You guys, 6am was TOUGH yesterday morning. It was my first day back at work after the holidays and the early morning alarm was difficult to wake up to but once I remembered how much I enjoy my job, my walk to work, my coworkers, and all the rest of it, 6am didn’t seem so bad. I didn’t even try for a 4:40am alarm to hit the gym before work, so that meant a post-work gym sesh.
Note: I left my work make-up on when I went to the gym and it was a great reminder of why I don’t wear make-up to the gym. EYELINER DRIPPING EVERYWHERE.
I try not to have high expectations for post-work runs or gym sessions. Usually I’m tired and just heading back out into the -25C weather to go to the gym is accomplishment enough. I knew there was a BodyPump class at 6:15 so I kept in my head all day that I. Would. Make. It. I had some dinner before the gym then headed to class and surprisingly KILLED IT. I was kind of shocked at how few people were in the class on January 3rd and it felt good to lift some weights, get a good burn on, and not have to think about what I was going to do for a strength workout!
After class, I felt really good and hit the treadmill for a quick run. I started at an easy pace of 9:30min/mile and decided to make it into a progression run, winding up at 8:00min/mile at the 30 minute mark. I did a bit of cool down before hopping off and heading home. Maybe it was the low expectations, but that workout felt GOOD. Like, smiling-when-it-hurts, don’t-even-care-about-the-eyeliner, good.
I feel like maybe I caught the buzz of my fellow goal setter and resolution crew at the gym. There is something kind of magical about seeing people take action towards their goals. It’s easy to get frustrated when someone is using your squat rack or when all of the treadmills are full for the month of January but for some people this might be their first time stepping out of their comfort zone and into the gym and why make it more intimidating than it already is by glaring at them while they use YOUR treadmill. I mean, I glared for maybe 0.4 seconds before I caught myself. 😉 It turns out post-work gym sessions don’t have to suck, just set the bar low and you’ll kill it.
When was the last time you had an amazing workout?
Do you have any fitness goals or resolutions?
Is your gym packed now?