I went to the Y last night to run my three miles around 7:30pm. That is about what time I go every night. Between 7 and 7:30, after NikkiZ falls asleep or at least at the point where she is so close to sleep I can leave her to rock next to MrZ while he plays video games. It tends to be a little crowded at that point, usually there is only one set of treadmills open next to each other. Sometimes, LilZ and I have to split up, but it’s not too big of a deal.
This week and last week have been a little different. They’ve been so crowded I’ve been lucky just to find one for me to use. At 7:30 last night I found one treadmill open. ONE. Part of me is like, “Everyone is going to get healthy this year. FANTASTIC.” I feel such a comradery with other people exercising. Whether they’re walking on the Greenway, or running my long-run route, or on the treadmills. I know how hard it is for me to make that step every time, I feel bonded with other people who made the same difficult – but good – decision.
BUT – what am I supposed to do if there is not one available? Bah! And I don’t like not being able to choose which area I want to use because what if the only one open is across the cardio section from the TV I want to watch? Or what if it’s next to Crazy Runs At Full Speed Guy? I hate running next to him because I always envision that he’s going to fall (He runs at a 9.0 – that’s SO FAST for a treadmill) (Yes, I looked.) and take me down with him. I like to find someone a little safer to run next to. And the people who use the “elevation” function on the treadmill? Running next to them screws with my equilibrium because I see their machine pointed up in my periphery and it screws with me. But it’s so crowded every night I don’t have a choice. And my biggest fear is actually not that there won’t be one to use, but that I’ll have to run between So Fast Guy and Person Running Uphill. Man. That would suck.
So, either everyone will start to fade away as they fail at their resolutions (which I don’t really want…I swear) or I’ll just have to wait and come at 8pm which is oddly the magic time it starts to thin out. I know this because I’m still running.
By the by, it’s weird to start running and the cardio section be full, but when I finish? About half of the machines are empty. All of the child-care areas shut down at 8pm, which is what I’m assuming causes the mass exodus. Either that? Or there is full-moon werewolf type phenomena that causes people to transform at 8pm every night from Person Who Desires to be Healthy to Person Who Eats Too Many Brownies. I make that conversion around 9pm, myself. But everyone is different.