AND I stayed up until 2am. I didn't really intend to do so, but a random happening reminded me of a random memory from like 1999, and I spent like an hour scouring my old journals trying to find the details about this memory. I finally found it and realized there were things I'd forgotten, and then I ended up reading all sorts of other things from that time in my life and reminiscing and laughing at what I thought was important back then, etc.
It was kind of fun. Although I tried to find something else and realized it wasn't there. I've written in a journal every day since the mid-90s (some days I write more than others, it's not always interesting, etc.), but back in 2004 or so I went through and ripped a lot of stuff out and got rid of it. At the time, I was really glad I did because it involved stuff written about guys I had crushes on.. and I remember I was with someone I thought I was going to be spending my life with and I didn't want some of those memories any more. I never once regretted it... until last night.
I was kind of bummed I couldn't find the details about this random evening when this guy I had been friends with for years decided to kiss me. I still have the memory though, so all is not lost. But I kind of hate that I can't read what my 19-year-old self wrote about it. Oh well.
That's not even the point of this post. The point is I slept in and didn't get to the gym to run until almost lunch time by the time I woke up, ate, let my food settle and got ready. I went about the same time yesterday on purpose, and here's what I've decided... I'm going to start going most days at that time.
There is some serious eye candy at the gym during lunch time. I've never been one to do much flirting at the gym (except this one time and it was kind of exciting but nothing came of it), and I've certainly never been hit on at the gym. I don't mind... I'm a hot and sweaty mess when I'm at the gym. It's not ideal. However, I always kind of notice who's there when I'm there, and it appears that all the guys my age go on their lunch breaks.
I watched them walk in wearing their polos and khakis. Ring checks showed no rings on most of the guys I thought were cute. They changed, did some weights, and then changed to leave again. (Yes, I was on the treadmill doing half-mile repeats for a while.)
I'm not saying I'm going to turn into one of those girls who goes to the gym to flirt. I'm just saying, it makes sense to me as a single 26-year-old female to go to the gym at the prime time for being around some hotties, and it looks like that's lunchtime. I've found that in the mornings you find the older folks, afternoons bring in the people wanting to bring the kids to the pool or take advantage of the free babysitting, and in the evenings it's mostly young couples.
Lunchtime it is for me. If for no other reason than to have some eye candy while I'm killing myself on the treadmill or bike.
Meanwhile, I had a great workout. I needed to do 6x800m repeats with walk breaks in between. I did the first three at an 8:34 pace, but I was feeling good so I switched it one notch to the 8:27 pace for the last three. Ideally I'd be doing these at more of an 8:00 pace, but I'm still trying to be careful and not overdo anything.
I am going to try out that duathlon class I mentioned a while back. I think swimming would be good for me, and a few extra junk miles might be great recovery in between my tougher runs. Besides, I have time now to get in the best shape of my life. I might as well take advantage of new and fun ways to do that.