Last night I’d laid out my clothes anticipating a damp run, but when I saw the raindrops pouring out of the sky and pelting the puddles outside my building, I quickly changed tack. Scratch the outdoor run; I was taking this 6-miler inside. Gym, here I come. Thankfully I’d gotten up at 5 AM because it took me 45 minutes to get out of the apartment–I had to pack my gymbag AND pack my work outfit for Wednesday morning since I was running to work that day and needed my outfit waiting for me, natch. I finally made it to the bus stop, and was waiting for about 10 minutes before I realized that I nad neglected to pack bra & undies for Wednesday, of all things! Back to the apartment I trudged, grabbed the goods, and slogged it back to the bus stop… and the Q32 still hadn’t arrived!
Once at the gym, I was all sorts of aggravated, but the ceaseless grind of the treadmill sanded off the edginess. I increased the pace from mile to mile, which felt good. I had my iPod in and was pleased with the songs that came up on shuffle. All things considered, by the time I stepped off that treadmill after 54 munutes and 30 seconds I felt calm and limber. I stretched for about 20 minutes and it felt terrific. I wasn’t freezing from a cold and damp outdoor run (like I usually am) and my muscles didn’t seize up right away (like they usually do). So I stood off in a corner and stretched every inch of my legs. I wasn’t expecting that benefit from staying warm during my run, and I really appreciated it.
I made it to my desk by 8:30, applied the make-up I keep stashed in the credenza, then sat in meetings until it was time to head to my new primary care doctor for a physical–my first in probably three or four years. He told me that my heart, lungs, reflexes and blood pressure are all strong, and my blood test results will be in next week. Mister Doctor did prescribe me Xanax though, to help me with my insomnia since he believes it’s caused by anxiety (it was strange ticking off all my stresses to my primary care physician). Bonus: I can take it on my flights into and out of London Heathrow for the Virgin London Marathon.