After 2 years of talking about it, I’ve finally made a commitment to get the other half of my body into shape and signed for membership up at a local Gym. I think had it not been for the horrible air quality we’ve been experiencing in California, I would’ve found more excuses not to sign up.
The first couple days at the Gym I was a little intimidated , because I was absolutely clueless on how to use the machines or what the heck it is that you’re supposed to do to tone up and bulk up. I mean, I’m a decent marathon walker, but I don’t know anything about weight training. Well, the insecurity didn’t last long . I quickly learned my way around , and I have to admit… it’s pretty cool working out in a modern air conditioned building with other people! Lots of high tech stuff to play with, TVs everywhere, and because I go in early the morning, the machines I use are always available ( I love the new Hoist workout machines). I have a really cool personal trainer that I hit it off with right off the bat (especially after he told me he couldn’t believe I was 53 years old. ) His name is also Steve and he’s gonna help guide me in obtaining my goals of toning and strengthening my increasingly flabby upper body (Its hard to hide from the sight of your own flab when your surrounded by floor to ceiling mirrors).
Believe it or not, this is first time I’ve ever worked out on a treadmill outside of the hospital! I was totally shocked on just how slow I was walking the first time I used it. I had a hard time maintaining even a 15 min/mile pace for any length of time , (something that I do all the time outdoors), but after just a few days , I’m already getting faster and now I’m able to doing multiple 2-3 minute racewalking intervals at an 11 min pace. Not bad considering that I’m racewalking on the treadmill, not running on it. The only bad thing is that I somehow managed to get another blood blister under one of my toenails, probably from toeing off incorrectly on the treadmill. (The last black toenail I got took 5 months to shed.)
In the coming days , I’ll be crafting a new exercise schedule which will incorporate both Gym workouts and long distance walks. Now that Ive added cross training to the marathon training equation, I don’t mind calling myself a real athlete in training!