Day 129: elliptical. thirty minutes. yeah buddy.

running board Yesterday morning was just a cross-training day. I was up early and hit the elliptical for thirty minutes. I didn’t want to overdo it because today was a really long run (18km) and I felt like bracing myself was in order.

I decided to walk over to the gym because it was a nice morning; the temperature was perfect and it was easier than scraping the truck. I started out and just a few steps in I remembered why I had been driving over – ICE! I was literally shuffling along on the ice so I wouldn’t slip. Ever-so-lightly moving my feet and thankfully didn’t bail. I got to the crosswalk and busted it across; just as I finished crossing (on a legit walk light) a big-ass red truck ran through the lights (I guess red lights don’t apply to him.) As I was staring in disbelief, he whipped into the gym parking lot. Must have been anxious to get his workout over with too!

The gym wasn’t really busy at all, but the rinks were just hopping with kids and parents. I’d like to take a minute to acknowledge that at 7 a.m. there were at least four adults on the ice (that I could see) volunteering their time to help out these hockey kids (and parents). With all the stuff we’ve seen lately about sports, volunteers and hockey parents, I must say that seeing this warmed my heart. I don’t think a lot of people have a handle on how much work (and stress) comes with volunteering your time, so major KUDOS to the people who give up their time so generously on a Saturday morning (and any time for that matter.)

Anyway, back to the workout. The elliptical was good, but I must confess that I had it on pretty easy settings (vertical: 4, resistance: 5). Not a whole lot even happened in the time I was there. No one farting or being inappropriate. There was really nothing great on TV either so I just quietly did my thing and hopped off. However, as I went to erase my name off the sign up board, I noticed this obnoxious comment: I never sign up. Really? So despite the gym monitors asking people to please be respectful of others time and sign up, you don’t? Why, pray tell? Someone needs a refresher on gym etiquette I’d say!

Overall, I enjoyed my mini-workout. Love cross-training days!

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