Those Hotel Fitness Centers Aren’t Always The Bomb.

Getting to travel around for work is one of my FAVORITE perks. I have been all over the midwest, just in the last 1.5 years at this job! However, when you’re on your very first week of a training plan (with a BIG goal in mind), it’s really unfortunate when things are not how they seem! 😦

Even with trusted hotel brands, you can sometimes run into snags with the fitness centers. This fitness center looked like it was going to be worth every penny! There were pictures of TV screens on each individual treadmill, tons and tons of weight equipment, bikes, ellipticals, you name it – it was in pictured or mentioned on the hotel website. I was very ready to get this week of training in the books…

After night one, I had one of those rare mornings where I was so thrilled to be up before 6AM to workout! Usually, I think of every excuse in the book to workout AFTER work instead! I get to the fitness center and… only ONE treadmill was functioning (it was being used!), the thermostat was set to 85 degrees and there were several people in there making it even warmer, and then the water cooler must have been broken because there was only hot water to drink!

Due to the time crunch, I could only get a mile in by the time the treadmill was free. However, I can’t feel my arms right now (in a good way), so I did something challenging!

All I could do was laugh. I am here until Sunday so I have already thought up supplemental strength training if the same thing happens to me tomorrow. I was bummed at first to ALREADY have to deviate from my schedule, but THAT’S LIFE. And, that’s okay. Strength is so important when you’re trying to get faster. The ever optimist that I am thinks all the treadmills will be magically fixed tomorrow, anyway 😉

Here is my suggestion for some cardio when your fitness area is not exactly what you expect. NOBODY uses those stairs in lieu of that elevator –so work ‘em! Take 5 or so flights and do: hops (skip one stair), 1 legged hops, sprints, deep squat jumps (down), calf raisers, high knew runs, etc… 3 sets of as many as you can think of is a darn good leg workout. Just plain running stairs is good, too!

How do you “make do” when you’re traveling but need to get a sweat session in?

Sock Buns and Creepy Man Pants and Faster Times.

Sorry that I totally failed with the idea of a regular posting schedule. I have no idea if you know this but I speak Spanish so I got a side gig translating some documents. It’s consuming my life! But, it’s fun and nice to know that I am capable of doing large-scale tasks like this one.

For running this week, I didn’t get huge mileage numbers, but boy did I have some interesting workouts!

Sunday: 8.5 miles with a friend. I got us lost, in the arctic tundra that is Michigan lately. She wasn’t pleased. My Garmin died halfway through, because it was too cold, so I don’t even know our pace. It was NOT the best long run I’ve had.

Monday – Peak 8 (2.16 miles) and gymnastics-based conditioning. This week I held my “jog” at 7.0 MPH and my sprint at 10.0 MPH. I’m amazed at how fast I’m already getting (SEE FRIDAY’S RUN), and I have 11 weeks before my half marathon still. I am SO excited. I did, reluctantly, complete 10 chin-ups again. 😉

Tuesday – I did a super easy 2 miles and then stretched really well… Did I mention people point out my tight hamstrings a lot at the gym? It’s sort of embarrassing…

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 3.02 easy miles with Megan in the bitter, bitter cold. I love Michigan but c’mon… it’s cold. Please lighten up on us!

Friday – 4.02 mile in 33:00! This is my best run this week and I am so excited about the 8:13 (FAST TIME) pace I averaged.

Considering my goal pace for the ½ marathon (in 11 weeks) is an 8:23 pace, this makes me VERY happy and even more motivated (yes, I know it’s 9.1 more miles, but still).

Although I’ve definitely had my fair share of chocolate and ice cream this week, I’ve also seen a lot more of these types of things in my diet, and I think it’s truly helped with my energy:

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Okay, now for the reason my post is titled the way that it is… THIS is what I have to look at every time I go down to my boyfriend’s basement.

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And EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I think someone is in those pants and is going to kill me. Why do they have to hang there, right behind the treadmill? Why? Why? Why?

I’m going to enjoy the rest of my night, playing with the new sock bun I got and drinking yummy hot cocoa… away from those creepy man pants.

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Dopey Challenge Shoutout!

I inhaled ice cream and other less-than-impressive foods of choice while watching my Instagram, Twitter, Reader and Facebook feeds fill themselves with those of you who completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World’s Marathon weekend. My first and most obnoxious shoutout goes to Megan from Running Toward The Prize.

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Running off adrenaline after completing 48.6 miles in four days! Congratulations to you, Megan! 🙂

I trained with Megan for this event so she wasn’t all alone on all of her long runs. I emphasize all, because although I was with her for a good amount of long runs, she still doubled my mileage the last two months! It has been so much fun this weekend to see her excitement as she finishes the biggest race of her life to date! I cannot wait until I’m not poor anymore and can do it as well! 😉

Congratulations to the rest of the Marathon-weekend runners as well. Your accomplishments are amazing, regardless of what race you did!

On a less productive-note, I dog-sat my boyfriend’s puppy this weekend.

First, he helped me keep-up with Megan and the others whose blogs I read / whom I knew that were participating in the events at Walt Disney World:

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If you are ever in need of some computer help, I have an eager doggy for hire.

After that, we went on a 3 mile walk with his brother puppy and my friend, Brooke!

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3.06 miles, if we are being exact.

It’s good that we did that, because I ate A LOT of (AMAZING) Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream… I’m still planning to run this evening, but you know, incase that ice cream puts me in a sugar coma and I don’t run, I did get a nice walk in.

On a side note, Beau and brother Harley have been doing this since we got back,

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Congrats again, WDW Marathon-Weekend finishers! I can’t wait to be a part of that finisher group one day!