Which one of these things doesn't belong in a gym?
Okay, here's the story. Angel signed up to run three 5Ks this spring. He hasn't run since 2007, so he wanted to start training two weeks before his first race.
It is freezing cold here right now, so Angel did not think that running outdoors sounded like fun. A $30 1 month gym membership at the community center sounded like more fun, and for $15, he could add on a second family member, so Angel thought that a month of gym dates for the two of us was called for.
I am no runner. I never could have imagined that I would be going to a gym regularly, even over just the short time span of a month. Paying to exercise? So weird. But it's time spent with Angel, and exercise isn't a bad thing, so I'm in.
Only, Angel makes fun of me for wearing jeans to the gym. I've mentioned before that I don't own any athletic pants/shorts and I certainly won't buy a pair just for a month.
So, these days, Angel and I head to the gym on the mornings when he's not working. He goes straight to the treadmill and runs 4 miles, while I experiment with the elliptical and do all of the weight machines with the weights set at 5-15 lbs, which I think is perfect, because I should be doing light weights for my wrist and back pain anyway.
I feel like a bit of an imposter surrounded by people who actually have exercise pants and iPods. I'm not a gym girl, and I never will be.
But I do have athletic shoes. And I'm using them. So that's something to be grateful for. Sure, I picked them out 3 years ago because they are grey and pink and they still look as perfect as they day they were purchased...but the shoes help me look the part, I think.
For the record, it's not that I don't exercise at all. I prefer activity-type exercise over pure exercise. I'd rather play Just Dance, or, in the summer, bike. To me that's much more exciting than hanging out in a room full of rather intimidating machines and boring televisions.
This Saturday was the first 5K for Angel. It was about 30 degrees, but I bundled up and went along for moral and photographical support. This was my first time at a race of any kind! It seemed like pure chaos to me, but other people seemed to know what was going on. Here's cute Angel in his racing clothes:
He was not happy at all with his results: 20:49, which meant 191st place out of 3332 people. I mean, according to my mathematical calculations, that's still in the top 6%, which impresses me, but Angel is not impressed. Oh well, maybe you can't expect to not run for seven years and do really good on a race after two just weeks of training.
What about you? Are you a gym person or a runner or none of the above?