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Tue, Aug. 11th, 2009, 06:15 pm
Running The Wrong Way -- Gym Etiquette

Today I am halfway through week four of my nine-week running program. That's workout 11 of 27 done. This week has been grueling and I've stumbled in sweaty and flushed with 13 minute miles under my belt. It'll get better, or easier, or both.

Last week when I went to the gym there was a girl sitting on the exercise bike with her feet propped up (not pedaling) watching television. I started on the treadmill and she gave me a funny look, did a few weightlifting moves and left. I told myself I was just being paranoid, that she hadn't given me a bizarre dirty look. Didn't I use proper gym etiquette? I wiped everything down when I was done (although she didn't stay that long) and didn't think I was in her way at all.

Today, I went down and two people were in the gym, one on weights and the other on the mat doing crunches. Again, I got on the treadmill and started it, and recieved dirty looks again and they left. I must really be crazy paranoid, I though, along with a general "what the fuck was that all about?" musing.

So I finish my thirty minutes and go back to the apartment. A lady asks me on the elevator, "are the machines in the gym fixed yet?"
"I guess," I reply, "I've been using the treadmill just fine."
"Yes, but last week there was only one treadmill working."

Now I get it. The only treadmill that appears to work is the one I always use, and I never realized the others weren't working. So I must've been going down and getting on the treadmill right before the gymrats/weightlifters were about to start the cardio part of their routines. I wasn't paranoid crazy; they really were giving me dirty looks before storming out of the gym.

Funny enough, I don't care. Hey, you snooze, you lose, and they weren't on the machine so I took it.

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)

Hey there. I know of you from the DCBloggers meetup that I have yet to attend because it always seems to fall on a day that I either have a prior commitment or a day that my house decides to have a new plumbing emergency. One day hopefully I'll get out there.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I too have recently started a running program that involves the use of a treadmill and have been documenting it on my blog. Mine is somewhat less formalized in that it's not so much a 9, 12, or 18 week program as it is "Just run you fat bastard" program.

Anyway, I'm adding you to my friends list and to my fitness filter in hopes that it will be of some use to you. Hopefully I'll be making it out to the next blogger meetup.

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Hello!

We have about a million things we are doing (besides the regular monthly blogger meetup) if you are interested. But come out when you can, you will be welcome!

Great job on the running! I have learned that alternating a quicker run/jog with walking will improve your running ability more than just running alone, if that helps you any (this from a friend of my father's, who is a pro-running coach).

Happy to report I didn't die the other day on my first non-stop 20 minute run... so I only did 1.6 miles, it was still outside and up/down hills so I don't care if I was slow. The longest I've ever previously run was 1mile, YAY.

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
tommx: Re: Hello!

I will see what I can arrange to be more active with the million things you mention.

Good job on your first 20 minute run. I've been at it for 9 weeks and have gotten to 3 miles in just under 30 minutes on the treadmill. Hardly a world record but for me it's like breaking the light barrier.

See you at a future happening I'm sure.