Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Aqua-Running In Iowa?! Not so much


Over the last 5 days I’ve been out of town visiting my dad, brother, and grandpa with my son.  4 generations of men.  After the trip it is any wonder that I can chew with my mouth closed and close the toilet seat – let alone flush.  If its yellow let it mellow if its....

Of course, what this really means is that my house was totally unoccupied and you missed out on stealing dozens of dollars of valuables!  Turns out my 1980s VHS tape collection weren’t very high crime targets.  Who knew!? Whatever, more Michael J Fox on a hoverboard for me! Suckers.

I had packed the massive aqua-running floater belt, trunks, etc for the trip but the timing didn’t work out to get to a pool.  I will 100% admit that I could have forced going – but it would have 100% been forced between nap time, craft beer drinking time, visiting with family time, craft beer drinking time, and the strange 4:30pm early close of the pool.  Turns out, when the high temps are below freezing, there are fewer options to swim available.  Stupid stress fracture....  When I’m running, it is easy to force myself to get out, but with aqua-running, it is much harder.

You'd be very surprised how often it happens...


This trip was the first time that I traveled to Iowa alone with my 2 year old son.  Let me tell you, what workout I lost by not getting in the pool, I gained chasing after him. (Just kidding, I don’t buy into the whole “time on feet” cross training that people use to say that mowing the lawn is a replacement for a run.)  I took more snacks than I should have and found all SORTS of new iPad things for him to stare mindlessly at “learn”.  Of course, I will admit that there was more than one trip to the bathroom with him on my shoulders while I pee’d in the urinal and there MIGHT have been some coaxing for him to press the unlock button when he locked himself in the car.  Father of the year....

Do I look like I've been traveling all day chasing after a 2 year old?
Yeah, that is what I thought, too

Best parent of the year award goes to??


But, after nearly a week off, this morning was a new day and I got back into the pool for an hour’s worth of splashing around.  One benefit of aqua-running vs regular running? Peeing in the pool.  Yeah, I did it – while running. I figure an idiot bobbing around in the pool was enough to stare at I didn’t need to stop in the middle and just float there for 10 seconds.  I figure that since I smell like chlorine after a shower and throughout 2/3 of the day afterwards, there is enough in the pool to take care of whatever is making it burn “down there”.

Overall it was a great trip, but I really need to get back on the fitness wagon.  When my only option is pool related, the logistics are sometimes insurmountable. But, soon I'll be running again and that excuse will NOT fly.

By the way, is peeing in the pool bad etiquette?  If so, uhhhh I was TOTALLY kidding in that part up top.

6 comments:

Queenie said...

I am also from Iowa and people think it is the potato state. I thought is was somewhat acceptable when I lived in Ohio, but now that I live in Chicago I find it troublesome especially since it is a bordering state!

Carlo Cadorniga said...

Good to hear from you again Adam. So that's why you were gone a long time. I wish you can be back to running soon. Before my logs in daily mile were only about 10% or 15% of what you've been doing. I'm sure you miss it.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Cool! Were you near Chicago or Tampa or just outside Oakland?

pensive pumpkin said...

I suppose people think Africa is a country, so this makes sense. At least you find a way to blog while not running. My blog has become a freaking junior high girl's diary. It's AWFUL. I'm thinking of just shutting it down cause even I can't stand it any more.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Hah! Know where Malaysia is? Hehehehehe.

Anyway, to "make sure" I get my workout/run during vacations or business trips, I "get it out of the way" in the morning; that way I can (1) not stress about it for the rest of the day (2) perfect excuse to indulge!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I never heard of people confusing Idaho with Iowa.

Wow! That's all I have to say on that one.