On Monday I went out for a run after work and realised that the light was no longer in my favour. The local park that I normally run around is divided into three sections – a main park where football is also played and then two extensions. The main park is really well lit (probably because of the football) but the two extensions are not and as I was about to head into one of them on Monday I just didn’t feel safe and so I was stuck lapping the main park. I also managed to strain one of my calf muscles. And then it started to rain. It was not the greatest run in the world.
The light in the evening is only going to get worse when the clocks go back (or is it forward… I really don’t understand daylight savings) next weekend. While I love a morning run, I’ve been working out with my friend Dawn recently and she can’t really do mornings so it was time to look for an alternative that would work for both of us. And also with the dodgy calf it would be good to be able to do some exercise that isn’t running for a bit.
Enter the gym! We have a Pure Gym nearby, which only costs £25 per month and has no contracts so it seemed ideal for a first foray into indoor workouts. I have to admit that my first visit was pretty daunting and I was very relieved that Paul came with me and pointed out a few bits and stopped me from making a tit of myself. As I soon as I realised that no one was particularly interested in what I was doing I became a lot less self-conscious and started to enjoy doing some different exercise. I tried out some machines and realised that I liked the stepping machine and the bike but the cross trainer feels a little too unnatural. In the end I managed a seriously sweaty but really fun half hour workout.
And I was back the next day.
Next week I might even sign up for some classes, possibly with Dawn in tow. Wish me luck!