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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Gym and a Tough Workout -- RunLog 10/6/15

Well, I went and did it, I joined a gym in Augusta. The little workout center at UMA is okay, but it felt like a blivet, claustrophobic and I wasn't too keen on the treadmills, so it meant going back to the old gym I had been a member of before in Augusta.

They had moved things around, added a few more treadmills, a couple of revolving step machines, maybe added some different weight machines and re-did the shower stalls, but it was basically the same place as it was before. There was still a blah feeling about the place, people go in, work out, get back out and nary a word is said to anyone else.

It sure as hell doesn't have the same personality and warmth that I got whenever I walked into Champions in Waterville, but location, location, location is what became important and it has the tools I will need over the winter to do my workouts, the way that I want to.

I am sure I will attempt to make conversation, but it is almost like everyone avoids eye contact with one another, are plugged into their music and if you greet someone you get a grudging single "grunt" reply.

Which means that I will go there do my workout, get it done and then get out the door.

Which is what I did yesterday.

I hopped on the treadmill and did a tough (for me) workout. I really wanted to lengthen the time I am in my race pace zone and thought that I would go for 3 x 1-mile repeats with .25 rest in between.

Here is what I ended up doing:

  • .50 @ 7.2 mph
  • 1.0 @ 8.6 mph
  • .25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 1.25 @ 8.7 mph
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.1
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.1

While I wasn't quite up to the 3x1 mile repeats, it was still a quality workout, considering that Bennie and I had done 4.0 earlier with a couple of pretty hard pushes.

I know that this is my weak spot, the ability to do longer repeats at or faster than my current race pace. I can run fast quarters without too many problems, but being able to hold that speed for longer has always been my weakness.

Which means that I have to work on it and that will be my focus over the next few months and this winter. Doing longer intervals. Which totally sucks...I love to run fast for shorter distances, but it is what I need to do.

I know that I was soaked when I got done on the treadmill, but the legs still felt like they had a little life in them so, I got on this beast

Now I have problems running uphill faster...no it is not a form issue or anything else -- from everything I have read and reading it is a getting older issue and being able to process enough oxygen to get everything firing correctly. Not the most eloquent or scientifically accurate description, but it seems as we age hills just seem to get steeper and longer, and there ain't much you can do about it.

So by the time 2:00 minutes were over, doing 93 steps per minute meant that I was done. However, if I can get myself up to 10:00 minutes @ over 100 steps per minute, maybe I can strengthen the legs and improve my hill climbing abilities to get back to at least mediocre. Still gonna fight this aging process as hard as I can.

Hell, I even did one circuit of light weight, just to remind the ligaments and stuff that I would be working on them as well this winter. Yeah, that old get them ready to work routine for the next 2-3 weeks versus just jumping and doing something stoopid.

Overall, a busy but rewarding day working out. Where you do your workouts does make a difference and while I am not impressed (never have been) by the atmosphere of where I am now going to the gym, it has the equipment, room and location I need to get my workouts done.

I do know that I miss the people at Champions, though. They did make the difference and made the gym experience a place where I wanted to go, instead of a place I have to go. I miss you guys...Judy, Lisa and all the rest of gang.

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