Saturday, December 07, 2013
Well, 'tis the season. This past week my office has had cookies and pie free for the taking. I'm either too busy to look a second time, or making progress over the past year-plus in just not considering them. For that I am very thankful. Also, each time I pass up the pastries it builds the habit and it becomes easier. I do keep a supply of nuts and raisins, as well as cheese sticks, in my private office to ward off hunger pangs.
I'm curious: How do your workplaces look regarding food, and what strategies do you employ to avoid eating the wrong stuff?
Monday, December 02, 2013
Today I ran a simple four-mile road-run. There was a strong wind on the uphill stretch so I got a good workout before being blown back into town!
This is actually the third run I've managed to string together in a week, so I am getting back on track, so to speak. I'd actually stopped running from July on due to a double hernia that required surgery in late August. Between recovery time and a too full workload I didn't run until early November, although I was doing strength training (dumbbells) from late Sept. onward. Anyhow, I have knocked most of the rust off and regained enough form and fitness for the running to start to be a lot of fun again. Now to keep it up throughout the winter...
I'm aiming to be at 10k to half-marathon form by spring. This year I have decided to pass on the Snake River HM, which I have done twice, and use the entry fee for a new run or two yet to be determined. I'm hearing about more events in the Inland NW and I'd like to see some new sites and meet some new people. Any suggestions for events you've enjoyed, both road and trail running, are welcome.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Enjoyed a Thanksgiving at home and with the family. We had sunshine so we took advantage and walked dogs and horse, did a little on-line shopping to take advantage of the Thanksgiving sales (was it for this that the pilgrims sailed? ), and I wrote email notes of appreciation to colleagues in my workplace.
Paleo Thanksgiving dinner: roast turkey breast, sauteed green beans, mashed cauliflower, grain-free stuffing, and pumpkin pie with a nut-flour crust. All but the veggies prepared expertly by my teen daughter - a good sign for the future. Topped off with a nice gluten-free pilsner (Lakefront Brewery out of Milwaukee makes it under the label "New Grist").
Feeling very grateful tonight.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I ran a 10-K trail run this morning on our local E. Idaho "mountain." It was a great experience - temps in the 50s, wildflower season, running up and around woods and maintaining reasonable form and pace (finished in 1:00:29). This drew a good crowd, 3 dozen people - interestingly at least 60% women, I'd guess, showing the evolving demographics of trail running - and was a fine start to the day and the weekend.
Later I shared with my wife that I was probably the oldest person there at the ripe age of 52. Then I realized that I had felt perfectly comfortable saying that, even a bit proud of the fact. Yesterday (May 31) marked my 31st anniversary of my college graduation. So yes, I keep track of my moving into middle age status. I'm now firmly in what the track categories nicely label the "Masters" group. And I guess I'm fine with it. Probably this is because I'm actually healthier, fitter, and stronger now than I was in my 40s, or possibly ever in my life, given the changes in diet/nutrition and the more focused discipline of running I've adopted in the past few years. This is encouraging as I look toward the future. I'm esp. conscious of the need to be proactive in staying fit/healthy because my workplace colleagues in my cohort are increasingly showing signs of deterioration - physical, and in some cases emotional (dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and sadly, getting crabby, caustic, or depressed, and set in their ways).
My family has joined the local track club for the summer and three times a week we practice with mostly high school, middle school, and a good number of elementary schoolers. In the distance running group I'm definitely the oldest participant and work hard to keep in contact with the high school runners, and a 7th grade girl! Last week I tried, and failed, to pass my teenage daughter doing intervals - the torch has definitely been passed to the new generation. And I still love it. I hope to be doing this for a long time to come.
Well, if you got this far, thanks for hanging with these somewhat rambling impressions. Here's wishing health and happiness to you too.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
I had fun today! An eight-mile trail run by Liberty Lake (WA), just across the Idaho border. Beautiful trail (woods, waterfalls), weather, and a well-organized, hospitable, and laid-back event. I am definitely into trail running now - challenging, great scenery, fun!
I was pleased to place 14th overall out of 71 participants; ninth male of 31 overall, and second in my age group (50-59) with a time of 1:19:26 - right around a 9:56/mile pace.
Too late tonight to provide great prose or insight, but I do remember thinking as I was enjoying the downhill rush after the laborious climb up the 2800 foot hill -- this is one of those times when I really feel alive! And that's quite worth something, isn't it?
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