Sunday, January 15, 2012
So I was thinking earlier that I'm not really sure what the Austin stereotype is, apart from the general "weird". I think we're supposed to be hipsters, although I don't know what hipsters are. And I'm pretty sure I'm not one.
Let me tell you what I did today, and you can tell me if this is a typical Austinite day: We did yoga this morning. Then I made some homemade pizza with organic vegetables (acquired from a local business, natch). And after that I hopped on my bike and rode across town to Recycled Reads, a local bookstore that is attached to the library system. I donated some books I'm done with and browsed to see what was on offer. And then I got home and went out for a run for good measure.
I tweeted that the only thing that was missing from my stereotype today was a trip to Whole Foods and a stop on Sixth Street for a local craft beer. (I do go to Whole Foods to get dried beans from time to time. I never go to Sixth Street. And I don't drink. So those last two things are highly unlikely.)
Anyway! So my totals for today/this week/January are:
Run 2 miles/8 miles/20 miles
Cycle 12 miles/32 miles/73 miles
P90X 1 time/1 time/3 times
Walk none/3.5 miles/6 miles
Swim none so far-- I'll start that next week
Thursday, January 12, 2012
It was a bit chilly around here today (relatively speaking; those of you who are in the north, feel free to snicker), and I was working on a report for my volunteer job until well past the warmest bit of the day. So, I decided to use the apartment treadmill rather than face the cold and dark of the great outdoors.
Since I only ran two miles, it wasn't so bad. Running on the treadmill means I have to keep a consistent pace, which I have trouble with outside, and also gives me a chance to think about my form. Over and over I told my self to relax my shoulders, keep my knees apart, head up, and core engaged. It was a nice two miles.
Two miles on the dreadmill was all for today! Tomorrow I actually have somewhere to go, so I expect to put in at least 12 miles on the bicycle.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I plot my running routes to have turnarounds at intersections or other easy landmarks so that I can remember where to turn, since I generally plot them before going out and looking to see what's there. I have to rely on the accuracy of Google maps a lot, as you may imagine. And one upside to this plotting is that I can grab hold of a handy pole-- usually the sign with the street names-- to swing myself round and go back the other way. It's only a second, but it's fun. It launches me back into being a kid, when I ran only for fun and didn't know there was such a thing as pace. It's still fun, of course, but I'm very aware of my pace now.
To satisfy my own curiosity this evening, I got the elevation profiles of my two- and four-mile routes. I was convinced that there were more hills on my two miler. And yet, you can plainly see that the four-miler wins:
It's kind of wild what my perception does to me, because among other considerations, I consistently run the two-miler more slowly per mile than the four-miler. I'm not sure what to do about that, except to keep getting out there and putting the miles in.
Walked 2 miles on Sunday & 1 on Monday
Nothing on Tuesday (not sure how that happened!)
Ran 4 miles today
Cycled 12 miles today
Still to do this week:
2 P90X workouts
Ran 16 miles; 54 to go
Cycled 53 miles; 47 to go
Monday, January 09, 2012
So, my runstreak has been derailed again. This time due to negligence... I was working on some writing I'm doing for Bike Texas (I volunteer for them a couple of hours a week, and we're in the midst of a major project), and after a few hours I looked up and it was dark! So, I made the quick decision that I could let it go and start over, again. :( And today some friends are coming-- a former roommate and her husband-- so I won't be doing any running today, either. I'm not about to forgo catching-up time with a friend I haven't seen in nearly two years in favour of a couple of miles. My mental health is important, too.
So! We walked two miles yesterday, to and from church. And that's about it. And I weighed this morning and went up a couple of pounds. Grrr! However, I kind of thought that might happen, so no worries. Next week will be better.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I informed my husband this morning that I intended to do Yoga X before running, so he decided to join me. This is great on a lot of levels, because he has a lot more experience than I do with yoga, so he can generally see when I'm doing it horribly wrong and help me correct my form before I do any serious damage. We got 30 minutes into the workout before deciding that pressing on may be hazardous to both of us, since we are out of practise. And we finished our our workout with a 2-mile run through the neighbourhood.
Totals for the week/Still to go for January:
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