One of my major goals for this year is to get stronger. I know I can run long distances through hard work and training, but to get faster and feel better I know I need to get stronger.

The idea of weight-lifting has never been something I've really understood. I understand the basics of sets, reps, and muscle groups, but how to coordinate all of these things into a cohesive plan to build actual strength is beyond me. Not to mention there is very little helpful guides that balance a full-time running schedule with lifting built into it . . . or at least one that made any sense to me.

This past week we have frequented the gym quite a bit more, and I instinctively head right to the treadmill as soon as I get there. I do my half hour of running before the machine tells me I am done (stupid half hour limit is stupid) and then I feel accomplished and ready to go home. While I am running, I watch the people lifting weights, going from one exercise to the next with little hesitation. How do they choose what they are going to do? How do they choose what weight, how many reps, how many sets, how long to wait in between? It all is way more complicated then just jumping on the treadmill and going for a run. But they also can all do chin-ups and all sorts of things I want to be able to do.

I think I've made it way too complicated in my head. I should just settle on a couple of workouts, and once I get those down add on another couple of exercises to my routine.

Really, I just need to work up the courage and pick up some weights.