In high school, there was an elective class for weight training. I remember thinking, “Who in their right mind would sign up for extra gym classes?”
Now I think, “You mean, I could have earned credits just by working out?”
I find myself sort of slowly evolving into a fitness buff – and it’s kind of ironic that it took eleven years of living in this exercise-crazed city (state, even) for it to happen.
I only started running about a year ago, and age 29 has to be a pretty late age to start becoming physically active. And, let’s face it, sitting on the couch watching TV while eating pizza is still a fun option. So I’ve done / signed up for several (most small) races this summer to keep me motivated.
- May: half marathon and 10K
- June: 2K and 5K
- July: 3K
- August: 1mi and 5K
- September: potentially another half marathon?
I’ve also started setting some goals for myself. Some are BHAGs, and some I think are accomplishable for me with enough work. Problem is that some fall in the middle, and I’m not sure which those are. But I suppose they give me something to shoot for, right?
- Break an eight-minute mile (preferably during that August 1-mile race)
- Complete another half marathon
- Bike to the top of Mount Evans
- Do a bike tour through Europe
- Bike across the United States
- Complete a full marathon
- Hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu
I realize that several of these involve a bicycle, something I don’t currently have. Keeping my eyes peeled for a cheap, used road bike.
I’ve also recently started weight training. I read an article a few months ago that said you need both aerobic exercise and weights in order to really get in shape. So, bought another month-long membership to the gym and plan to go at 6AM a few days per week. Thankfully, since it’s summer, the weight machines are free at that time.
My next race (a 5K) is this Sunday. I’m still by no means a fast runner, so my goal is just to run the entire thing without dropping to a walk. Wish me luck!