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42 Ks in 42 Days 

Day 11 – Work in the work out

Some days I shouldn’t even get out of bed.

Today was one of those days. Last night’s storm kept me up all night, and I could barely move when my alarm went off this morning. Luckily I have a lot of overtime to spare at work, so I called in and begged for a few extra hours of beauty rest. My co-workers had no problem with it, so instead of a 9AM start, I dragged my sorry ass into the office at the crack of noon.

The only problem with this was that I had to squeeze eight hours of work into a five-hour day. This included a two-hour conference call, a couple of writing assignments and a bunch of phone calls and emails to return. To make matters worse, I also had a telephone interview scheduled for 6PM and a postering job to take care of shortly after that.

Somehow, in the midst of this madness, I had to pull off a workout. As much as it pained me to do it, I decided the quickest route was heading to the gym, jumping on the treadmill and peeling off six quick repeat mile. It wasn’t the workout I wanted to do – I initially planned on running eight miles at the track – but I was strapped for time and had no intentions of stapling posters to poles in the middle of the night. I’ll make up those miles on my easy run tomorrow, I guess.

While I am no fan of the treadmill, I have to admit it is ideal for speed workouts. All you have to do is set the speed, hop on board and hope you don’t fly off the back end. At 13.6 kilometers an hour, I wasn’t in any danger of falling off, but it was still fast enough to work up a decent sweat. I cut my rest time to one and a half minutes, making the workout a little more challenging, and paid particular attention to my form, which I felt was a little lacking on the track the week before.

Overall, the workout went well. I made it through all six miles without any significant fatigue, and left confident that I could have added an extra two if time allowed. Hopefully I’ll feel the same way next week, when I up the workout to ten miles.

I wanted to bask in my post workout glow, but instead I threw on my jacket and bolted for home. I barely made it in time for my interview (it went terribly because my phone recorder went AWOL and I had to type out every response) and then trudged around Halifax’s North End, putting up posters for a show I’m not even playing. Like I said, some days I shouldn’t even get out of bed.

My fortunes should improve tomorrow. I have an easy day at work, an easy workout for lunch, and then it’s off to Saint John for a weekend filled with friends, family, and lots of turkey. I even get to run twenty miles on some of Southern New Brunswick’s finest back roads. Can you believe I am actually looking forward to it? I’m a little surprised myself.

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