In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to check out a new gym. For $10 per month and no commitment, I wasn't sure what to expect.
I was impressed! The gym is large, clean, filled with new equipment, and not filled with big egos. The staff is friendly and didn't try to pressure me into upgrading my membership to one of the more costly options. There are plenty of free weights, weight machines, and lots of cardio machines!
At my old gym, there were too many grunting, sweaty, guys with egos larger than their overworked biceps. The staff & trainers wouldn't give you the time of day unless you had an appointment... or if they were trying to get me to recruit my friends and family. There were times when I'd notice at least three or four broken machines. While the group instructors at my old gym were great, the rest of the gym wasn't worth the money they took out of my account each month.
I had a great workout last night and can't wait to go back tomorrow! I'm happy that I signed up... especially since I made the decision to not run for another week or so. I want to give my heel another rest. In the meantime, I plan to get used to walking barefoot, learn the Chi method, strengthen my weak spots, and cross train. My goal is to start fresh with new & improved running form (Chi), prepare myself to run either barefoot or with minimal footwear (as long as it helps), and to hopefully lose as little conditioning as possible while I wait to run.
My Awesome Yoga Moves
At the end of my workout, I did my usual set of stretches. My favorite of all the stretches is the pigeon pose. If you aren't familiar with this delightful Yoga pose, please refer to the hand-drawn figure below:
This is an artist rendering of me, doing the half-pigeon pose. It is a great stretch for runners because it opens the hips and helps prevent IT Band injuries.*
I was in my own little iPod World when I was doing my stretches and didn't notice that one of the trainers was watching me. As I was leaving, he said good-bye (something my old gym never did) and told me he liked my pigeon-pose. I was both flattered and a little bashful.
In my usual verbal-communicationally-challenged way, I stuttered and mumbled something like, "Oh. Well. Uh. I'm a runner."
Yes, I'm just that smooth when a young, good-looking man compliments me on my pigeon-pose. Good thing I'm married and planning on staying that way, or I'd be destined for Old-Maidhood!
This is how cool my new gym is: The trainer didn't look at me in that bewildered way I'm so used to... he got it! He said, "Yes. That is a great stretch for runners! Really opens up the hips." Ahhhh... awkward moment deflected.
As I fled the gym, kicking myself for saying such stupid things, I knew I made a good decision. I think I'm really going to like working out there... at least one of the trainers seems to understand what runners need. I like that.
*If, for some strange reason, my artistic talent doesn't give you enough information about this great stretch, Google it! It's well worth it!
Another Surf City Update
Thanks to blogger friend, Glenn, at The Running Fat Guy, I learned that I cannot pick up my race packet the day of the race. Now our plans are to stay at a hotel about 10 miles from the start (about $400 less expensive than our original start-line hotel plan). Fortunately, the new hotel includes a shuttle service for two to the starting line. So, we will head up on Saturday, go to the Expo, pick up my race packet, stay overnight, and go home on Sunday.
I am really looking forward to the Surf City Half Marathon!! Wheee!
Happy Friday, everyone!! The weekend is here!