Since I had five miles to make up from last night, I decided to go to my office gym after work. It’s extremely bare-bones, but it gets the job done. Well, when there isn’t someone else in it!
I actually pay $5 a month to use this room, but it’s sometimes worth it. Obviously, it’s not as nice as a real gym, but it’s in the basement of my office building which can save a lot of time. And there are no time limits on anything. I usually don’t feel guilty about hogging the treadmill because I’ve never seen more than five people there at one time!
So how is it that last night, I could barely run two miles without feeling like I was going to throw up and tonight I ran a very easy 5 miles? I kind of skipped the “tempo” part of the run. I started out at 5.7 mph and slowly increased to 5.9 mph and 6.0 mph at the very end. This had me finishing five miles at around 53 minutes. I also walked the first three minutes as a warm-up. Do you guys do that? I always count my 3-minute warm up as part of my run’s mileage.
I was the only one in the office gym the entire time. There might have been a part of the run where I belted out the lyrics to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Might have been! I’ve always thought that I enjoyed my gym membership because it sort of forced me out of the house to exercise, but lately I’ve been thinking that maybe I would like to own a treadmill. I’m pretty sure that the reason I felt nauseous while I was running last night was because I’d run shortly after I ate dinner. But the problem is that when I have to do a longer run, I cannot go to the gym during peek hours because it’s too crowded. So, I go home and inevitably, eat dinner. If I had a home treadmill, I could hop on right as I got home and not worry about time limits. Not that I have any extra cash for a treadmill, but it’s definitely something that I’ll have to think about one day.
Exactly as I hit 4.99 miles, my friend Erin called asking if I minded if she had dinner at home before we met up for a girl’s night. We had planned to meet at the Bookhouse Pub at 7:30. I’d already looked at the menu online and nothing really spoke to me. There were a few things that I thought would be okay, but nothing that looked really good. So I took the opportunity to have a quick meal at home instead. I had a flat-out pizza. Honestly, I much prefer eating at home before meeting up with friends for drinks. Saves calories and cash. A win for all! I had two beers at the pub and we called it a night.