However, I finally got over there today and it was great. The treadmills have touch screens and you can watch TV, pick a workout or listen to the radio. For this HGTV-loving, non-cable subscribing gal, it was bliss. And on a more fitness-related note, I was impressed that you could have a negative incline ont he treadmill so you could replicate rolling hills.
2. As awesome as the new gym was, my run not so much. I know I'm not even two weeks out from Carmel but I just feel so slow and any faster effort feels like death. I tried to pick it up to half marathon pace for a half-mile, and it felt like the end of a 5K. OK. Maybe it wasn't *that* bad but it's frustrating to feel as if I've lost all the fitness I gained during my Carmel training cycle. Rationally, I know that's not true but it's still challenging.
3. The biggest bummer of the morning, though, was not the run but that I got a parking ticket! I paid for an hour at a meter and the attendant must have been watching it tick because the ticket was stamped at 9:30. Grr! It's only $10 but still. And the funny (ironic?) thing is that I was talking with the Skyline YMCA staff about the parking situation. There is a garage attached to the building but signage made it unclear as to whether I could use it. I can and the rates are about the same as metered parking on the street ($1 an hour). With the garage, we all said, you don't have the risk of a ticket and you don't need cash.
I wish I could say my run and new gym experience was worth $11 (my ticket plus the $1 I put in the meter) but ... yeah. The lesson: Stop being a baby and run in the rain. Or, park at work and run to the Y – which is what I hope to do this summer, taking advantage of the lunch hour classes. Friday PiYo at noon is looking mighty enticing.