Fitness Catch-All

Thanks! We've both just turned 41. I might like to run a half marathon at some point, but in the 10-miler, I really hit the wall and started to lose steam at mile 5, so I think I'd need to do another 10-miler and feel better through mile 7 or 8 before I decided I'd shoot for that longer race.

For her, I think the knee pain was due to the 10-miler and that it just took her longer to recover than she might have otherwise. It's possible there's some other wear and tear going on, too. But we both recovered from that race a bit more slowly than we might have expected.

I wish there were more 10 mile (or 15k) races. At least where I live there's a lot of 5k, 10k, and then the 13.1 mile half marathon. I feel like 10 miles is a nice number as well as plenty long enough.

I wish there were more 10Ks! I'd really like something intermediate, and there aren't many like those here. Rather we jump right from 5Ks to 10 milers.

I live near D.C., though, and it feels like everybody's hardcore about something here. Whatever someone's hobby is, they are all in. So it makes sense that runners want to do intense running.

That's great on the race!!! I only get in 4-mile jogs 3 days a week due to my current job which has me on my feet all day working around 50 hours per week.

Outside pool opened on the 1st. Went on Monday and made it again today.

Monday:
100 SKP
6x50K
6x50 swim
900 total

Friday:
100 SKPS
6x50K on :60
5x50S on :60
50 walk (lol warmdown)
1000 total

Got to sit in the outside hot tub afterward. Conan was wrong.

Do your swim set. Push the jet bubbles button. And sit in the outside hot tub.

Yeah it's that time of year, I need to pull my wetsuit out and get in the lake.

So swinging a 15 pound club around during lunch is fun. I’m working up to a 10 min flow. Inside circles with a shield cast. My arms are beautiful with the rest of the body so so. I’m weirdly tight with my core.

So dumb question but has anyone experienced mogging at the gym (aka a much fitter and younger guy going out of their way to show you up)? Recently I’ve been going to the gym at the same time due to my son’s basketball practice and the same guy always seems to pick the treadmill next to me despite the fact that there are plenty of other open machines. Doesn’t help that he always seems to speed up just as I do too. Granted, I recognize I might be overthinking this but coming right next to me when the gym is mostly empty is annoying AF.

Without knowing what he is doing, it may be he wants to jog next to someone who looks like they know what they are doing? Pacing, timing, etc?

People be weird.

Here are some weird gym stories!

People who could choose ANY locker. Choose the one next to you.

Same for treadmill like jd described.

People who want to "race" in the pool or wherever, any time you pass them. Chill.

Dudes that use the hair dryers on their balls.

Dudes that use locker room for social hour.

Dudes that want to start conversations in the locker room about sensitive subjects like race, immigration or gender. Old dudes. Always.

Bringing your gun to the gym so much that the gym has to post a sign, "No Weapons" and the gym is owned by a card-carrying right wing Republican.

Top_Shelf wrote:

People be weird.

Dudes that want to start conversations in the locker room about sensitive subjects like race, immigration or gender. Old dudes. Always.

Bringing your gun to the gym so much that the gym has to post a sign, "No Weapons" and the gym is owned by a card-carrying right wing Republican.

I am convinced that old white dudes in America, by virtue of car centric planning, right wing talk radio, white flight, and engineered social isolation are simply media conditioned to be angry, paranoid, racist, and terrified. Your experience in the gym is nowhere near anomalous.

mudbunny wrote:

Without knowing what he is doing, it may be he wants to jog next to someone who looks like they know what they are doing? Pacing, timing, etc?

Could be but he blows me out of the water pace wise. You might be right that it’s more he likes someone to run next to. I just find it weird and a little disconcerting.

As far as other weird behavior goes..

I’ve had very awkward conversations in the YMCA jacuzzi back when my son loved swimming. All the parents would hang out in the hot tub watching the kids and inevitably one guy would start ranting about the homeless or gay wedding cakes. And then there was the Russian who would ask what you would do for a million dollars…

But on the plus side, I’ve never had somebody bring a weapon.

Paleocon wrote:

I am convinced that old white dudes in America, by virtue of car centric planning, right wing talk radio, white flight, and engineered social isolation are simply media conditioned to be angry, paranoid, racist, and terrified. Your experience in the gym is nowhere near anomalous.

YMMV, but I serve low and no-cost meals to senior citizens in a low-income rural area, and while there are one or two racist and/or right-wing cranks among the white guys in the group, there are at least as many pot-smoking leftist staunch union men, and the majority just don't give a sh*t one way or another.

It's also possible you're being hit on and haven't realized it.

On a side note, my oldest daughter has been going to the gym a lot, and has been griping about how she hasn't seen any real progress. No 6-pack on her abs or anything like that. After I told her that getting a 6-pack is (a) genetically impossible for a lot of people; and (b) usually requires a very strict diet, I asked her what type of ab work she does.

The last part of her ab workout is 2 and a half minutes of a plank with a 25 lb plate on her back.

I told her that she probably has stronger abs than 95% of the people that go to the gym and work out.

Yeah, visible abs has less to do with how strong your ab muscles are and more to do with where your body stores fat and how much you've been starving yourself lately.

Jonman wrote:

It's also possible you're being hit on and haven't realized it.

I got hit on a few times by guys in my 20s, but that was when I could do 70 push-ups and run a sub 6-minute mile. I would be flattered if it happened nowadays but also very confused.

And on a related note, the only time I got a six pack was when I was doing daily crazy military workouts and doing 7-8 hours of heavy physical labor. I agree with others here that core strength is what really matters.

Visible abs are 100% about the body fat %. Get that low enough, you'll have visible abs.

Next time he takes the treadmill next to yours, just stop and move to a different treadmill.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Next time he takes the treadmill next to yours, just stop and move to a different treadmill.

Like, one over. Real slow like.

I used to be workout partners with a gay friend and he had a couple of steam room hookups at our gym. He asked me if it made me feel uncomfortable and I said, "why would I be uncomfortable? As a straight guy, it's totally invisible to me, nobody ever bothers me and if I weren't friends with you I'd never even know this kind of thing went on here. The system works!"

I hate going to the gym, especially by myself, and would sometimes run next to someone or maybe one treadmill away just to feel slightly less lonely and bored.

Top_Shelf wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

Next time he takes the treadmill next to yours, just stop and move to a different treadmill.

Like, one over. Real slow like.

Or make deep eye contact and slide over onto his treadmill

Jonman wrote:

Visible abs are 100% about the body fat %. Get that low enough, you'll have visible abs.

Dr Mike dive into this topic.

Went out for a run during my lunch hour, and ran my longest distance ever, 6.3k. Definitely the highlight of my sh*tty day so far.

NICE!!!

I need to stop by The Running Room to pick up a new pair of shoes. The cushioning in my old ones gave up the ghost recently, and I can feel it in my shins.

Nice!!!

I probably could have pushed myself to 7k. I might try next time.

bobbywatson wrote:

I probably could have pushed myself to 7k. I might try next time.

8.4km this morning!

And now I need a shower.

Congratulations!