August 24, 2014

Weekly Roundup - Aug 24th

This week has been one of my best in terms of the quality and success of my training runs. I seriously cannot remember the last time that I hit all of the distances and goals for my 3 runs during the week and I'm feeling very pleased about that. 

But what I most want to tell you about was the drama from my training run yesterday. I set out at about 6:45AM and it was actually somewhat cool. About a mile into the run, I realized how humid it was and noticed I was already sweating a lot. I was consuming my fluids much faster than I anticipated. I checked the time on my watch and realized that my gym would be open right around the time I was running by so I planned to stop and refill my water bottles. I've done this before so it wasn't new. Of course I don't carry my car keys with me so I didn't have my membership card and the girl at the desk started to look me up in the computer. I mentioned that I wasn't even planning to work out and just wanted to fill up my water bottles. She didn't look up. After trying several different ways to find me in the system, she was unable to locate me. When I said "I am a member and have been since before this became the YMCA," she just looked at me. She eventually said she was unable to locate me and it was clear I wasn't getting any water. Not wanting to waste more time, I headed back out the front door with tears in my eyes and panic in my mind. 

I had at least 3 miles to go until I made it home and I knew that I would struggle without fluids. Luckily there's a brand new Starbucks that's on my route so I stopped there. And the two baristas couldn't have been nicer. They even offered to wash the Gatorade out of one bottle before refilling it! In comparison to my gym, I considered the fact that I wasn't a paying customer so they didn't owe me anything. Amazing. My frustration with my YMCA fueled me to finish my run at a very strong pace so not all was lost! 

Sunday, Aug 17th

Pam:  Ran 4 miles at about 9:30 pace, walked 6 miles
Christine: 9 miles at 9:15 pace (planned 12), stretching

Monday, Aug 18h
Pam: Lots of walking around London
Christine: 30 min circuit workout with jumping jacks, squats, lunges, abs, push-ups, hip exercises, plank

Tuesday, Aug 19th
Pam: Walked 5 miles in London
Christine: Speed training - 1 mile warm up, 5x1000 with 400 RI (I dropped it to 200 after the first 1000), 1/2 mile cool down

Wednesday, Aug 20th
Pam:  Rest day
Christine: Rest day

Thursday, Aug 21st
Pam: 40 minutes elliptical, sit ups, plank, Bosu
Christine: 4 miles descending at 9:03, 8:28, 8:26, 8:11 plus half mile cool down

Friday, Aug 22nd
Pam: Ran 4 miles descending: 9:25, 9:13, 9:05, 8:57
Christine: Rest day

Saturday, Aug 23rd
Pam: Boot camp at the beach!
Christine: 10 miles at 9:04 pace, stretching 


  1. I'm so happy you were able to get your water! I cannot believe how rude the YMCA woman was. People who work at gyms should know, more than anyone, that working out in the heat takes a lot of extra fluids.

  2. Member or not, a person in need of just some water should always be a generosity! You could have been the next best member bringing in lots more members. Her manager should hear about that. A person is more willing to back to a place if treated with respect, courtesy and generosity! WTG Starbucks! Bummer this happen Christen but glad you pushed on! I wonder if she felt bad after you left, if she noticed you where sweaty, obviously in need of water, That it was Just water you needed. . Hummm

  3. I am still in shock about that YMCA. Did the manager ever contact you?

  4. Stinks that your gym was so mean, thank heavens for Starbucks.

  5. That would be so frustrating not being able to any water at the gym you are a member at. I'd be sure to say something to the manager next time I was in. That's great Starbucks was so kind. Cute pic of the pooch! Clearly she's having a great time. -L

  6. I've also found Potbelly, Cosi, and other chains are cool with my refilling with water from their soda fountains, but Starbucks people are the best. I went in for a drink immediately after a run and the guy smiled at me, said, "went for a long run?" and gave me the biggest size for the cost of a small. They also always refill my bottles.

  7. That's horrible that the woman working at your gym wouldn't just let you fill up your water bottles! What harm would it have done? She should know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially when it's so hot and humid. So glad the baristas at Starbucks were much friendlier and helpful!

  8. Congrats on hitting your training runs!!

    But what is up with your gym?! Why would she even care if you were just filling up water bottles?

  9. What an amazing trip you ladies had!

  10. That's ridiculous that they wouldn't even give you water....even if you weren't a member, it's water!!