Row, Row, Row Your Butt (Off)

Week two of full on cross-training is in the books. I’ve bitched about the elliptical (a lot), but the past week hasn’t been too terrible. I joined a gym near my apt so I could have a greater assortment of machines. The ability to mix up my cross-training has been nice. I’ve incorporated some weights and the rowing machine into my routine. Rowing is kind of freaking hard. I only did 15 minutes the first couple of days because I thought my arms and ass were going to fall off. I’ve also stuck to the handy, dandy elliptical. I can at least simulate running to an extent. Plus, it allows me to catch up on some TV (for instance, True Detective. What’s more motivating than McConaughey’s fine ass?) and allows me to read some ultra-running material lent to me by fellow running nerd, Phil.


Alright, Alright, Alright

My first time at this gym was my first time encountering real gym folk. As obnoxious as their giant biceps, grunting, weight dropping, and obsession with mirrors are, I realized that I have a running superiority complex. All I could think while watching them was “I’d love to see them try and tackle the trails or do interval sessions!”


I kept hoping people could tell by looking at me that I’m an injured runner and would NEVER workout inside if I didn’t have to. I even thought about getting a shirt made that says “injured runner”. I didn’t want people to think that I was at the gym because I was too big of a puss to brave the cold/rain/elements of running outside.

How I watch the gym folk

How I watch the gym folk

As I was looking at the gym folk with haughty derision, it occurred to me that one of the reasons I love the trails so much is the lack of pretension and douchebaggery, and here I was being pretentious as hell. Just as with a long race or run, things don’t always go as planned– there’s no need to be a dick about it. I decided that I need to emulate those characteristics of trail running even when I can’t be on the trails. So, I’m embracing the gym folk and their protein shakes, vacant stares, loud moaning, and stretched way too thin tank tops… or at least I’m going to stop thinking I’m better than they are.

Week in Recap:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 1 hour elliptical; 15 minute row

Wednesday: 1 hour 15 minutes elliptical; 10 min strength; 15 minute row

Thursday: lots of PT exercises and eating

Friday: 45 minute elliptical

Saturday: 35 minute row (5,4,3,2,1 workout); 1 hour elliptical; 15 minute strength

Sunday: 30 minute row; 2 hour elliptical


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