December 12, 2011

i was wrong...

... people are paying attention to me at the gym.

You see, I am easily embarrassed.  Very easily (surprising I know, since I have posted so many ridiculous pictures of myself lately, but it is true).  I'm not very brave at the gym because I'm worried I won't be doing something right and someone will see me, maybe laugh at me, or make fun of me in their head.  But I always tell myself everyone is just there to workout.  No judgement.  Get over it and just do something.

Now I know that might now always be 100% true, but I keep saying it in my head so that maybe I'll go out on a limb and actually do some weighted squats without nervously checking over my shoulder to make sure no one is watching.  But this past week I was totally proved wrong.

For the most part I tend to just run on the treadmill.  One reason I love running?  You don't really have to think about it.  I mean you do, but I don't have to necessarily plan a 30 minute workout.  I show up, hop on the treadmill, and do what feels good.  I try and make myself do some ab work and weights at least three times a week.  Usually it only consists of push-ups and a variety of crunches.  Well last Monday I finished up my cardio and headed over to a mat to do some just that.  For the first time in a while I decided to actually do real push-ups instead of girly ones...

"Glad to see you finally bucked up and did some real push-ups today.  I was sick of seeing you wuss out with those girly ones."

I'm pretty sure I looked up with a completely dumbfounded look on my face as my cheeks started to flush.  It was a personal trainer.  He is frequently in that area with his clients.  I honestly didn't know what to say because I was so embarrassed by the fact that someone was paying attention to me.  I'm pretty sure I mustered up an 'oh... yeah...' before getting back to my set.  He then said, "I definitely contemplated putting weights on your back the other day, you can do real push-ups.  Quit being a wimp."

Cue awkward laugh from myself, "oh sure, ok."  He said all of this in a playful, not mean at all way, just for the record.  I'm sure he really was just trying to encourage me to try harder, as I know I should.  But sheesh!  I guess I should be flattered that he thinks I am strong enough to do real push-ups, right?  I suppose I need to write up a decent strength workout now...

More running related tidbits... I was pretty proud of this run yesterday:

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I haven't increased my speed quite as quickly as I want to, because my right knee and hip are frequently begging for mercy.  But 6.5 miles at an 8:56 pace?  That is a heck of a lot better than where I was a few months ago.  Ryann, my mom and I scheduled a trip to Georgia in January, and even though I'm sure it will still be a bit chilly, I'm thinking I'll be able to get in some outdoor runs.  I can't wait to test my legs outside, I think I have been on the treadmill for almost a month straight!!  Say it with me, BORING!

Oh, and so far so good on all of my December goals.  I was a wee bit worried weight wise, seeing as I have eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies this week, but the scale was nice to me.  I think I put in 18.8 miles on the treadmill, but honestly I forgot to write down/take pictures of my workouts, and I can't completely remember what I did.  I'm pretty sure it was at least 15.

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7 comments:

Mrs. Williams said...

I would have died! Obviously you are doing a great job working out :) keep up the good work!

On a side note, I feel like it's easier to post embarrassing pictures on my blog rather than Facebook, etc.! As if that wasn't obvious from my weigh in posts, haha.

Jennifer said...

Great job!! :)

Erin said...

Ummmmmmm I'm sure he didn't MEAN to be a jerk, but seriously? My first thought was "what an a-hole!" and although I know I'd respond like you did, I'd WISH I would have said something like, "you know, I'm already pretty self conscious working out in front of people, and you just made it much worse. Thanks." or something like that. Too bad those responses never come in time!

Krissy said...

Hahaha! That is too funny! I can't do a single push-up....so you go girl! Let me know when you will be in GA....you, me, and Kelly should meet up!

Kelly said...

Yikes. I might have died. Also- how on earth do you run that long on the treadmill? I think I would fall asleep hahaha

Have you checked out Daily Mile? Krissy and I use it to track our runs and it gives you a weekly status report so you can see how far you went. There's also a "status" page that shows you how many miles you've run the whole year, how many times around the Earth you've gone, how many TVs you've powered, etc. It's really awesome! Great way to keep track and know exactly how those treadmill miles add up!!

ashley (redonk runner) said...

remind me to never workout at your gym!! :P

Sharstin said...

Way to go chick, and that story is funny! Of course yiu can rock the push ups:)