Sunday, March 27, 2011
The guilt of not being able to run lately has been eating away at me so I decided to go to the gym and get some time in on the treadmill . Now, I don't have a regular membership. I purchased some group class vouchers a while back and I know that I'm not supposed to use them outside of group classes but I wanted to see if they'd cut me a break. The lady at the front desk said no at first but I said, "I just want to go for a run..blah blah blah" and she VERY reluctantly agreed to let me in.
The gym in our small city is quite large considering our population. There are probably 20-30 treadmills and umpteen ellipticals and bikes and how many people do you think were in the gym last night...maybe 6 o 7 plus me. I wasn't going to be tying up any critical equipment from the VIP members. I don't know why she had to give me so much attitude.
Anyway, I found that using the ChiRunning technique, treadmill running was much easier. I was able to run comfortably, at 90 bpm at 6.8-7.5 speeds. I ran for 60 mins and went almost 11km. My mind was ready for another 45mins to an hour but my chaffed inner thighs said, NO! I don't know if it was the shorts of my underwear but my thighs were getting quite irritated so I decided not to push any more. Needless to say I was just a bit frustrated. To make matters worse, I found that I had a huge blister on one of my toes and a bruised toenail on another. What's up with the toe injuries! haha. SO I'm taking a day off of spin to let my toes Breath.
To end my gym experience, as I was leaving, the lady at the front desk looked up with her fake smile and as soon as she saw it was me she looked down and lost the smile. I very politely and appreciatively said "Thanks again for letting me in" to which she replied without eye contact, "yeah bye". Wow! How's that for customer service. I know she didn't HAVE to let me in but if she felt so strongly about it she could have just said no and refused me entry. She didn't need to be such a bitch!
Anyway, today it's snowing AGAIN so I won't be getting out for a run, AGAIN. I have decided that I want to get a little pair of running socks and maybe a pair of those spandex shorts to wear under my regular running shorts. I really don't want any blisters or chaffing during the 21km. It's gonna suck if i happens.
I hope you have some nice weather where you are at. Enjoy it!