Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Being Good

In Denver on Tuesday I decided to make the effort/take advantage of the 1 hour time change to workout. Since I ran Monday I really only wanted to use the bike or elliptical machine and if time weights. Of course I stayed up way to late pretending to work Monday night and when 6:45 am rolled around I was too comfortable and exhausted to move. Finally, I pulled myself out of the bed shortly after 7 am and headed down for a short elliptical session. Of course no one was using the dreadmills, only the elliptical machines and stationary bike! So I hit up some hand weights in my very annoyed state. Luck would have it some guy decided to be kind and jump off the elliptical after his 25 minutes so I could use the machine. Must be because I'm so cute in the morning ;) Unfortunately the guy who gave me the machine wasn't the one with really horribly b.o that made me dry heave. Now I know it wasn't my cuteness that had him cutting his workout short!

As usual, I stayed at a not so classy Embassy Suites. Seriously, it has seen better days but it's so close to the site and I'm all for convenience/a short commute. After my 35 minute workout I headed to the free breakfast but was so not feeling the egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms - my go to Embassy Suite breakfast. So I hit up the oatmeal. I lifted the metal lid to set it against the back of the pot to dig in and wadyaknow it crashes to the ground! Bang! The whole breakfast area stopped and stared. And I? I just turned and waved! Of course I would be the awkward girl making things crash to the ground. The waitstaff was annoyed but at least nothing was broken. I ate my oats (with some delicious cherry preserves) and headed on my way.

Anyway, this morning I had 3 people comment about how good I was for waking up and getting a workout done. I found it humorous because here I was feeling bad I slept in and only did a 30 minute workout! Thank goodness for others to change my perspective. It may not have been much but it was more than nothing!
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Happy to report Monday I found time for another pre-flight run. It was another great day in Chicago (in the 60's)! I had plans to run 10 then left late due to work and bumped it down to 9. Well... then my sister called mid-run, I realized what time it really was and decided only 8 miles was doable. A nice 8 for a 9:43 average min/mile.

I don't know what it is about not being in "training mode" but I get stupid about running. I wear socks I normally wouldn't, I don't use body glide, I'm not as focused/religious about my pre-run rituals. It is good in a sense that I try new things I normally wouldn't and can find out what works. It's bad in other ways though. After my 8 miles then flight to Denver I was hurting! Lack of body glide on a warmish day, bad socks, poor cool down, no stretching, then a 3 hour flight = bad news! The good news I did hydrate as Denver makes me thirsty! I'm sure I'll repeat in a day or two :) It takes awhile for me to learn my lesson.

20 comments:

Michelle said...

I think its awesome that you got in your workout in the morning. One thing about us runners, we are not lazy. Well, maybe a bit lazy but we get the job done!!

Sorry I haven't been to your blog in a while, but I intend to stop by more often. No blog laziness here!!!

Your 8 miler was SWEET!!!

Michelle said...

Also, congrats on a 4.02.13 marathon. That is so freaking awesome. I am very proud of you!!!

Mark said...

Great post! You do a superb job of balancing travel and running. Funny scene at breakfast!

Marlene said...

Funny you say that - I'm the same way! I've been so laid back about my running lately... perhaps too laid back. Oops!

Good job on the workouts!

kristen said...

That was the perfect reaction to being the clumsy girl. When in doubt - Wave!

I feel you on not taking your runs 'seriously'. I havn't put body glide on since the marathon. Oh, I *think* about it, but for some reason never actaully do it. lazy? I don't know.

Agian, majorly impressed with how you can get the workouts in on the road. I'm not sure I would be that good.

Jeri said...

I'm still insanely impressed at your fitness routine when you're all over the place geographically. That would give me SO MANY excuses to just skip the workouts. You have a lot of drive for sure. :) I would totally be the girl knocking down/tipping over/making a ruckus at breakfast time. I call it grace. :)

MCM Mama said...

You are so good about getting your workouts in!

Totally LOL at your noise at the breakfast. I always do things like that...

kilax said...

I am weird when I am not in training mode too. That makes me want to always be training for something! Or at least, to make my own plan and follow it!

I hate it when people hog the machines. Hee hee. My mom used to use a certain elliptical each day at the Y (not that it mattered which one it was) and one day, she saw someone get off of it and start to leave the room when she arrived, but when they saw she was arriving to use it, the rushed back and got back on it! She was so pissed. She NEVER gets pissed. She called me and said she was so discouraged she just went back to work. :( I should talk to her and encourage her to go to the Y again.

lifestudent said...

I have a friend that did a 10-miler on a treadmill in VEGAS. Some people are really dedicated to the run. 30 minutes in the AM is awesome! When you are out of your element and still keeping some sort of your workout routing it means you are a 100% rock star ;)

RunToTheFinish said...

it is funny when people say that...I'm usually thinking it wasn't that hard and I feel so much better!!

way to go oatmeal crasher

aron said...

awesome job fitting the workouts in!!

The Laminator said...

I admire you Jamie for working and traveling and still finding ways to fit your workouts in in the morning! I don't think I'm as dedicated as you are when I'm NOT in training! Good job to you!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

LMAO at you just turning around and waving... i'd be beat red! You're a rockstar with getting it done!

J said...

I can imagine myself doing the same thing and making a scene at the hotel breakfast!! Great job on the workouts!

bill carter said...

Hi Jamie

Just getting caught up after a blogcation. Good for you finding a way to workout despite the inconvenience of being on the road so much. It actually made me laugh when I read about the lack of quality workout rooms. This is always a problem for me as there is usually one treadmill and one elliptical and they are from pre World War 2.

Congrats on the 4 hour marathon and yes when it is 2 minutes, I round down!

Jess said...

hahaha oh man at least you turned and waved. I would have mortified and tried to hide behind something lol.

carpeviam said...

Thanks a lot for telling me you were in Denver. Thanks A LOT! ;

Tara said...

You were in Denver?? Cool! I'm glad you got in a great workout while you were here.

And I think that was the PERFECT reaction to your big "bang" with the oatmeal. If I had been there I would have cracked up!

X-Country2 said...

Way to find time and places to run. My Embassy go-to breakfast is strawberry yogurt and granola in a paper coffee cup. Mmmm.

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