Monday, February 16, 2009

Running Again

I stopped running sometime in October, about the time my best friend came to visit and brought me a workout DVD. I'm really not a runner at heart - I've only ever tolerated it when it served a higher purpose, like helping me sprint down the lacrosse field faster or catch a long pass. Running for running's sake has never appealed to me, but my options are fairly limited here and I chose boredom over gaining weight.

Well, the workout video worked well enough, but I got bored with it, too, and for the past month or so I haven't done much at all. I've reached the critical stage where my shorts are clinging in ways I'd rather not discuss, so I decided it's time to crack down.

Ibis stopped running long before I did, but he sprints up and down the 60+ stairs at work all day long, and the weight took a little longer to catch up with him. But catch up it did, and two weeks ago he started running every morning. For three hours... *shakes head*

We've negotiated that every other day will be a "short" day so I can join him, and I'm proud to say I ran a mile and a half today, and walked the rest of two miles. He's been going to the city's public park and I had no idea that it has a track, a gym, and all kinds of exercise apparatus (apparatuses? apparati?)

There were a lot of people there so I think I'll be able to stick with this a little longer, plus we went long before the sun rose and it was still quite cool out. I just need to get our iPod shuffle in working order and I'll be all set!

14 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

How great you have that outdoor track and gym at your disposal!

Robin said...

Yay for you! I have been a sweaty gym rat for years, trying to keep the Aaron Fat Ass gene dormant. I always run with an ipod. I even tried watching an episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Terminator 2 on my ipod while running. It gave me a major headache.

WendyCinNYC said...

Good for you! I so hate running and will only do so for ass-minimizing purposes.

Penguin said...

The only time I will run is if someone is chasing me.
And that someone has to be big, otherwise, I will just stand there.

I don't run.

I found it is way to stressful on everything, body, mind, and soul.

Jenna said...

3 HOURS! Dear Lord what is he running 20 miles every morning?

I love intense, fast running...long, slow runs bore me. In fact, I was just multi-tasking, reading blogs and tweaking the old iPod for my runs :).

Turkey Lurkey said...

You go girl! That park sounds really cool!

I'd like to take up running, but the hills around here would kill me! Walking with my kids is out of the question since it would be the same as herding cats. So... I've been trying to talk Mr. Turkey into getting me a treadmill. I lurves the treadmill!

Nadine said...

Yay for running!! And yay for the ipod shuffle! I just got one for Christmas, I love it!!

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I'm just kicking myself that I didn't know it was there sooner.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I was a sweaty gym rat for years, right up until we moved here.

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, you and me both. :)

Melanie Avila said...

Penguin, that made me smile. I can't imagine something big enough to make you run.

Melanie Avila said...

Jenna, I think he's also using the gym equipment in that time, but he is a little insane. Or obsessed, as my dad put it.

That's awesome you're gearing up the iPod!

Melanie Avila said...

Turkey, LOL @ herding cats!

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, this is an old iPod - I think the first version that came out - but if it still functions that's all I need,