Monday Workout Tip

Everything was going so well.

I had recovered a really bad day, feeling ridiculously tired at work but trying to concentrate anyway, trying to make sense out of all the usual corporate nonsense, trying to nail down some nebulous middle-management concept and turn it into a “process map”.

A bad day.

But I went to the gym and put in a decent workout – lots of sweat, lots of effort, lots of good tunes!


Everything was going so well.

And then I went to take a shower…. 😣

Cue creepy old man, stark bollock naked, blocking the way, and vigorously drying off his crown jewels.

There’s just no need for that.

I thought when I stepped forward, he would have the courtesy to move his naked form to one side, but apparently I thought wrong. So I moved a bit closer. Still nothing.


Grudgingly, he gave me just enough room to get by.

Why does every gym have one, some strange old guy who likes to strip down and parade himself about? Do women’s changing rooms have this problem? Is it a universal old thing or just an old man thing? Do you get to a certain age and decide: “All these years I’ve wasted learning etiquette and social norms, what was I thinking? I’ve wasted my life; I should have been devising situations that allow me to get my ding-dong out and swing it around in front of as many people as possible.”

Is it a game of charades where the answer is “Free Willy”?

Is it some sort of strange territorial thing?

I don’t understand. I really don’t.

So here’s the Half-Arsed Runner’s #1 Monday workout tip: PUT IT AWAY.

(Now, how should I illustrate this post? What kind of picture would be relevant here?


On second thoughts, I think I’ll just go with a nice picture of a boat on the riverside that I took on a happier day.)

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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

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