Wednesday, January 7, 2009

In the Gym...on the Dreadmill

After my tendonitis in December, I'm a bit reluctant to start blogging about running this year.

But I have been slaving away at the gym since I returned from vacation. I'm taking it super slow on the running front. My plan is to start with stationary running on my living room carpet, slowly increasing the distance, then the treadmill, then finally, when I feel confident enough, take it outdoors.

My workout post-vacation has looked like this:

Mon, Dec 29: Body Fit(aerobics with weights. Love this muscles definitely feel it!)-1 hr
Swimming (laps) - 45 minutes

Tue, Dec 30: Stationary running - 5 minutes

Wed, Dec 31: Body Fit - 1 hour
Swimming (laps) - 1 hour
Stationary running - 10 minutes

Fri, Jan 2: Body Fit - 1 hour
Swimming (laps) - 1/2 hour

Sat, Jan 3: Yoga - 1 hour
Stationary running - 20 minutes

Sun, Jan 4: Walking on Treadmill - 40 minutes
Swimming (laps) - 30 minutes

Mon, Jan 5: Stationary running - 40 minutes
Weights (biceps, triceps), Abs - 20 minutes

Tue, Jan 6: Body Fit - 1 hour
Treadmill - 40 minutes (Walking - 25 minutes; Running - 15 minutes)
Exercise bike - 20 minutes

All of the working out combined, does not make me sweat half as much as running in the outdoors usually does. I have always dreaded running on treadmills. But, it's actually not as bad as I imagined. And now that I have the option of running indoors, I am not sure I want to go back to running in this cold harsh weather...may be I'll just continue running on the treadmill till March. Am I getting soft? I am always alert when I am walking or running on the treadmill, watching for little aches and pains. None so far. Hopefully, this trend will continue.


Heather said...

Looks like you are doing the perfect buildup for your running - hope it continues to go well. I don't think you are getting soft by wanting to avoid the weather - just practical!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! You are really using the gym! I think I need to take advantage of the pool at my gym too. That's one of the reasons why I joined in the first place, but I've only used the pool ike 8 times! I am so bad! Glad to hear that your foot is getting better. Pearl

BeachRunner said...

I like the treadmill to avoid snow, ice, rain and the coldest days. I don't get all the treadmill bashing from the bloggy peeps.

lauren said...

the treadmill is not horrible for me either, but I can never do much more than 5 miles of running on it. I could walk on it forever though, especially if I get into a show! nice job on all those workouts - you are not soft!

X-Country2 said...

The treadmill is a great way to come back from an injury. Plus, it'll make the great outdoors that much better come spring!