessica Phillips-Silver said...

YAY! can I come?