Happy Friday, everyone!
Last night Andrew and I hit the gym right after work. I don’t typically work out in the evening–the gym is the most crowded, and my flexible schedule allows me to go other times–but Andrew does, and he asked me that morning if we could go.
As soon as we walked in, Andrew realized he’d left his lock at home (which is kind of amazing considering there have been at least three incidents in the last month in which Andrew has been on his way out the door to the gym and said, “I can’t find my lock… I think I left it on the locker the last time I was at the gym.” He’s been right every time. He just locks it back up like it’s high school :-D). Without a lock, Andrew decided to give me his stuff to put in my locker. He disrobed in the hallway and gave me his sweatpants, sweatshirt and big winter coat–I looked like I was carrying a full load of laundry into the locker room, friends. 😉
Anyway, I met him back out in the main exercise room and hopped on an Elliptical beside him (he was biking at this point.) I wanted to do a little cardio warm up before lifting weights, and Andrew was just killing time until a treadmill opened. After about 5 or 10 minutes, a treadmill in the row in front of us opened. Andrew got off his bike, went to wipe it down while the treadmill user did the same for his equipment, and just as Andrew was walking toward it, a girl swooped in and took that treadmill! The nerve! (I’m kidding, she had no idea; she saw an open treadmill in a very crowded gym.) After a few more minutes, he was on another treadmill, and I hit up the weight area.
At this point, I saw an opportunity. I always feel a little bit funny taking pictures, especially selfies, in the gym, and Andrew would NEVER agree to me taking a photo of him at the gym. While I was doing the leg press, however, I realized I could take a sneaky shot of both of us. My feet + Andrew huffing away on the right. Heh heh heh. (Yes, it’s the little things. :-D)
After I’d lifted all the weights I cared to lift for the night, I hopped on the treadmill next to Andrew to do a cool down walk. I glanced over at his dashboard to see how fast he was running, as I am in the bad habit of doing (earlier in January when I was recovering from being really sick, I went to the gym with the firm plan of running 3 miles at a 6.0 (10 min/mile pace) just to help myself ease back into exercise. The girl next to me was someone I knew from high school, and I saw that she was running at an 8.0-9.0 and had been for a few miles already. Competition kicked in, and “The Club Can’t Handle Me” came on my iphone, and I thought, “Yeah, the club can’t even handle me right now,” as I foolishly upped my pace to an 8.0. I maintained this for about a mile, then had to walk because… I was still getting over the flu. It wore me out for the rest of the day. Lesson learned: listening to and honoring your body trumps competition and pride.) Anyway, I looked at Andrew’s stats and saw that he, my I-hate-running-but-sometimes-do-it-because-it’s-good-for-me husband, was running a 7:30 mile pace and had been doing it for quite a few miles! I know he has the advantage of long legs and male body composition, but I just didn’t know he could run that fast for that long! There was no time to get competitive at that point, but I think I’m going to have to up my running game and challenge him to a
duel race in a couple of months. I don’t see any other option.
Thanks for reading my ramblings. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
-Do you look at how fast other people are running/pedaling/ellipticaling next to you at the gym? Does it ever cause you to alter your own speed?
–Do you take pictures at the gym? How do you do it without feeling awkward?
-Are you and your significant other competitive when it comes to fitness things?
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Ah, thank you so much! That’s so sweet!!
HAHA love the sneaky pic! Joe likes to see how he can ruin my just-returned-from-a-run-and-cooling-down-on-the-front-porch selfies. He always manages to startle me!
Joe is the same way about running…he just does it to sweat/burn calories, but he can just get out there and run a 8:00 pace for 3 miles, no problem! I’m over here trying to train for a half marathon, and the fastest pace I can maintain for that long is 10:00! I’m a little jealous
Hahaha, thanks! That’s hilarious that Joe does that. Andrew hates selfies… actually, Andrew just hates stopping whatever he’s doing to take a picture.
What is it with those guys being able to bust out a fast pace with so little effort?? It’s just not fair.
Ahh I love this post! I came across your blog through another health/running blog and I’m glad I did because all of this totally cracked me up. I do the same thing at the gym (unforunately) as my competitive side kicks in, my pump-up music comes on and I am determined to run my heart out! Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be back to read more!
Haha, thanks! I’m glad you stopped by! The competition thing can be good, but most of the time I know I just need to do my own thing and not worry so much about what everyone else is doing. I am excited to check out your blog!
Love you bloggy makeover! 🙂 Yes, I hate going to the gym right after work because it is ALWAYS so crowded!! But YES i’m the same when it comes to being on the treadmill. I can’t handle being slower than the person next to me which isn’t good because while I might have a decent pace on the roads, I can’t maintain anything better than a 6 on the treadmill. It’s SO hard to me! Hope you had a good weekend girly!
Thanks, girl! And yeah, why the heck do we get so competitive at the gym?? When I’m just running outside I have such a good sense of, “This is just me, it’s about pushing myself, I’m the only person to beat,” but then as soon as I see someone else’s numbers on that treadmill, I am suddenly racing them. Oh well! I hope you had a great weekend too!
I totally look at other people around me on machines. Sometimes I challenge myself to be on par with their pace or even faster. Sometimes I just do my own thing though!
Glad I’m not the only one! Sometimes the competition can be good, but sometimes I just need to not worry about anyone else (like when I was sick and just needed to take it easy.)
Love the blog! I really try to ignore people at the gym. I am not a super competitive person but I do tend to match speed if I spend too much time thinking about it. I just try to preoccupy myself with music or netflix. As for pictures….no idea! I always feel like a creep taking pics at the gym but I know other people do it. If you figure out a good way to do it, let me know! Haha 🙂
Thanks! That’s great that you are able to do your own thing at the gym. For some reason I can never get Netflix to load at the gym, but I do love listening to music!