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Do it again [Feb. 11th, 2008|10:12 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Around the beginning of December, I started going to the little gym down the street. I had just come off a month of daily running. I hadn't decided to do the marathon yet, but I was hopeful about how the getting-into-shape-again thing was going, and I wanted to do something to keep it from slipping away. On my first visit to the gym on December 3, I did, among other things, twenty sit-ups on an incline board. My abs didn't stop hurting for a week. The next time I tried it, and the time after that, I could only do ten.

But then twenty the next time. And the next time, and the next time. And then it was January and I started going to the gym twice a week as part of the marathon training schedule. On January 2, I wrote on my calendar, "25 angle board situps, which is about as many as I can do."

On January 8, when I was in San Diego: "30 angle-board sit-ups (although less angled of a board than the one I use in Portland!)" Back in Portland, over the next few gym visits: 25, 30, 35, 30. January 23: 45. "Wow!" I wrote. Then: 65 on January 30; 70 on February 1; 80 on February 4.

Today, I did a hundred of the damn things. A hundred! And at the end I could still sit up without using my arms!

Now. These aren't like regular, floor sit-ups. I could barely do ten of those, I think, much less a hundred. Also, this exercise doesn't really isolate the abs -- far from it. (My iliacuses are sore.) So, you know, it's not like I have Really Ripped Abs or something. Indeed, in the mirror I can't see any difference at all. Still. Still. I'm proud of myself.

But the real reason I keep doing this exercise, the real reason these numbers keep getting higher? It's not so I can be healthy, or so I can "look good". It's for one reason, and it's really very selfish, and it's the only thing that keeps me coming back to the gym: I fucking love the way this exercise makes me feel. I know I look ridiculous when I do this. I get red-faced and I fart and my hair gets messed up and my breath is ragged and I start groaning, and people edge away, and from time to time I have to just lie there like a dead fish for a few seconds until I'm ready to go again. But, sometimes, sometimes, when I'm in the middle of doing this, I feel a satisfaction I can't describe, way deep down in my core, nothing quite like it, and I can't get it anywhere else.


[User Picture]From: the_flea_king
2008-02-12 03:33 pm (UTC)
I have never gotten that "runner's high" thing even when I was a decent long distance runner. I had the best mile time in my class into junior high. But I always felt like vomiting afterwards, and that feeling has continued to any form of exercise today. I envy you that feeling. I think it's a primal pleasure, the ape within us.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-02-12 07:24 pm (UTC)
I think that the mile is an insanely difficult race. I always dreaded it during middle school and high school track. The nice thing about running marathons is that nobody's expecting you to go fast. You just go out and run for a while.
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[User Picture]From: stacy_bird
2008-02-12 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yay for exercise! This is the same reason I biked every day last week, took Saturday off, and then did something I thought less than possible - the 18 miles of the worst day of the year ride Sunday. Yay exercise! I had Jeff try and punch my quads last night, though he could have punched any portion of my legs, and they were starting to be solid! Actually, totally solid! Yay!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-02-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yeah, my legs are firming up again. Doesn't it feel good?

I saw the Worst Day of the Year Ride go by twice when I was out running on Sunday! It looked like y'all were having a great time. Congratulations!

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2008-02-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
I sometimes get a bordering-on-orgasmic feeling when I do push-ups.
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[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-02-14 05:16 pm (UTC)

try this

Go easy at first--you don't want to mess up your spine, after all--but if I lay flat on my back and hold my legs tightly together and lift them to about a 45-degree angle, and hold that pose for quite awhile (like more than a minute), I get something quite close to orgasm. The first time it happened, I was so surprised. Pretty nice reward for all that work.

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From: keturn
2008-02-12 09:07 pm (UTC)
That is so hot.

err, I mean,

it is great to hear you have a fitness regimen that you both enjoy and are making such quantifiable progress on! You are an inspiration to us all.

Edited at 2008-02-12 09:08 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-02-13 01:21 am (UTC)
Dude, Kevin, this was the G-rated version.
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From: sherwooddotnu
2008-02-13 05:21 am (UTC)
I love that you fart at the gym. I think everyone secretly farts at the gym, at least if they're really working it, but it's something we don't usually talk about.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-02-13 09:43 am (UTC)
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