Long time no write. I know. Life's been busy, per usual, but really, I've just been scared to write what I'm about to write.
The Austin Half-Marathon is now less than 3 weeks away. Actually, it's only 2 weeks and a few days away. And I am scared.
Terrified, really. Because I don't feel prepared at all despite weeks and weeks of training. It doesn't help that the last few weeks have been subpar, at best. My training runs have been cut short, and as a result, my long runs have suffered. My 10-miler last week on the dreadmill was a struggle to say the least. This weekend I have 12 miles to tackle... 12 miles. That's only 1.1 miles shy of the Half. I plan to attack said miles in Central Park because I haven't been out there in weeks, and I need some hills work. The Austin Marathon is scary hilly, and I can't force myself to the do the kind of hills on a dreadmill that I am forced to do when running in the Park. So the Park it is! Current forecast is most sunny with high of 36 and low of 32. I can handle that.
Last night I started my 7-day pass to Equinox, the queen of all gyms. I currently belong to NYHRC but have a number of complaints about it and have considered switching to Equinox. Many of my work friends work out at Equinox, and one used to be a personal trainer there, so she scored me a 7-day pass to check it out. Equinox does have a lot to offer, and last night's experience was more than pleasant. I lifted weights with a coworker for about 30 minutes and noticed just how much nicer and easier-to-use all the machines were. Also? They were SO clean. Major plus plus plus. Then I pounded out 2 speedy-ish but painful miles on the treadmill (did 3 on Wed so had to make it 5), did about 15 minutes on the rowing machine (my new love!) and stretched.
The gym is pristine, with the newest, nicest equipment, an awesome stretching area (the entire floor of the area is squishy mat material so all you need is a towel), and a GORGEOUS locker room. Seriously, there were 3 people in the bathroom at all times cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. The OCD in moi really loved that. They also use Kiehl's products and have a spa-quality sauna and steam room. I have yet to use them, but once I do, I know I'll be hooked. On top of that, I was there at the busiest time of day, and there were plenty of machines available. I also hear the classes are quite nice, but I've yet to try them. Oh and they have a boutique (dangerous) and a smoothie/burrito/salad bar. Ridic.
Will I switch? I've no idea. The gym is, quite literally, twice the price (if I want access to all locations, which I think I do). Therefore in my mind, it has to be twice as nice. If my mom and sister are reading this, I know what they are thinking. Why on earth do I need such a nice gym? Especially considering my considerably reduced income and expensive lifestyle (not really, it's just more expensive because this city is so darn expensive). Well, here's the thing: the gym has become an important part of my day-to-day life, and I want to keep it that way. What better motivation than a nice, fancy gym? ;)
I'm returning to the beautiful Equinox on 50th/Broadway this evening to pound out 5 miles. There's not much else I'd want to do less on a Friday evening after work.