No I'm not quoting the U2 song, I'm referring to my feelings on xtraining.
Tonight as I aqua
slogged jogged my way through 43 painfully long minutes (43 Min = 14 Laps (1 Lap = 50 Meters) = 700 Meters = .43 M of absolute boredom.) that line, "Running to Stand Still" ran through my mind. When you think about it, xtraining is essentially running to stand still. I know that some people love their treadmills, elliptical, cardio bikes, etc... But I just can't seem to appreciate the appeal of working up a sweat without ever going anywhere. Sure you have the convenience factor, but overall I just don't get it. Especially now that xtraining has become a way of life rather than just a welcomed break between runs. I've been at it for 12 days now and while I'm burning calories and keeping up my fitness; staring at a wall, a built in TV and/or the stats of my workout just aren't doing it for me. Don't even get me started at how mindlessly boring churning water and staring into the weight room is... I mean sure there is the occasional eye candy but over all... snore.
Give me fresh air, give me stretches of miles to cover whether it be a destination, out and back or loop, give me anything over running to standing still!
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can spice up my gym workouts until I'm able to pound the pavement again? Should I start challenging people on the ellipticals? Pick the slowest swimmer and own them with my aqua jogging? Drag the cardio bike out to the pool deck? Race people in spin class? I'm sure these things would be considered "rude" but it'd sure help add some entertainment factor to an otherwise boring 45-60 minutes!
Recovery Update: The lower legs with their wretched gremlins still continue to plague me but progress has definitely been made. I can officially sit and sleep without my legs throbbing in pain (With the exception of them feeling achy last night) and overall walking has gotten significatly less painful. Navigating the stairs however, is still a struggle at best. Another 12 days before I attempt my first run, here's hoping these legs shape up and the gremlins take a hike for good.