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WHY Didn't Anyone TELL Me???.....

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!
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    I think your legs have the right idea about 7 am workouts. Mine would probably cut themselves off if I presented that plan. But I've never been a morning person either and have no plans ever to be.
    2224 days ago
  • SASSY5468
    You're so cute :)
    2225 days ago
    I loved riding bikes but now I can't because of my hip. It causes rubbing which causes me pain. So I have to stick to the treadmill. I may try riding but not for 10 miles and see how it feels. Congrats on the progress of the 5k training. I am just starting and I have my race in April. I will be doing the walking this time but will be trying to jog a little too.

    Now I will have to be a little bossy to my legs too.
    2225 days ago
    Two bits of advice: 1) about it feeling as hard running now as it did when you started--according to the Velominati, training doesn't make it easier, it just makes you faster (Rule 10). 2) Your legs will whine about losing the carefree, relaxed Sundays. Just do like Jens Voigt and yell, "SHUT UP LEGS!!!". Good luck on the 5K.
    2225 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2012 8:05:12 PM
    Excellent Smithers! Pretty soon you'll be one of those camped out by the entrance waiting for the morning guy to open the door so you can be the first to claim your favorite bike!

    And double woot on the 5K running program.....pretty soon that'll be as easy as push-ups!!
    2225 days ago
    2225 days ago
    I am in shock that you like to bike for 10 miles and in awe! I can barely squeeze in 2-3 miles before my legs feel like they will fall off! Glad you found out Sunday mornings can be a great time to work out! LOL you are so upbeat and positive thank you for the challenges these past weeks. I am afraid to fail there though, I struggling lately!
    2225 days ago
    Just think of all of the things you got done before you got to the gym! Great job on working the 5k program. I have tried it in the past, but haven't kept up with it.

    Great job getting to the gym this morning!

    2226 days ago
    Haha, it's awesome when things work out like that! More power to you for being a morning person, it's so not my style. Congrats on all your progress!
    2226 days ago
  • STARL_73
    Did you point out to him that the website said 9a??

    Way to go on working outside your comfort zone. You are one of my inspirations for this coming month. I've watched you and it's possible. I just have to find the strength.
    2226 days ago
    lol, personally I'm siding with your legs but then I'm definitely NOT a morning person! Enjoy your new routine emoticon

    and emoticon on the progress you've made emoticon
    2226 days ago
    I,too,have to show my legs who`s boss.They are like stubborn children,throwing tantrums and screaming when they don`t want to workout.
    2226 days ago
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