Sunday, March 18, 2012
So yesterday I got to the gym a bit later than planned and first off completed the 5th week of the 5K Running Program. As I was doing the sets (2mins walking/3mins runing (jogging) repeated for 30 mins) I was thinking about how HARD it was when I first started to run for 1 min out of every 5 for just 20 mins. It may not seem like a huge difference, but now I feel as physically challenged as I did back then. And I'm doing more!
Now it's taken me a few more weks than 5 to get here, but I AM here! And that's really cool!! I think that for the first time since I started this, actually believed that I COULD complete a 5K race!! Which is really good because I have registered for the Chase Corporate Challenge again this year in mid-June. LOL Last year when I ran the race, I had abanodoned the training and wasn't able to run the whole thing. That plus the 98% humidity which made breathing near imposible cause me to walk a large part of the course. As a result, I turned in a time of 48 mins for the 3.5 mile course. My goal is to beat that this year. And I believe this is totally achievable!
But I digress....After my run I'd planned to do some time on my beloved bike, but when I looked at the clock I realized that if I also wanted to hit the supermarket I'd have to forgo the bike in order not to be late for a 10am conference call. SO...I resolved to go back today and do my miles on the bike.
So far so good. Since I don't normally go to the gym on Sundays I looked up the hours on the website and per the ewbsite, they open at 9am. No problem. Since I'm a morning person, I used the time until 9am to prep cook the bacon and onions for the quiche I was going to have for lunch and to cook up a pound of chicken breasts for the week. So at 9:10 I strolled into the gym, ready to start working out and the place was PACKED!!!
What??? Was there a line out the door at 8:55 100 deep clamouring to get in??? Are people SO desperate to sweat on Sunday Mornings??? (I never have been, but who knows...maybe other people are!) How do these people change into their gym gear SO fast???? These things prplexed me as I managed to find a free bike and started pedalling. Finally I forgot about the crowd and got into my little routine.
As always the first two miles are the worst, then the legs realize that they are stuck to the pedals until they've completed at least 10 miles. At that point they really start to enjoy the up and down movements and the random hill intervals. After 10 mines, I gave the legs a break (after all they aren't used to working so hard on a Sunday and were NONE to pleased that they weren't propped on the couch!). Once I'd changed, I'd decided to ask at the desk....
"What time do you open on Sundays?"
"Oh! we open at 7AM"
"SCORE!!!!!! Why didn't anyone tell me????"
That got the guy at reception looking at me like I had 6 heads, but this is AWESOME!!! I'm a morning person! 7AM Sundays is BRILLIANT!!! Suddenly. I was rearranging my routines so that laundry and some of the week's cooking can done on Saturdays!
Haven't broken the news to the legs yet....but their days of lazy Sunday mornings are OVER!