Tuesday, January 8, 2013
You Get What You Give
I tried something new at the gym today. Not because I wanted to, because I had to. I have been nursing an injury to my right ankle/foot for the past month. When I take time off from pounding the pavement, or run the trails, it doesn't bother me. I needed to find another option. I hopped on the elliptical machine. I had not been on one in a decade. These machines have come a long way. All kinds of buttons and a flippin' tv. I did not turn mine on.
I think you get what you give with this type of machine. If you want to talk on your phone or FaceBook, I guess you could do that. (the ladies next to me were) But, why would you do that? Don't you pay a lot of money to belong to a gym? Aren't you here for a reason? I consider my workout time MY TIME! No one is allowed to interfere. ( unless it's an emergency) I do NOT want to be bothered so, I leave my phone in the car. I may have appeared very anti-social or stuck-up to those around me. I had blinders on. I was on a mission. It was to sweat. It was to push myself. Try to be better than I was last time. I owe that to myself. I owe it to myself to be the best I can be on that particular day. I will not settle. I can do better,I can do more, and I can go longer if I stay focused.
After 6,000 steps, roughly 40 minutes, I hopped off and it felt like I was still on it. Neither of the ladies next to me had broken a sweat. I was dripping. See, you get what you put into it. I walked over to stretch and my son said " that is what you are supposed to look like when you get off a piece of cardio equipment" while pointing at me. Yes, I looked a hot mess. I smiled real big because I had earned that glisten. After I had 45 minutes of weights, sledgehammer, and pushing the weighted sled, I looked even better. In my opinion.
While I am not an indoor runner, I think I can be for a while. I will embrace the elliptical for now, it is better than nothing. I have a half-marathon, 13.1 miles, trail run on Saturday at 5pm. Stay tuned to see how that goes.
Posted by Wendy Davis at 1:32 PM