I will choose a path that’s clear

It’s one of those rare warm mid-winter days and it’s sunny and it would be a shame to leave such a wonderful day un-runned, so I headed out on my lunch break and ran around the park. Ahh, so much better than a treadmill! It was probably somewhere between 3 and 3.5 miles (thanks inaccurate thingumbobber) but I didn’t really push it too hard today, just got out there and loosened my legs up and relaxed. They needed a good loosening-up! I’m sore. And my knees are being a little weird– the IT band was twingey. I suspect I just need to get some really good stretching in over the weekend and let myself mend.

There was a fantastic moment out on the trail– I ran over the crest of a big hill and Freewill by Rush was on the ipod and I just sang along to myself with a big grin on my face. I wish all my runs were like that!

Afterward I came back to the gym to shower and dress. The locker room was really busy; I guess lots of people have been doing classes at the gym for their new years’ resolutions. But the air was full of weight loss talk and I felt exposed and scrutinized. I’ve always had a bit of a complex about ‘belonging’ at the gym (fat woman? not trying to lose weight? what are you doing at the gym?) but after going there for a while there’s a sense of community that I like, we all chat and it’s relaxed and accepting. All the new people sort of throw that off, though: they’re all WEIGHT-LOSS GOALS and it’s not so comfortable.

Oh well. I can console myself with the knowledge that things will be back to normal in a month.

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1 Response to I will choose a path that’s clear

  1. Tori says:

    Yup, it’s one of the reasons I’m hesitant about joining a gym here. But there’s a new one close by opening soon that is supposedly doing a $9.99/month introductory rate. Given that my running partner is working on an ankle injury, gym-ing would be a very convenient way that we could each do our individual workouts but still be more or less together for it.

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