I went for an early morning trace run before work. I had a lunch engagement so that would prevent me from getting a workout. I kept my heart rate low – below 150 – and just enjoyed the run. It is funny when you see people out on the trace in the early morning – it is such a small group of people that have the same commitment. I only saw about 5 people in the 45 minutes that I was out – three were Shawn, Stephen and Terry - these happen to be guys that I have been swimming with on Wednesday nights. It is a small group of people indeed. I finished the 6 miles at a hair over 8 minutes per mile.
At lunch I attended a focus group at the Payne Center (the fitness center here at the campus). They wanted feedback on what the center does both good and bad. I truly believe that I am adaptable and the Payne Center meets all of my needs – and I am at the center 10 + times each week. In addition to the center being very convenient in location it also has the trace very close by. For me, this extends the use of any fitness center by having a 42 mile rails to trails for biking, running or whatever. The center also allows for me to commute to work via the trace and then use the facilities to clean up before work. I know that I have it lucky – all of this plus an indoor 1/8 mile track, workout room with free weights and machines, cardio area with treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes, yoga and other classes, an indoor pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts, sauna and an outdoor hilly walking track – for – get this about $15 a month. I don’t think that there is much more you could ask for!