I’ve declared 2009 the year of me being cheap. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still kind of frivolous when it comes to certain things but overall I have found myself avoiding certain activities, taking advantage of freebies, using up any free item I receive and my latest… using any sort of coupon possible (and I seem to get a lot with the running races).
Quick backstory – while I was away, Jeremy went and got my car detailed at the Canton Car Wash. It’s a fancy new “green” car wash in my hood. It was nice that Jeremy got my car detailed (as many people have said) but the reason he did it was because he was “tired of having the dirtiest car on the street”. Ouch. What do you expect? The car is 7 years old. It’s not like I kept garbage in it. I just never vacuumed it or washed it regularly. Sue me. It’s a car. Who cares!
With the ridiculous amount of money he spent on getting my car detailed – he was given a 15-day “wellness” pass to the fancy MAC gym in Harbor East. After seeing how much he spent and seeing the value of this pass – I decided that I was going to take full advantage of it.
I had never been into the MAC before. I’ve heard about it’s ridiculous membership fees and poo-pooed ever joining. They have 3 indoor pools. So what? It’s still not worth the cost.
I went in yesterday to redeem my pass.
That place is a magical fitness wonderland. So clean. So big. Full of every piece of equipment I could ever want or need including authentic pilates machines.
I am in love with a gym.
I was about thisclose to joining but really don’t think I can swing the cost. I have a FREE indoor pool accessible to me through my grad school (that I have yet to take advantage of). I have a really cheap gym located in my office building (and it has everything that I need). I’m still doing the p90x at home. I run outside. The cost of the membership for 1 year is worth a vacation for 2 somewhere fabulous.
But still. That place is magic.
I’m taking a Zumba class tonight with Katie. I’m going to go again tomorrow morning. Basically – I’m using the shit out of this pass while I have it. It’s like the golden ticket! I feel like I’ve just been let into the high society of gyms. Nevermind that there was some dude in a full on samarai outfit squating a bajillion pounds during my membership tour. If anything – I should marvel in the fact that SAMARAIS belong to this gym!
Oh and a quick update on running. My plan was to run 7 miles tomorrow morning from my house down to the Inner Harbor, through a bit of Federal Hill and then back through the Inner Harbor ending somewhere near a fantastic little breakfast place. Jeremy’s ankle is killing him. He was going to ride his bike while I ran but I just saw that ending badly for me (in trying to potentially run MUCH faster than I can only leading to me crapping out very quickly and getting upset). So – I’m going to run at the gym. I know treadmill running isn’t the same as running outdoors but at least I can take comfort in knowing that I’m using the shit out of my temporary pass. They gave Jeremy one too.
Sadly – that’s my weekend. Working out. Sadly – that makes me incredibly happy. The 10-miler is in 2 weeks. I need to step up the training!