I’ve been a member of several gyms over the years but in all honesty, I’ve never been very good at actually going to them. I start off pretty good but after a few weeks I lose interest and like most people, my gym gear sits in the corner of my room gathering dust. Excuse after excuse, the end result is that I just don’t go often enough.
Anyway, in October 2011, Jason and I joined a gym literally around the corner from our flat in Amsterdam. It’s more expensive than other gyms around the city but considering it’s about a 2 minute walk for us to get there and it’s really well equipped, we figured it was worth it. At least this way we wouldn’t really be able to use the ‘Oh but it’s cold and the gym is so far away, let’s just stay at home watch TV instead..’ excuse.
So far we’ve been pretty good – going to the gym between 2 and 3 times a week, most weeks. Every time I go to the gym, I try to run on a treadmill for at least 20 minutes and I also do some weights. We did go on holiday to Santiago, Chile for 2 weeks during November but we managed to get a couple of gym sessions in while we were there and I even took part in a 5km race with my dad and brother!
SantiaGo Run Skechers, 2011 – 5km – http://www.santiagorun.cl/
In an effort to force myself to keep up this good habit, I’ve also halfheartedly agreed to run a half marathon sometime late 2012. This gives me a goal – to be able to run 20kms (without passing out). In order to track my progress, I’ve been keeping a note of my running. Every time I’ve run at the gym, I’ve noted down how long I’ve run for (minutes), the distance (kms) and from that I’ve calculated my average pace (minutes/km). I thought it might be cool to graph these numbers and watch my progress over the months.
Anyway, I’ll keep updating these graphs as I go. Perhaps having these numbers out there in the wild will encourage me to keep getting fitter, stronger and faster!
[Last updated on 25/8/2012]