Interstellar Adventures

May 16, 2006

Pinch of the Personal Trainer

Filed under: Training — by InterstellarLass @ 12:57 pm

Well, at least I don’t need help lifting my wallet anymore. Yesterday I went and joined a gym again. I need to balance my outdoor running cardio with weightlifting and get a boost at getting in shape. Well, a different shape then I’m in now anyway.

The company I work for has a number of discounts at different gyms, and I selected one close to my house. The trainer I met with was about 5 inches shorter than me, looked like he might have been on ‘roids, had shaved everything, and smelled like baby lotion. (I love the smell of babies and all, but baby lotion just gets to me for some reason. Baby powder and all the other sweet smells are one thing, but ewww! that pink stuff is gross.)

Anyway. The monthly dues are low, but damn. I’m in the wrong business. I need to be a private personal trainer. Sessions run between $52 (discounted) up to $75 an hour at the gym. Can you imagine what some people pay for trainers to come to them? Then comes the personal cookbook and training regimen, and then the big bucks come flowing in…

I’ve got to call my assigned trainer, LaShonda, back today and make an appointment with her. I’m sure there will be weighing and measuring and whatnot going on. I’ll probably tear up a bit. Then, in 9 weeks, after 2 sessions per week with the trainer, there will be more weighing, measuring and whatnot going on. And hopefully by then I’ll be smiling.

May 1, 2006

Ooops, I did it again…

Filed under: Adventures,Running Life,Training — by InterstellarLass @ 9:39 am

Last week I submitted an application. But not just any application. An application for entry into the 2006 ING New York City Marathon. I don’t have to qualify on time like Boston (maybe when I’m 60!); it’s a lottery drawing instead. Only 35,000 (yeah, only!) people get entries into NYC each year, but thousands more apply. Supposedly out of US applications, approximately 50% are accepted. I’ll find out sometime in mid-June. If I don’t get in this year, I can apply again. After 3 continuous years of applying and not being selected, that 4th year you are a guaranteed entry.

My back-up races are Harrisburg or Steamtown (Scranton to Forest City, PA). Both are very small marathons, run in PA in the fall. And, then of course, there’s White Rock. I have a friend considering the full, and another considering the half, so of course I have to be out there to support my girls!

August 25, 2005

I knew it!

Filed under: Training — by InterstellarLass @ 8:23 am

Yep, I’m wishing I had run hills. I had my first taste of the mile repeats today. They suck big time. They’re super fun!

Mile 1: 10:20 (way too fast)
Mile 2: 10:48
Mile 3: 11:00
Mile 4: 10:48
Mile 5: 10:45
Mile 6: 10:34

These are all actually a little fast, but hey, better than slow. Total of 6 miles in 1:04:05 (if my math is right, which it may not be), with an average 10:40 mile.

I’ve decided to serialize the Colorado report. First installment will be up tomorrow. I know you’re all sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation. 😛

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