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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Cross Training Creativity

So, the foot feels better today than it did on either Friday or Saturday, but it still ached a bit, and I figured it might be pushing things to run on it. Yet -- I didn't want another day of rest. And, as you'll recall, I gave up my gym membership about 3 months ago. So, what to do?

7 day trial membership, my friends.

I went online and got a pass for 24 Hour Fitness (ironically, not open 24 hours everyday) and went in to the closest location (about 2 miles away). After filling out some informational forms and sitting down with an unfriendly salesman in his cramped office, I had a 7 day (free!) pass in hand, and I headed upstairs to their machines.

I did 35 minutes, which was just a little more than 3 miles, on the elliptical and then 15 minutes (also 3 miles) on a stationary bike. After that, I was too bored to stay any longer. There were no magazines and the overhead music was not great and the TVs were not broadcasting anything of interest. The foot felt a little tired, but not hurting afterward, and I'm currently icing it (Scooter keeps licking the ice). I figure I'll spend the 7 days cross training and resting the foot from the impact of running; if it still hurts after 7 days, I'll see the doctor, but if it feels better, I will resume running.

So, tomorrow I plan on returning to the gym, but I will need to remember my mp3 player and some magazines. I can't stare at the wall again for an hour.

10 comments:

Erin said...

That's pretty crafty. There are enough gyms that probably offer free trial periods, it would be like a free month long membership!

I felt pretty good after biking today and wasn't very sunburned. Then we went out in the boat this afternoon and I think that fried me.

Good job on fitting in the cross training.

Marcy said...

I'm seriously LMAO!! You rock!!!! Clever, clever! I should totally do that!! Wonder if LA Boxing is doing a free deal . . . .

teacherwoman said...

What a great way to spend the day instead! ANd... probably away from the heat!

brunettechicagogal said...

Welcome to my boring world.

Neese said...

it takes a couple visits to get situated, glad your foot is feeling better!

CollegeGirl said...

Glad to her your foot is feeling slightly better. Hope your workouts at the gym go well!

Nikki said...

so I'm lost...24 hour gym is not 24 hours...uhhmmm...errr...ok !

Doink..here is a theory people..open 24/7!!

I'm glad your staying off your foot and planning to see a dr after a week !

J~Mom said...

This is seriously genius!!!!! Think about it...if you did this all over town you would have free gym for at least a few months. Hmmmm.....

Hope the foot is better by the end of the week!

Krista said...

Sorry to hear about the foot! Hope it gets better soon.

ws said...

Were there no other people at the gym available for people-watching entertainment?

If the injury is relatively new, you might want to try moist heat (I take a damp/wet towel and microwave it for a minute or two).