Day 127 – Back to the gym

I can’t believe it’s still March. Today wherever we go, people were eating outside, women were wearing summer dresses and tank tops, shirtless guys – some of them shouldn’t be though -, running on the street or playing in the park. These scenes are typical in the middle of summer. Today’s high temperature was over 85 degrees. March weather shouldn’t be like this. I don’t know how the real summer weather will be. Anyway it was another beautiful day. But instead going outside to run, I went to the gym today. And it wasn’t that bad 🙂

Yesterday, after running with my corgis in the morning I walked more than 2 hours at the Pet Expo. My legs were tired this morning. I thought about going to the trail early but changed my mind and slept more. Then we went to Costco and a grocery store. Yes, a married couple’s Sunday date 🙂 When we came back, and took the doggies out, it was almost 5 pm. I didn’t have enough time to drive to the forest preserve trail. The small park near our house is too crowded. And I didn’t want to go outside to run. I didn’t have enough energy to deal with the heat. In this kind of situation, having a gym membership isn’t bad.

The gym was almost empty. Late in the afternoon on Sunday and the beautiful weather made sure of that. This is the best time to go to the gym 🙂 It was so quiet and peaceful. And unlike the ‘sizzling’ temperature outside, the temperature inside was very pleasant. Quiet, peaceful, and pleasant. Unusual choice of words for describing the gym I go to. The treadmill’s forgiving surface was helpful to my legs, too. I ran 5.23 miles slowly. Since I had that side pain, I couldn’t run like before. Because of the side pain, I had to run really slow for days and maybe that changed my gait and affected my leg muscles. In spite of less mileage, my legs are so tired and feeling weak. I don’t know what to do about the 2012 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K. A race makes you competitive and makes you run harder. It can be risky especially when your legs are not 100 percent. I will see how my legs feel this week and adjust what I will do.

Jeter and Cappy are still a little bit slow than usual. Yesterday’s running and days of unseasonably hot weather made them tired. We tried not to do this but we gave up and turned the air conditioner on tonight. Air conditioner in March!! When we turned it on, Jeter lay down in front of a vent and enjoyed the cool air. Cappy was chilling’ near him. Tomorrow will be hot again and I think we will leave the air on 🙂

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