Maybe it was the low expectations?

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?


  1. What type of fitness watch do you use? I’m looking to upgrade, and I know some of the newer ones will track your workout on equipment like the treadmill, elliptical, etc. Any recommendations?

  2. I’m not a morning person at all, so don’t even attempt to workout first thing. I usually workout after Amelia has gone to bed in the evenings or on my lunch hour (when I was running). It’s definitely hard some nights to get motivated when it’s dark and cold, and I’d rather lay in bed reading!

    1. Yup! Sometimes going in without a real plan doesn’t work out but sometimes it allows you to do what you want and you just do what feels best and do it well!

  3. That’s happened to me before during races – no expectations and then getting a PB! Maybe it takes away stress and just lets you run, workout, etc. I have yet to go back to my gym (I just got back to Vancouver) so we shall see how busy it is!

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