Saturday, July 11, 2009

Long Run, Long Day

Yesterday I went to the Y for my new routine pathetic pull up workout. They only have three pull-up bars in the joint. One is a part of the big weight system that has all the cables. You know the one that always has about 5 -7 guys making love to for long periods of time. I'm not shy in the gym. I pay the same monthly dues as they and I know what I'm doing. I have no problem sharing weights or asking some big dude if he is done whatever. But this pull-up bar is literally covered by several men usually at all times. And I must admit, it's square center in the middle of the big weight room so everybody will see me do ONE BIG pull-up. Plus it's kind of high off the ground and I'm only 5'3" so that's a bit intimidating. This leaves me with one other option - the gym. On the wall there are two pull-up bars. One high, one low. Perfect. I don't care if people actively playing basketball take a peek, or if the geriatrics playing pickle ball watch, it's when a group of men are just staring, waiting for you to finish. Plus I can only do like two at a time so I do about 6 sets. Anyways, I went to my usual spot in the gym. There were some kids thing going on. A bunch of kindergartners learing to play hockey or something. After my second or third set a little punk kid came over to me: (ok, probably wasn't' a punk seeing as he was teaching kids how to play hockey but still..) Punk kid: This part of the gym is closed. We can't just have random people coming in here. Me: Do I look random to you? ( picture me. a girl wearing tennis shoes, sports bra tank, and running shorts. in a gym. doing pull ups) Punk kid: Well, it's just that.... Me: Not even to use the pull-up bar? Punk kid: Aren't there any other pull up bars here? Me: Yeah, the one in the middle of the weight room that is literally covered with "random" men. Punk kid: Ok, just finish up an leave. Yeah no kidding shit face. What did you think I was going to do? I can respect that they probably don't want a bunch of pervs watching the little kiddies, but come on. I clearly wasn't paying attention to them as I was struggling to pull my chin over that damn bar. That chin up bar was literally the only reason for going to the Y. The.only.reason. ************ So this morning I did my long run. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad. It just was. It was a hard week of training so I can't help but think that took a toll. 12 miles/10:59 av pace/163 bpm/2,074 elevation gain

14 comments:

the gazelle said...

silly asshat! why wouldn't you be able to use the pullup bar?

I bought one for my home because I was too intimidated to do my zero pushups in front of other people. I'm so impressed that you can do any, and you are my new hero! (note to self - go hang from the bar again RIGHT NOW!)

great run!

Niki said...

I totally understand about the random men hogging the pull up bar. What's up with those guys? Maybe if you go on a weekday you won't have the same problem with the punk kid?! Great job on the long run! You sure are kicking butt with your training!

seejessrun said...

As if pull-ups aren't freaking hard enough!

joyRuN said...

Ugh. You shoulda had the kid "spot" you, then you could've delivered a swift kick to his face. Accidentally, of course :)

D10 said...

Punk people annoy me too! Hope this week brings you great feeling workouts!

Amanda said...

That punk kid can eff off, you have every right to use the pull up bar. Geez!

Alisa said...

I HATE punks, especially punk kids. Was it on your blog that I posted my comment about the lame kids at my apt complex who were in the exercise room changing the channel and trying to get on the back of my treadmill while I was ON IT??!!! If so, then you got the story twice, if not, kids are all punks and LAME!

X-Country2 said...

Punk kid is right! I'd struggle to do a single pull up, so I bow to your strength.

jen said...

Pickle ball?

I can hardly do one pull up. You are awesome. Keep up the good work! Awesome run too.

KK said...

Same question as jen, pickle ball? what the hell is that? LOL at. the.only.reason. Great run too. That's some serious hillwork! I mean, whaaaa?

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

HILARIOUS!! That's all i have to say :)

And, good work with the punk kid - its like MYOB

NY Wolve said...

I hate doing pullups. In the gym, anywhere really. Never catch me hogging it. Good luck with the Navy Seal test. I saw a Discovery Channel series about Seal training and wow is it difficult (and impressive too.)

Running and living said...

I absolutely can't do pull ups. They are so difficult. You'd think that with all my swimming and weight lifting I would be able to do better...but no! Nice job. Ana-Maria

KK said...

Hey Kristen,
I made a reference to it being 98 degrees outside. like the boy band that Nich Lachey headed way back when. Anyway, you're not a loser, I just made a really bad joke :)

Tootles!