Sunday, July 05, 2009
I have a lot to be thankful for. My situation at work has improved, at least for the next 4 months, and maybe for good. I should know something more around the 1st of October. This takes a huge weight off my shoulders.
I have continued to keep up with my training. I ran 3 times this week, and one of those times, I did a treadmill speed drill of sorts. I was a little short on time for my workout, so I thought I would try increasing the intensity. I cranked up the speed every 1-2 minutes until I got up to 4.8 mph, which is a significant increase in speed for me. I stayed there for a few minutes, and then worked my way back down again gradually to about 4 mph, which is my usual running speed.
I have also continued biking, but my mileage has declined these last few works, mostly for reasons beyond my control: the weather, taking my son along, my buddy being pressed for time, and most recently, sheer fatigue. On Friday, since it was a holiday for me, I biked with another friend who has not biked much at all these last few years, and who wants to get back in shape. I had run both Wednesday and Thursday (having had to skip Monday and Tuesday because of work and family-related events), and I was feeling fatigued. Nothing hurt, but I felt a lack of energy, and went slower than my usual. I was also feeling a lack of energy during my group run yesterday, so today I am taking it easy. I may try some core exercises on the stability ball a bit later.
Finally, in a few short weeks, we'll be going on vacation to one of my favorite places in the world: Stowe, Vermont. It has made its name mostly as a ski resort, but not being a skier, I love it in summer because it tends to stay in the '70s, and it's relatively dry -- a pleasant change from D.C. There are lots of places to hike, swim, and ride bikes. There is also a spa there that has a unique therapeutic water fall, where 102 F water massages your shoulders, and you could sit in it all day. The mountain views are spectacular, which is great since I enjoy photography. To top it all off, it's also inexpensive if you do it through a timeshare or travel network, and we can get there by car, so its easy and guilt-free.
Another reason I like vacationing in New England is that I have grad school friends in the Boston area, and my in-laws live in New York, so we'll stop and see them on the way up, and on the way back.
Some treats I plan to enjoy sparingly: a trip to the Ben and Jerry's factory in nearby Waterbury, Vermont, a spa day, a visit to the Cabot Creamery, apple cider donuts, and hard cider. Some of the best cider in the world is made locally. There are some great brands that you usually can't find outside of New England.
More good news: While my husband is still waiting for his clearance, he has part-time work for the summer, and I signed up to go to the Sparkpeople Convention in Cincinnati in September. Will I see any of you there? I hope so.
I hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend. Have a good week, all, and keep up the good work.