The roads and sidewalks have been all slushy and slippery, which has kept me indoors for the past couple weeks no matter how much I've wanted to get out for a run or a ride. I've also been craving heavy, carby, warm foods. It's the wintery weather. As a result, I feel like a squirrel trying to fatten up for hibernation. I doubt I've actually gained any weight. It's just that I feel sluggish and squishy, if you know what I mean.
So, the hubby went to a friend's house last night to play WarHammer, and I took the opportunity to go to the dreaded gym. I rode 6 miles on the exercise bike, stretched, ran 3 miles on the treadmill and stretched some more. It was a good hour of cardio during which I watched some news and most of an episode of "House." The stories in that episode keep lingering in my memory today for some reason. I also saw a commerical for the next season of American Idol, which apparently starts soon. Ellen Degeneres is going to be a new judge. I may have to add that to my list of guilty-gym-TV-watching pleasures this year.
I also got to try out my new pair of running shoes, which my mom bought for me this weekend during our birthday/Christmas shopping outing. After the second mile, I started to feel a few places rubbing uncomforably. I'll have to give them a few more miles of testing and then decide whether to take them back and try a different pair. If I'm going to be training for races next summer, I want some shoes that fit right. Blusters and lost toenails are a cool badge of accomplishment and all, but I've been there done that. I don't need a repeat performance.
After my great workout, I went home and snacked on strawberry cobbler and roast beef (strange combination but that's what sounded good). I probably ate all the calories that I'd just burned off all over again. Oh well. Welcome to gym season!