Now that I’m, you know… a marathon runner [see previous post, re: the Portland Marathon], my schedule looks like this:
Monday and Wednesday Nights:
- Feed cat at night, so he won’t scream bloody murder all morning.
- Pick out work clothes, fold them and put them in a bag.
- Hey, look! I found my watch! It must have been in the bag since the last time I worked out at a gym. Like, two years ago.
- Leave bag and clean shirt on a hanger by the door to my closet.
- Put a pair of sneakers, socks, and shorts by the door to my closet.
- Try to remember to put deodorant and a razor in the bag.
- Forget that my padlock is in the garage; go get it. Don’t bother to put on shoes, step in cold cat poop on the lawn. Cat poop goes between toes. Hop inside, wash foot. Put padlock in bag.
- Remember that I’ll need a towel, if I don’t want to do a Comedy Fig Leaf impression in the gym shower. Go get one; put it on the bag.
- Set the alarm clock for 5AM.
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings:
- Alarm goes off at 5AM; roll out of bed, go put on socks, shoes, and shirt. Brush teeth. Admire punk-rock bed head.
- Grab bag, shirt. Walk out front door into dark, still morning. Feel surge of marathon-runner-itude. Try to remember why I’m not just going for a run; remember it has something to do with not taking a noisy shower after six, when LBY is liable to take any excuse to wake up.
- Get in car, drive to Mitch’s Market Street Gym. Park car, walk inside. Swipe entry card three times in scanner, proclaiming myself to be a newbie. Guy behind desk looks like Creed, looks at me tolerantly. Locker room is sixty-five degrees
- Open locker, put in bag and shirt, close padlock.
- Twenty minutes of treadmill (“Fitness test, level five”.) Longest phase of treadmill setup: “Set Weight”. Leave finger on plus button for what seems like an hour, as the numbers rack up. I’m first one on treadmill, so my brontosaurus-like stomping echoes loudly through the space.
- Back downstairs at 5:45AM; open padlock, take out towel, put in gym clothes, lock padlock.
- Take shower (ugh, forgot flip-flops!), back to locker. Open locker, take padlock, put in bag.
- Listen to two guys in locker room bantering about when they get to go to the gym, and how one guy’s wife just started going (probably to Curves, since he mentions that it’s ten bucks a month:) “She really needs to work out.” “Hey, as long as you’re the fat slob!” Both guy #2 and guy #1 were pretty ripped, so I’m not sure where to place this conversation on the Big Internet Numberline of Offensiveness, as of course all conversations must be so graded.
- Put on work clothes, shave, pat pockets one thousand times
- Get in car, drive to Dunkin Donuts, buy iced coffee (marathon runners don’t drink lattes!) and a plain bagel.
- Get on train, blog about a marathon runner’s typical morning. You know, because at this point I have a sample of… one.
So as you can see, with all the ancillary tasks to the twenty minutes of treadmill, it seems that I’m in training to be a marathon valet, rather than a marathon runner. However, I’m hoping that as I gain more practice (TODO: buy a bigger gym bag, flip-flops, get a second set of toiletries, look for padlocks that are easier to open, develop complicated relationship with spaghetti dinners) the actual, you know, workout part will become more prominent and the fumbling with padlocks, less.
And I’m hoping to avoid cat poop. I could do without the cat poop part.