As many of you know I have started going to the gym, mostly to run off my anger. I have never been much of a runner. I can sprint for short distances (fastest kid in fourth grade thank you very much) but don't ask me to run further than a couple hundred metres. I could list a bunch of lame excuses but I'm not going to bother. Running requires discipline and controlled breathing similar to swimming. Let's just say that I am not a very disciplined person. Since I started going to the gym a few weeks ago I can now run a mile and a half before walking for a couple minutes and then starting up again. Not great I know, but not bad either. Along the way I have learned a few hard lessons about running on a treadmill especially if you are a grieving mother.
Number 1 - Letting tears fall on the treadmill is okay because nobody looks at you anyway. Sobbing on the treadmill is not good because if you're asthmatic you are one tiny step away from hyperventilating and people will notice. I only ever came close.
Number 2 - Never try to open your Sigg water bottle and take a big sip while you are actually running. This could lead to water down your shirt or worse yet the bottle slipping out of your hand and spilling all over the moving belt before shooting out behind you and hitting somebody in the leg. Yes, this actually happened to me! : )I should point out that it's not a sippy top.
Number 3 - Never try drinking water going down the stairs after a hard workout for similar reasons to above. I came close but managed to keep the bottle in my hand.
Number 4 - Always make sure that you know what time the gym is closing. You could end up in the whole place alone because the staff are too polite to tell you it's closing time.
Number 5 - Never try to walk on the treadmill backwards at a high speed especially if you are just trying to jump on off of the sides. Picture it!
Number 6 - When the sweat is pouring down your back and you can hear your heart beat in your head think of how hard a wee babe worked to breathe and keep on running for another minute. So easy!
Number 7 - Laugh at yourself! Life is still fun!
Love to you all,
8 Years an Angel
3 weeks ago