Friday, January 2, 2009

Let's hear it for efficiency!!

For my New Year's day workout I decided I wanted to run for an hour. When I woke up it was a very cold 9 degrees and there was snow all over the road. So I headed off to the gym for a run on the treadmill...and so the inefficiency begins.

I left the house at 9:35 a.m. I arrived at the gym at 9:54 and had to wait in the car since the gym didn't open until 10:00. (I was able to make one Happy New Year phone call while I waited.) Once inside the gym, I headed for the locker rooms, stripped off all my winter gear, unlocked the lock for the locker, grabbed my iPod, locked everything away, and was on the treadmill at 10:07. (If you are keeping track that is 13 minutes at the gym without exercising one minute!) I had a great run (6.13 miles of nice easy running) and then did everything in reverse. I pulled into my garage at 11:29.

That is 1 hour and 54 minutes of time it took me to accomplish one hour of working out! Ouch, that is just a lot of wasted time. Fifty-four minutes I could have been spending with my kids and husband, or practicing, or relaxing.

So, in an effort to be more efficient, I have decided that if Kel (that's my husband for those of you who don't know, and, yes, his name is Kelly too!) is home I will only run at home...even in the dead of winter. I put a bid on some Yaktrax I found on Ebay, so I don't have to be worried about slipping (and if I get them I will have saved 50% off the asking price!). Kel bought me a reflective vest for Christmas, so if it is getting dark people will see me. I have 2 pair of warm running tights and a great pair of running gloves.

And now, I have no excuses.

Get out in that cold and snow and run, run, run!

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