The new guy, again

Last week I made a decision to "start over" with running. I didn't fully know what that meant at the time, but in just one short week, I'm discovering it's one of the best decisions I've made in years.

After clearing the air with some of my thoughts about running, I decided to throw out any goals and give myself some flexibility to just do whatever seemed right.

That "whatever" has turned into me being the "new guy" at the gym. I don't know why this irrational fear exists about going to the gym, but it's certainly there. 

In the past week, though, I ventured over from the elliptical, bike and treadmill areas to the "other" side where the weights are. 

I've used at least a half dozen weight machines to get in workouts that are using muscles I forgot I had. 

I've also realized that the elliptical isn't nearly as bad as I remembered it and I've had a rediscovery of how in control I can be of a run on the treadmill. I've ran only a mile and a half on the treadmill, but it isn't the worst thing in the world. 

When it comes to running, I've ran no more than a quarter mile at a time a few times. I've had NO pain in my calf, but I am very hesitant to run more more than what I've done for at least another week. 

I'm not giving up hope that I can get back to my regular running when July rolls around, but for now all of my running goals are on pause. I'd like to continue to focus on more overall fitness for a while and figure out how all this will be incorporated into a much better routine than I had before. 

Being the "new guy" at the gym isn't so horrible, and it's time for me to be a "regular" nearly every afternoon ...