To be honest, I much rather be outdoors than in the gym, but I am sure that regular gym attendances have improved my fitness.
Last year, not long after Janathon had ended, I took a bad fall on the pavement, which caused my right knee to be anything from ‘feeling not quite right’ to downright painful and creaky for months.
It got better, but not perfect, and I was careful with exercising.
Then, in September, I joined the People’s March for the NHS for the last 70 miles or so on their 300 mile march from Jarrow to London. It was a brilliant experience and great for my political muscle … but it aggravated my knee again.
So I gave up running for a bit – and eventually dared to buy some new running shoes and tentatively try the treadmill in the gym.
I also started using the weight and resistance machines, which I had always found (still do, I guess) tedious and boring.
I am sure they have played a big part in strengthening the muscles around my knee, because even with the increased running I am doing during this Janathon, I have not had any knee trouble. Happy!
Today I ran on the treadmill for 30 mins, doing speed work – roughly something like 120-150 secs at 11.5km/hr followed by 60-90 secs at 9.8km/hr. Overall pace was 5:36 mins/km, which is probably something of a PB.
Weights: 30 mins