Treadmill Tuesday

Did you know that you should not ask for a Z-Pak when you go to the doctor? Apparently, the antibiotic can carry heart risks. Too bad. I do love me some antibiotics. Maybe that has something to do with why I am sick all the time. I always end up on the treadmill at the gym that is directly in front of the TV that plays ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Today, I had to watch the disturbing news about my beloved Z-Pak, last week it was the outbreak of an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria that is spreading through hospitals and nursing homes. I’m immediately envisioning ‘”The Twelve” happening in real life. CDC, I hope you are on top of this one. We don’t need any Virals running down Lakeshore Drive. Lucky for me, there were puppies on the TV to my right.

I was also fascinated with the ginormous man running on the treadmill next to me. His legs easily had two feet on mine. For every mile that I ran, he ran two. By the time I hit three miles, he had run six. Amazing. He wasn’t seriously running a four minute mile, was he? Yup, he sure was. Didn’t even seem to break a sweat, either.

This past week, I’ve noticed some swelling in my outer right thigh. I think it might be scar tissue building up, or maybe just a strain, which means I am in dire need of a deep tissue sports massage. That’s what I’m telling Dean at least. Any recommendations where I can get a good one in the South Loop? So I took it easy on the sprinting this weekend due to my leg. Instead, I hit a few Pilates classes with the gorgeous Selena at Posture Perfect Pilates, and was able to do some easy four mile runs outside. But only in Chicago can it be sixty degrees one day, and thirty five the next.  Chicagoans, what is with this weather?! It was snowing when I left work today, so onward to LA Fitness it was.

I wasn’t sure what kind of running mood I was in when I got to the gym. I usually try to plan out my runs beforehand but today I decided I was just going to wing it. I was sleepy this evening and unmotivated. My student teacher is teaching my class all this week. That means a lot of sitting for me. I am so not used to sitting all day. I do not know what to do with myself. I don’t know how people manage to sit at a desk all day! I snacked non-stop, and never got full. I ate a lot of chocolate and drank a bunch of Diet Coke. Felt very blah. Granted, my job is usually very physically exhausting – there are days I don’t sit down for ten hours, and don’t eat, use the bathroom, drink water, etc., etc. But the day goes so fast. There is a good reason I forget to take care of myself. I am keeping 32 six year olds happy.

Any who, here’s what my run looked like today:

0:00 – 3:00   3.9 MPH

3:00 – 6:00   6.0 MPH

6:00 – 30:00   1 minute @ 7.8 MPH then 1 minute @ 6.5 MPH (12 times)

30:00 – 36:00   7.0 MPH

36:00 – 39:00   3.9 MPH

39:00 – 54:00   3.6 MPH @ 3% incline

Who’s gearing up for St. Patty’s day this weekend? I dug up my green tee, and am mentally preparing myself for feeling awful on Sunday. Getting old is no fun.

Where da gold at?

Happy Tuesday!


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