Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I left my frustration on the treadmill

I had an utterly craptastic day yesterday. And trust me, it had nothing to do with having to go back to work after a week-long furlough.

I don't even want to get into it. Let's just say I was upset. And if looks could kill? Well, there might be fewer people on earth. Just sayin'.

So when quitting time rolled around I knew I had to go to YMCA. I needed a treadmill. I needed to run. Take all of the frustration I had out on that unsuspecting piece of gym equipment. But mostly I just needed to run so I could zone out, not have to think.

And of all days, this was the day I walked into the YMCA and every. single. treadmill. was. taken. Grrr. Not helping my day. I looked at the board, found one that was going to be opened up in 10 minutes. I scrawled my name across the board and went to stretch and pedal on the bike for 5 minutes (got a whole mile done).

So I'm sitting there, pedaling. Keeping my eye on this teenage chick who's walking on the treadmill that's got my name on it. I glance up at the clock. Two minutes left. Guy two treadmills down gets off. She keeps walking. One minute left. Still walking. Time's up.

She keeps walking.

Huh? Don't you understand time limits? Does she not realize this is not the day to mess with Badgergirl? That I'm a wee bit cranky?

Meanwhile there's the empty treadmill, calling my name. I hop off the bike, go over to the board.

Score. No one has claimed it yet. I erase my initials from treadmill that's still occupied by the oblivious teenage girl and scrawl them next to the one that's lonely.

I jump on. Start to run. And start to not think. I zone out. Can't even concentrate on whatever college basketball game is being shown on the TV in front of me. I just run - for 3.15 miles - and it feels good. Almost didn't want to stop, but I knew I had an errand to run before settling in front of the TV for The Bachelor. So I stopped running.

Oh and the oblivious teenage walker? She stopped walking TWO MINUTES before I stopped running. That's 28 minutes over the allotted 30-minute time limit. And I admit, I push the limits myself, but not on days when every single treadmill is occupied.

So two people almost suffered as a result of my lethal glares yesterday. Good thing I ran.


Today I opted to actually follow my training plan and take a rest day. Probably needed it after running 7 of the last 8 days.


And head over to Running Off at the Mouth for a great handheld water bottle giveaway!


Nat said...

I know the feeling. My ironman training has saved LOTS of people lately - ha! Good way to burn off steam although I still give the glares.

Carolina John said...

yea time limits also really annoy me. the resolutioners are starting to filter away, but the treadmills are still more occupied by walkers.... always annoying.

oh and i just won't join a gym again that has time limits on the tm's. i might need to get on there for 4 hours and i don't want anyone giving me shit about it.

Carolina John said...

btw, are you on facebook?

teacherwoman said...

geez. how annoying. hope your day is better today!

MCM Mama said...

Glad you were able to run out your frustrations. I have days like that were I walk out the door as the hubby walks in because if I don't there will be a few less people in the world.

Marlene said...

Ahhhhhh, nothing like a good run to get it all out and clear your mind.

It drives me crazy when people are hogging the treadmills when it's busy. ARGH!

Badgergirl said...

Carolina John - Check your e-mail.

amybee said...

very annoying when people think they are "above" the time thing... hope she at least wiped off her machine.

Badgergirl said...

I forgot to mention that Amybee. She DIDN'T wipe down the machine. Just stopped and walked away. The nerve.

Runner Leana said...

I'm glad you were able to get a treadmill! I know the feeling, where you are frustrated and you are mad...it is the perfect time for a run!

J said...

I have had those days before! I hate when people are weird and selfish at the gym! Hopefully today was better for you!!

Tricia said...

So glad you could leave your frustrations on the treadmill. Running is a great outlet for stress. :) Just wanted to stop by on behalf of the 1000+Mile Club and see how you're doing with your mileage challenge. Make sure you log those miles on our spreadsheet. Happy Running!

Running Diva Mom said...

Run girl, run!!!