Gym Buddies!

Yay!!! I have a gym buddy!! Turns out the contract with my gym was already up. Soooo I signed up with 24 Hour Fitness and now my friend and I are going to start going to the gym together. I am SO EXCITED! I didn’t care much for the gym I was a member of only because their downtown gym is awful. It’s in a basement, stuffy and small. And not to mention the fact that I feel like there will be an earthquake while I’m down there and I’ll die. No joke…issues. Today was our fist workout. We did arms, abs & cardio. I tried to run but that didn’t work so I did some speed walking with an incline on the treadmill. Having someone to help you be accountable is great – for both of us! Like I said before; I need to get in better shape, and get stronger if I want to successfully run next year’s CIM. Its been a while since I worked with weights at the gym, and it is kinda sad how weak I am. Not for long! We’ll be hot, strong, fit ladies soon 😉

Christen aka Gym Buddy & I at a mud run earlier this year


Hehe…so us 😉

20121216-222429.jpgMore good news: I ran the farthest distance on Friday that I have run since the marathon. It was a little over 3.5 miles, which is not great, but I am slowly – ever so damn slowly – getting back into running. Gotta protect my knees.

Run 3.6 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

So I have to admit, I was hesitant to write about my struggles with running the CIM, getting in better shape and my painful knees…but what the hell? I’m human and have struggles just like everyone else! I would have loved to say I met my goal time for the marathon (4:30:00) instead of being an hour over. I would have loved to never have any knee pain. I would have loved to been able to run more than 3.5 miles by now. These things are hard to tell friends, family & coworkers. What I hear most often is “You just ran a marathon! You are in good shape.” Yes and no. Am I wrong in feeling that anyone can run a marathon if they want to? I mean, obviously there is training involved but when it comes to running you just have to have the mindset that you can do it. That, I think, is the hardest part. I can run long distance because I have amazing stamina. I can barely do 10 push ups (without being on my knees) because I don’t have much upper body strength. I could barely use an ab machine at the gym today because my core isn’t as strong as it used to be. These are the things I need to work on. Having a strong body overall will make me a better runner. It used to be about being skinny to me. Now I want to be strong and healthy.


Lastly, I was at Target today – buying only necessary things – which is hard to do there!! I f-ing love everything at Target. I came across this:


Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a very fresh scent after running a marathon 😉 Although I was intrigued by this deodorant and how well it is supposed to work, I was not about to spend $12 dollars on it!







2 thoughts on “Gym Buddies!

  1. Yeah, my dogs Grimm & Zella are supposed to be my workout buddies, but the punks run way faster than me. I’m the rookie trying to keep up with the pros. Definitely more encouraging to have a friend with you when you have to hit the gym. And, congrats on running your first marathon! YOU RAN FOR 26.2 MILES! Makes me tired just looking at those numbers, much less pounding it out. Not everyone can do that. Even when I was in shape (and I used to do triathalons) I could never run that far. Even if something big and terrible were chasing me, I think I would just offer myself up on a platter instead. Takes an awful lot of dedication and heart, really, to get through it. Good job!

    • Thank you so much! It wasn’t easy, and at times I hated it! But…I’m doing it again next year. I’m addicted to running 🙂 Someday I’ll have a dog to run with!

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