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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The New Routine Running

Yesterday was the start of what I'm hoping will become part of my weekday routine running: treadmill miles at the campus gym.

My schedule allows me about an hour and a half when I first get to campus to workout and shower before I've scheduled office hours, so yesterday was my first go at this routine.  I've never used the faculty locker room before, but I got the code, and I packed all my shower stuff.

It went well yesterday, but I have come down with a case of the sniffles -- just a minor head cold that is more annoying than anything -- and combine that with the fact that I was running a wee bit later than I'd have liked and I only got 4 miles done.  Which was fine.  I showered, got ready, and had plenty of time to arrive at my office.  The one downside?

There seems to be no hot water in the faculty locker room.  It was a bit like showering in a Russian prison.

Today, then, I arrived at my "goal" time, plus I am feeling a bit better today, so I managed to do a full 6 miles on the treadmill (in 58:50, I might add, which for me, is SUPA fast), then I headed over to the showers, and again, brrrr!

My one error today?  I forgot to pack a towel!  DOH!

I had an extra gym towel, but that's only about the size of a hand towel, and drying myself with that was a bit comical.  It reminded me of the scene in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" when Steve Martin's character has to dry himself with a wash cloth after the John Candy character has used up every other available towel:



So, these are the lessons learned so far: Arrive on time, be prepared to take an icy shower, and, this important Jess, remember an effing towel!

12 comments:

Erin said...

I have refused to work out at work for similar reasons (mainly, public showers gross me out and I am afraid of the cold water or lack of towel incident).

That is super fast!

Nobel4Lit said...

Yay, treadmill at work! I know the conditions aren't the best, but I did that for a long time before I decided to go the home DVD route.

Viper said...

Well done on the speediness and new routine. Just consider your shower the cooldown phase of your workout. You'll get used to it. Cheers!

Erika . . . with a K said...

Colds going around everywhere. I can feel one coming on too, it's going around our house. I hope you are feeling better so you can keep up with your new schedule!

Michael said...

I had no idea that you too had spent time in a Russian prison. What were you in for...? ;-)

Jess said...

I'm betting it was for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred"

Nikki said...

I've dried off ith a gym towel before and it's tricky!

James said...

Eww! Treadmills! I can't stand them. To each their own. :)

runaroundmyblog said...

Ive forgotten a towel once. But the one thing I forgot that got me mad... Panties. Ugh. Oh I once thought I forgot a shoe. It ended up being in my car! After that, I started carrying an "emergency" bag in my trunk. It had panties, bra, deodorant, etc.

runaroundmyblog said...

Oh, and the "hand towel" comment reminded me more of the new Starsky & Hutch with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. Lol.

Agate Lake Girl said...

Too funny!

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