Running Again

Day 29 – This was a really good day at the gym; I didn’t go planning to do any running, but when I got there, the crowd was pretty overwhelming on the floor. In fact, the area where I do my warm-up stretch and the machines I usually use first were all occupied. I guess that’s a good thing because lots of people were working on their fitness.

I looked up at the track on the second level and, much to my surprise, no one was up there. My new Saucony’s were on my feet so it just made sense to go do some laps. My new running strategy at the gym is pretty simple. I don’t run on the treadmills much anymore and doing distance upstairs is not very attractive to me so I walk and sprint. Interval training/wind sprints seem to give me the most bang for my time.

Just a couple of miles of that kind of running really works out my legs. Afterward, I did some abductor/adductor stretching for my hips, several hundred crunches, and about a half hour of free weights. I’m trying to lift heavier weights to work my shoulders without getting a lot of bulk. I watch the guys around me who really look good with their big chests and arms and I really admire what they’ve done. It’s just not for me.

This session closed out with 10 minutes on the Stair Master and that really burned out my legs. Afterward, while I felt really spongy, I felt good at the same time because my body is responding better than I expected. The goal now is to just keep improving.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23 [ESV]

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