Last weekend, on Saturday, I was up way too early so I decided to head up to the 17th floor of our hotel, the Radisson, in downtown Minneapolis. The fitness center was located up there and I thought I might give it a try.
I actually woke up around 5:30 a.m., but stayed in bed until a little before 7 a.m. and then decided to go work out. Luckily, I brought my running shoes, my heart rate monitor, my iPod and my workout clothes with me. While I was packing, I thought to myself, "Just in case!" Because really, you never know when you might get the urge to go workout!
So, I quietly crept around the hotel room, which by the way, we were sharing with our good friends, Gary and DeAnn, and grabbed all my stuff. I slipped out of the room and headed up to the fitness center. It was about 7 a.m. when I arrived and there were three people hard at it…one on an elliptical, one on a treadmill and one on a recumbent bike. All of them I am guessing were in their late 50’s and by the looks of it in pretty good shape, which I thought was pretty cool.
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that it took me several tries to finally get my key to work and open the door to the fitness room. I felt kind of stupid standing out there, but I got in…eventually.
I hopped on the treadmill that was in between a gal and guy, which later I realized were husband and wife. I found it odd that they weren’t right next to each other. Well, that is until I realized that the television on that particular treadmill wasn’t working. Crap. I could have moved because there were two more treadmills, but I didn’t want to look stupid, so I just stayed on the one with the television station tuned to the "In Fisherman" show. Yep, fishing. So. Not. Cool.
But I thought it would be okay because I had my iPod, remember? But wait, nope, I didn’t have my iPod. Stupid me in my hurry to quietly leave the hotel room left my iPod sitting on top of my suitcase. Seriously? So now, I not only was on a treadmill with a television stuck on a fishing show, I also didn’t have any music to listen to. Instead, I got to listen to the thump, thump, thumping of the lady next to me running on the treadmill. And I thought I was loud when I ran. Nope, guess not.
Even though I was not very enthusiastic about running on a treadmill (I so prefer running outside!), I made the most of it and tried to push myself. One cool thing about the treadmill is that is actually could sync to my heart rate monitor and my number showed up on the dashboard (or whatever you want to call it) of the treadmill. I thought that was way cool. And because I was running inside, I actually didn’t have as hard of time breathing as I normally do.
Typically, when running outside, I get very winded and short of breath and my heart rate can jump to between 180 and 185. I don’t think it got over 170 and let me tell you, I pushed myself. I ran a total of 3.2 miles and most of the time, my pace, which was also monitored on the dashboard of the treadmill, was a little more than a 10-minute mile. I kept my speed between 5.6 and 5.8 miles per hour, which I didn’t realize was the speed I typically run at. I tried to keep it at 5.8 the whole time, but I had to decrease it back to 5.6 to catch my breath a few times.
Again, as much as I don’t really care for the treadmill, I didn’t mind Saturday morning’s run. It was kind of exhilarating. And because it was so blasted hot in the fitness center, I was sweating up a storm by the time I was done. I may have forgotten my iPod, but at least I remembered to bring my towel!